According to Thich Nhat Hahn, putting purpose and intention in personal space can create love and care in that space. You can then communicate with that same love and care. This is especially true for a meditation room. If you are planning to design a meditation room in your home, there are many aspects you must take into account. Irrespective of whether you plan to bring in a specialist designer or wish to DIY the whole project; you are going to have a lot of fun. Today, I am covering some of the best color schemes for your meditation room and will also be highlighting the steps that go in designing such a room.
Start with a theme
Always select a theme first. A theme will automatically give you all the ideas you need for your meditation room supplies, its colors as well as architecture ideas. If you are not planning a major renovation, then you can simply go for changing the wall colors and furnishings of that room. Here are some popular themes:
- Resort style– A resort style meditation room can evoke memories of your latest spa vacation on a remote island. The best colors for this theme include colors of the sea like blue, aquamarine, white, green etc. Below, I have included some meditation room design pictures to help you get an idea.
- Minimalist– This is one of the most popular of all Zen meditation room ideas. Minimalist meditation room is devoid of clutter and contains bare minimal furniture. Best colors for this meditation room style are white, faint blue, pale yellow etc. As far as furniture goes, just keep a few mats or mattress upon which to meditate. A chair and table may be included along with a small book shelf to store books by your favorite spiritual authors.
- Rainbow– Rainbow meditation room is a fantastic idea for people who like to meditate on all colors. It can make use of all kinds of vibrant colors and you can go all out in selecting the furnishings. Decorate the walls with vibrant colored paintings and choose different colors for each wall.
- Temple theme– This theme is designed based on temples inspired from Asian countries. A temple theme will need accessories like incense sticks, candles, exotic wall art, wood carvings , statues etc.
If you do not like any of these themes, feel free to add your own personal theme and ideas.
Choosing meditation room color schemes
Once you have decided upon a theme for the room, it is time to choose a color scheme. As with any interior design, there are no strict rules when choosing colors for meditation room. Use your personal taste to guide you. You can also simple select those colors which make you feel better. Along with that, note the following factors:
1. Colors impact you
All colors around us impact our moods and feelings differently. You can actually experience physical, mental and emotional changes because of specific colors. For example, some colors can increase your blood pressure, hunger levels, as well as your body temperature. So, it makes sense to select those colors which have a positive impact on your wellbeing.
2. Meditate before selecting colors
Many people “see colors” while meditating. Meditation also awakens your sixth sense which can be a powerful guide to help you in selecting the colors for your meditation room. Your mind will actually give you the answer as to which color is best suited for this personal space!
3. List down colors and how they make you feel
Close your eyes and see a color in your mind’s eye. Assess how that color makes you feel. List down your feelings for every color visualized in this manner. For example, for me, the words serene, tranquil and peaceful are associated with the colors blue or white. Pink makes me feel gentle; indigo makes me feel awakened while yellow makes me feel refreshed. Likewise, note down the colors and choose the ones that make you feel calm and serene.
4. Use the 60:30:10 rule
You need not just focus on a single color. For example, you can choose one color as the dominant color (60%) and 2 different colors as its complementary colors (30 and 10% each). The dominant color will cover most walls while the 30 and 10 % colors can be used in accessories etc.
5. Smell of colors
Note that the paints you use in your meditation room will give off fumes which can affect the air quality of the room for days. This could come in the way of your meditation. So allow a few days to air out the room after you paint it. You can also choose low emission, quick drying paints to avoid this.
The lights you use in your meditation room can impact the colors of the walls. Low lighting is best suited for such a room. The room should also be well ventilated which implies that it should have as much natural light as possible. Most meditators prefer darkness so you can use low intensity bulbs or candles to light the area.
Best meditation room colors
- White- This being a neutral and peaceful color, it is ideal for meditation rooms. Accessories can include colored mattresses, mats, pillows, etc. You can also add statutes, incense sticks, plants, wooden artifacts and heirloom pieces to add pops of colors.
- Pale yellow- You need not color all the walls with yellow, instead use light yellow drapes and add accent colors in the form of throws, rugs and cushions in complementary shades.
- Blue, Indigo and green-check out the meditation room design pictures below to get some ideas how to create a meditation room.