Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds
Who doesn't fantasize about the perfect bathroom, synonymous with peace and tranquility? A Zen bathroom may offer the ideal decor, combining soft colors with natural materials. Stones, pebbles, bamboo shoots, countertop accessories, exotic furniture...here is all our advice to obtain the most relaxing bathroom possible.
- Prioritize different materials
- Choice of floor covering
Priority materials for designing a Zen bathroom decor?
When one thinks of a Zen bathroom decor, the thought of bamboo and its light green shoots, grinning Buddhas, trickling water, natural stones and pebbles immediately springs to mind. The basic principle of a Zen bathroom relies on geometric forms and a sparse decor.
For a quick recap, here are the primary materials and patterns that are commonly used in a Zen bathroom:
- Stone on the floor or ceiling, especially in the shower, above the sink or better yet, over a countertop wash basin;
- Light wood (except pine) or an exotic species like teak, rubber or tinted oak! It can also be used for furniture, in the form of deck boards, a mirror stand or a 40 x 120 cm mirror!
Quick tip: Do you find pebbles peaceful? You can purchase 10 x 10 cm tiles that can easily be used to form a line of pebbles in the shower. Be carefule, as you can imagine how uncomfortable it is on your feet. This accessory is therefore not recommended for the floor!
Countertop wash basin
What is the best floor for a relaxing bathroom?
To continue to pursue the Zen theme, natural or natural-like materials will be prioritized, as is often the case. When planning out your layout, everything will come down to your budget vs the aesthetic result you wish to achieve.
We can use large slabs of natural stone with varying layers of roughness. They give the impression of being custom cut and offer an interestingyet perfectly anti-slip surface. If, on the other hand, you were hoping to follow current decorative trends, we would recommend large slabs of smooth tiles. When it comes to the color, beige, chocolate or gray taupe are ideal for a zen decor.
Floating floors add a touch of style to any bathroom space, a feat which can also be achieved by using a dark wood with a wenge shade or a lighter wood such as light or limewashed oak. If one element were to define a Zen bathroom, it would have to be the hardwood floors, which displays a noble material, the wood.
Hardwood-imitation PVC tiles or raisedrollable linoleum to roll are also options that are not necessarily ruled out. The availability of exceptional prints can make this an even better deal: a relatively accessible price with virtually no maintenance.
Zen decor ideas for your "Om" bathroom
While Zen bathrooms tend to be generally uncluttered, a variety of decorative accessories can be right at home.
Still in line with the Zen theme, do not hesitate to add some candles here and there, either in glass cylinders or on wooden candleholders. The candles can be white, brown, bright green, beige or any other shade that you think will set the right mood.
Feel free to use flowers in all their forms (wall stickers, paper or fabricor printed on the shower curtain, for example), as they will only complete the natural scenery. To add a note of spirituality, do not hesitate to place a pleasant sitting Buddha statue on a shelf, to watch over the de-stressing baths that are to come.
A Zen bathroom has a seducing allure due to its atmosphere and its green, plant-centered theme. Once all the work is done and the DIY complete, it's time to enjoy the Zen!
For more ideas on different bathroom designs for your dream bathroom, follow our editors' advice and check out their other guides:
- How to choose your Italian-style shower?
- Japanese-style bathroom: purity through cherry blossoms
- How to design a beautiful bathroom?
- How to choose between having a wardrobe or a large bathroom?
- How to choose your interior floor tiles?
- How to choose your bathroom lighting?
- How to choose your bathroom ventilation?
- How to choose your bathroom heater?
- How to choose your bathtub?
- How to choose your bathroom accessories?
- How to choose your bathroom units?
- How to furnish your bathroom?
- How to choose your kitchen and bathroom paint?
- How to install floating floors in your bathroom?
- How to choose your bathroom shelves and shower baskets?
- How to choose your bathroom radio and speakers?
Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds, 97 guides
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends. I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish. I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.