Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Zen Bathroom Inspiration

Have you ever had relatives tell you so much about their friends that you feel like you're friends with these people too? 

This seems to happen a lot with my sister's friends.  She has several friends who I consider my friends, yet I've never met them and most I've never even spoken to.  Sometimes I forget I haven't actually met these people because I feel like I've known them for a long time. I've seen pictures of them; they've seen pictures of me.  I know about their jobs, they know about my kids.  We're often friends on Facebook.

One time, one of my sister's friends -- Peter -- actually asked me on the phone, "Wait . . . have we ever actually met?"  He was serious.  And I actually had to stop for a minute and think about if we had ever met.
We hadn't.
Are we odd . . . or have you had this experience too?

Anyway, I got a text from my sister the other day asking if I could send her some Zen bathroom pictures.  Apparently, one of her friends, who I feel like I've met but I haven't,  is re-designing her bathroom and wants it Zen-inspired.

So here's to the friend of my sister who I've never met but I feel like I have .  .

So what makes a "Zen" bathroom? 

First, think minimalist, clean lines, neutrals and natural/organic colors and textures.
Many of the Zen bathrooms have natural/organic elements such as bamboo flooring, organic woven rugs, rocks or pebbles, and bamboo plants.  Bringing these elements into the design helps to create the Zen bathroom.

Most of the bathrooms also feel very spa-like.  To re-create this feeling at home, select towels that match the wall color, or are in the same color family.  The towels are often rolled and stacked in the Zen bathroom.  The other option is to just use all white towels to create a spa-like feeling.

Use as much natural light as possible.  Install lots of windows or skylights and bring elements of the outdoors in.  For example, use pebble flooring for the shower or bring plants into the bathroom.  Common plants used in Zen design include bamboo and orchids.

Leave the walls plain,or hang a few floral paintings or oriental designs.  Another option is to hang candle sconces.

Vessel sinks and seamless glass showers also seem to be very common elements in the modern Zen bathroom. 

In the end, the key to the Zen bathroom is creating a feeling of peace and serenity. 

So to the friend I've never met . . . I hope this helps! When you finish your bathroom, we'd love to see pictures!

To everyone else - if you're planning a re-design and would like me to find inspiration pictures for you, shoot me an email.  I'll create a post showing you what pictures inspire me for your re-design.


  1. I do like the Bathroom, it is so peaceful and elegant.
    I think it brings out the true nature with all the wood and plants and water.

  2. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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  4. A zen bathroom is designed to be a place for rejuvenation and meditation. If we trace the history of such designs, we can see that zen-inspired bathrooms are very Asian, so we incorporate decors with Chinese writings or symbols and images of Buddha. And, of course, choose designs that make you relax! =)

    Leeanne Dyson


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