Zen Style Home: Interior Tips & Wallpapers

Zen philosophy originates from Mahayana Buddhism and emphasises meditation, intuition, and the direct experience of enlightenment. In the context of interior design, Zen style promotes a serene and uncluttered environment that supports mindfulness and inner peace. The essence of a Zen style home is drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese aesthetics, which focus on simplicity, natural elements, and a balanced layout. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore essential Zen style interior tips and wallpapers to help you transform your home into a tranquil sanctuary.

Don’t overlook these 5 key elements of Zen style home

Creating a Zen style home involves focusing on simplicity, nature, and harmony. Here’s an elaboration on the five key elements to help you achieve this tranquil aesthetic:

Element #1: All about simplicity

Start by decluttering your space, keeping only the items that serve a purpose or bring joy. This minimalist approach creates a sense of calm and order, allowing the mind to relax. Furniture should be simple, practical, and comfortable, reflecting the Zen principle of ‘less is more’.

Japandi living room interior design paired with wooden furniture

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Tip: Looking for home organising tips? Learn more our 5 home organising tips to create spaces that spark joy together!

Element #2: Opt for natural materials

Incorporating elements like wood, stone, and bamboo not only adds a natural touch to your interiors but also promotes a connection with the earth. Consider wooden furniture, stone countertops, and bamboo accents to achieve a harmonious and organic look.

Modern zen style living room paired with natural material furnitures (wood, bamboo, linen, etc)

Source: TLC Interior 

Element #3: Consider neutral colour palette

Colours like whites, beiges, and soft earth tones evoke a sense of peace and tranquillity. These shades are soothing to the eye and help to create a calm and balanced atmosphere.

Japandi living room interior in neutral colour palette

Source: The Decorologist

Element #4: Think of balance and harmony

The arrangement of furniture and decor should promote a sense of flow and equilibrium. Symmetry and proportion play a key role in achieving this balance. Place furniture thoughtfully, ensuring that each piece complements the others and contributes to a harmonious layout.

Symmetric japandi living room interior style

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Element #5: Incorporate nature

Bringing the outdoors inside with plants, water features, and natural textures enhances the sense of tranquillity and connection to nature. Indoor plants purify the air and add a touch of greenery, while water features like small fountains or aquariums create a soothing ambience with their gentle sounds. Natural textures, such as woven baskets or linen fabrics, add warmth and depth to the space, making it more inviting and peaceful.

Zen style living room decorated with indoor plants

Source: Renovate Singapore 

What types of wallpapers are suitable for a Zen style interior?

For a Zen style interior, the goal is to create a peaceful, balanced, and harmonious environment. Here are some types of wallpapers that are suitable for achieving this aesthetic:

  1. Neutral and earthy tones: Wallpapers in shades of beige, taupe, soft grey, and muted greens to evoke a sense of calm and connection to nature.
  2. Natural textures: Wallpapers that mimic natural materials like linen, bamboo, or grasscloth to add a tactile and organic feel to the space.
  3. Minimalist patterns: Simple, understated patterns such as thin stripes, subtle geometrics, or soft, irregular shapes to maintain a clean and uncluttered look.
  4. Nature-inspired motifs: Designs featuring elements like leaves, branches, stones, or water motifs to bring the serenity of the natural world indoors.
  5. Solid colours: Plain wallpapers in calming colours like soft blues, gentle greens, or warm browns promote a tranquil and cohesive atmosphere.
  6. Japandi fusion: Wallpapers that combine Japanese minimalism with Scandinavian simplicity, using light wood and muted tones to create a serene blend of styles.

These wallpaper choices help cultivate a Zen-like ambience, encouraging relaxation and mindfulness in your home. Read on as we share some of our favourite wallpaper ideas to create a serene and tranquil Zen-inspired space.

Zen wallpaper #1: Bamboo Garden, Japanese Mural Wallpaper

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of our Bamboo Garden, Japanese Mural Wallpaper, inspired by the serene forest of bamboo. Bamboo, delicately painted in light watercolour strokes, infuses your space with a sense of stillness and deep relaxation. The result is a lightweight, airy feature wall that creates a harmonious and serene ambience, perfect for a Zen style home.

Bamboo Garden, Japanese Mural Wallpaperfeatured on a wall near a door and a wooden table with kitchen wares on top

Featured: Bamboo Garden, Japanese Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #2: Moon Zen, Japanese Mural Wallpaper

Experience tranquility with our Moon Zen Japanese Mural Wallpaper. Featuring cherry branches elegantly draped against a full moon, this mural brings a sense of stillness and zen to your space. Instantly soothing and relaxing, it transforms your room into a peaceful retreat, embodying the essence of Zen style.

Moon Zen Japanese, Wallpaper featured on a wall of a bedroom with multicolored pillows and a patterned sheets

Featured: Moon Zen, Japanese Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #3: Lilo Fern, Tropical Pattern Wallpaper

Enhance your living spaces with the Lilo Fern pattern wallpaper which showcases delicately hand-drawn ferns that add a refreshing and elegant touch to your walls. This wallpaper effortlessly uplifts and brightens any space in your home, offering a touch of nature and serenity to your Zen style home.

A cozy dining area with a wooden table set, modern decor, and a woven pendant light. The room is illuminated by natural light, highlighting the Lilo Fern, Tropical Pattern Wallpaper in Sand

Featured: Lilo Fern, Tropical Pattern Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #4: Kasumisou, Japanese Mural Wallpaper

Inspired by the delicate beauty of Kasumisou, the Japanese term for gypsophila or baby's breath, our Kasumisou Japanese Mural Wallpaper brings warmth to any space. Featuring a gentle arrangement of gypsophila twigs and flower buds, this design evokes an atmosphere of softness and serenity, perfect for a Zen style home.

Kasumisou Japanese, Mural Wallpaper, featured in a cozy living room with warm, earthy tones.

Featured: Kasumisou, Japanese Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #5: Shoji, Japanese Mural Wallpaper

Indulge in the serene beauty of Japanese interior style with Shoji, Japanese Mural Wallpaper. This modern interpretation of the traditional shoji screen brings a sense of calmness and tranquility to your space. Embrace the essence of Zen with this elegant and minimalist wallpaper.

Shoji, Japanese Mural Wallpaper in a Japanese-inspired bedroom with light wood

Featured: Shoji, Japanese Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #6: Breeze, Waves Mural Wallpaper

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Breeze, Waves Mural Wallpaper, featuring meticulously etched waves in a soft and serene colorway. This wallpaper, composed of millions of delicate white lines, creates the illusion of an undulating sea against a soothing, icy blue backdrop. Drawing inspiration from the harmonious blend of Japandi style and Asian design, it is perfect for those who seek Zen style home.

Closed up Breeze, Waves Mural Wallpaper in blue featured on the wall of a cozy bedroom

Featured: Breeze, Waves Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #7: Oriental Birdsong, Animal Mural Wallpaper

Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the East with our Oriental Birdsong Animal Mural Wallpaper. This exquisite design captures the tranquil ambience of a traditional Japanese garden, where birdsong echoes amidst the rustling bamboo leaves. Perfect for creating a Zen style home, providing a soothing retreat from the everyday hustle.

Oriental Birdsong, Animal Mural Wallpaper in natural colourway featured on a wall of a bedroom

Featured: Oriental Birdsong, Animal Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #8: Anna, Watercolor Bamboo Japanese Wallpaper

Bring the relaxing ambience of a bamboo forest with Anna Watercolor Bamboo Japanese Wallpaper. This perfect choice infuses a calming atmosphere and adds a touch of nature to your interior. The Japanese-inspired design is ideal for those seeking a touch of Zen that transforms any room into a haven of calmness and centeredness. 

Anna, Watercolor Bamboo Japanese Wallpaper in zen style living room

Featured: Anna, Watercolor Bamboo Japanese Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #9: Ara's Birch Trees, Mural Wallpaper

Infuse your space with serene tranquility through Ara's Birch Tree Mural Wallpaper, a captivating zen style wallpaper design showcasing majestic birch trees that seemingly reach for the sky.

Ara's Birch Trees, Mural Wallpaper in Light Grey featured in a room that is adorned with a wooden ladder, a towel, a lamp atop a wooden stool, and two stacked brown briefcases beside the ladder.

Featured: Ara's Birch Trees, Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #10: Marigold Mountain, Watercolor Wallpaper

Marigold Mountain, Watercolor Wallpaper, a hand-painted to evoke tranquility. The peaceful mountain design, crafted with subtle watercolour strokes, enhances various rooms and styles.  The warm marigold hues and peaceful design add depth and vitality, making it a versatile choice for any room, transforming your space into a Zen style home.

A minimalist interior features a white wooden dresser with a tan vase of dried grass, a book, and a white ornament  on top. A light brown rattan chair is placed beside the dresser, and the wall behind is adorned with Marigold Mountain, Watercolor Wallpaper in Grey.

Featured: Marigold Mountain, Watercolor Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #11: Spindle Craft, Pattern Wallpaper

Experience the timeless beauty of handcrafted textiles with this exquisite design. Drawing inspiration from the art of spinning yarn and traditional craftsmanship, this wallpaper captures the meticulous care and handiwork of a weaver's loom. The light, warm colour tone brings an air of elegance and a touch of Zen atmosphere to your space.

spindle craft wallpaper in living room with sofa

Featured: Spindle Craft, Pattern Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #12: Noelle Fern, Tropical Pattern Wallpaper

Infuse a sense of calm and serenity into your room with the Noelle Fern Tropical Pattern Wallpaper. The delightful wallpaper showcases a repeating pattern of delicate fern pieces, perfect for revitalising your interior space. It creates a rejuvenating Zen atmosphere, making your home a serene retreat after busy day.

Noelle Fern, Tropical Pattern Wallpaper, in green as seen in a cozy living area with comfortable chair and soft pillows.

Featured: Noelle Fern, Tropical Pattern Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #13: Forest Landscape, Ombre Mural Wallpaper

Elevate your living area with the tranquil charm of our Forest Landscape Mural Wallpaper. This breathtaking design encapsulates the beauty of nature, featuring a dense forest set among gentle hills. The gradient colour palette brings depth and a calming ambience, fostering a Zen atmosphere in your home.

Forest Landscape, Ombre Mural Wallpaper in Dark Blue featured in a wall of a living area with wooden furnitures and flooring, with an assortment of pillows on top of a cushion.

Featured: Forest Landscape, Ombre Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #14: Chinoiserie Forest, Mural Wallpaper

Chinoiserie Forest, Mural Wallpaper, showcases the enchanting beauty of citrous trees, exotic birds, and swirling butterflies, bringing a touch of oriental elegance to your living space. With its soft and refreshing colour tones, this versatile design seamlessly complements various room styles, making it a perfect choice for any area of your home.

Chinoiserie Forest, Mural Wallpaper in Sand as seen in a dining area with the dark and light wood dining table and chair

Featured: Chinoiserie Forest, Mural Wallpaper

Zen wallpaper #15: Misty Fir Woods, Landscape Mural Wallpaper

Surround yourself with tranquillity using the Misty Fir Woods, Landscape Mural Wallpaper. This peaceful design envelops your room in a zen-like aura, ideal for Zen style home enthusiasts. It transforms your space into a serene haven, providing a calming influence for your daily life.

Misty Fir Woods, Landscape Mural Wallpaper featured on wall of bathroom with a bathtub and planters seen on the bathroom

Featured: Misty Fir Woods, Landscape Mural Wallpaper

Creating a Zen sanctuary: Your path to a tranquil home

Achieving a Zen-style home is all about attention to detail and creating a space that feels both peaceful and inviting. By incorporating natural materials, minimalist principles, and carefully chosen elements like soothing wallpapers, you can transform your home into a serene sanctuary that nurtures both body and mind. Whether you start with small changes or undertake a complete makeover, these tips and our curated Zen wallpapers will guide you towards a harmonious haven where relaxation and rejuvenation are a daily experience. Embrace the tranquillity and watch your home become the calming retreat you’ve always desired.

Why choose Hello Circus’ wallpapers?

We understand your wall comes in different shapes and sizes. Each wallpaper is therefore customised to the dimensions of your wall, making each wallpaper unique to your home. We also sell by per meter square (Height x Width x Unit Price) and not by rolls so that you only pay for what you need for your wall.

Check out our guide on how to measure your wall for wallpaper!

Benefits of our wallpapers

  • High Quality: Our wallpapers are printed on high quality non-woven paper in factories with the highest standards from Europe. They are reinforced with nylon fibres to make the wallpaper stable and resilient.
  • Matte and non-reflective: Our non woven wallpapers are coated with soft and non-reflective matte finishing.
  • Safe and non-toxic: Our products are printed using stain resistant, VOC-free (Volatile Organic Compounds) inks on breathable, PVC (Polymerizing Vinyl Chloride) free paper. This ensures that your family and more importantly, your kids are not exposed to toxic chemicals which are usually present in traditional paint and wallpapers, all of which may have harmful health effects. 
  • Antimicrobial Protection
  • Wallpaper washability: All our wallpapers are washable, meaning that their surface is resistant to damage, and any domestic dirt or water stains can be wiped with a damp cloth or sponge.
  • Resistant to colour fading: Our production technology is designed to ensure optimum resistance to colour fading.
  • Fire resilient: Our wallpapers are fire rated in accordance with EN ISO 11925-2.

Read more about our wallpaper materials and check out our Ultimate Guide to Wallpapers for answers to the most commonly asked questions about wallpapers.

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For wallpaper quotation: Please click on “Get Quote/Buy” of the product page that you like and submit enquiry with wall dimensions. Check out our bestselling wallpaper collection to get inspired! Installation is available as an add-on service for selected countries.

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June 15, 2024 — Daphnie Teo

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