Exuding tranquility, this private Modern Zen Design House in Tokyo is envisioned as the perfect place to find inner peace. Balance is one of the hardest things to reach and since, our struggle and efforts are steady and focused in that direction, a perfectly balanced home helps us to achieve happiness. The place we spend most of our free time has a great impact upon our lives. RCK Design completed the Modern Zen Design House project, with this in mind: in order to have a blissful life, we need a neat and serene home environment. Despite being small (spreading over 120 square feet) it is smartly built. It integrates simplistic volumes and white walls, exhaling openness and a zen-like atmosphere.
The house was built as a temple for the body, mind and soul. “The house uses special windows to prevent outsiders to view the interior of the house, but still allows abundant natural lighting to enter. Both in its simple square shape and clean, exterior in grey and cool white gives this Zen style house. There are anchors and wire for green wall around the entrance. Organic plants prevent heat from sun lights in Summer and its photosynthesis produces oxygen all the year.” The tiny but functional house is characterised by low furniture, simple straight lines and quiet earthy colours, enhancing the feeling of tranquility. Do you find it inspiring?
Some shelves are purely functional, while others leave a little bit of room for decorative flair! In fact, the decorative shelves featured in today’s post showcase a range of styling possibilities, from the minimalist to the overflowing. Enjoy browsing the images below while taking in a slew of helpful styling tips from top brands and design bloggers.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.