Zen, Photography, and Interior Design

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As our lives become increasingly complex, an inner urge emerges to simplify our living areas to create balance and peace internally.  Interior designers are being asked to create minimalist spaces for their clients that still resonate with character and sophistication. This is a task that is easier said than done, as less is often more difficult to achieve than more.

Choosing just the right works of art to adorn walls is key to creating a Zen living space that also has warmth and life. Many intriguing photographs can be found to achieve this effect. The goal is to select those that are simple yet imaginative and evoke a sense of nature that can serve as a focal point for such designs.

Each room in a Zen design should have only one central focal point – a small Zen garden, a leaf print, or a simply stated wooden bench would suffice.  Such spaces should be highly functional and efficient, with many pieces of furniture serving a double duty.

Colors should be nature-oriented, and can be defined by the Zen photography placed on the walls.  Sage, coffee, taupe, and shades of balsa blend nicely together and create a natural, simplistic setting.

Also complementary to a Zen design are the photos of leaves.  As the humble leaf is the “factory” where food is produced for the mighty tree, it is symbolic of small things creating great results.  Dried leaves symbolize the harvest, while green, fresh ones symbolize the newness of spring. Photos of leaves fill the viewer with a sense of peace and harmony, making them ideal choices for stress-free living spaces.

Recessed lighting adds to the overall ambiance of such a design, and helps to illuminate the tastefully chosen Zen photos for decorating adding interest to the space.  A few candles sparsely spread throughout each room will add the Feng Shui element of fire for balance.

We have a large number of images suitable for imparting a Zen feeling to the design of a room throughout our site. You can visit a special gallery of our Zen imagery created using an exclusive technique by clicking HERE

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About Byron Jorjorian

Fine art nature photographer - loves life and having an office in the outdoors! Loves nature, art, photography & my family. Over 22,000 prints installed worldwide. More than 12,000 photographs published in books magazines and other print media
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3 Responses to Zen, Photography, and Interior Design

  1. Paula Grace says:

    Hi Byron,

    What a great post! Just the kind of post that would be great for Timeless Tuesday.

    I’m hosting a weekly party on Tuesdays starting Feb 2nd (next week) on timeless classics ~ check this post out for the details. http://paulagracedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/01/timeless-tuesday.html

    Parties like this are a wonderful way to gain exposure. I’d love for you to participate it will drive traffic to you blog/website.

    I’m looking forward to having you there!

    Paula Grace ~

    Like

  2. Paula Grace says:

    Hi Byron,

    The party will grow! Thank you so much for joining in.

    BTW ~ I received your photos. Thank you for being so kind and generous. I will get you before and after pictures once the room is done.

    Paula Grace ~

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