Zen interior design ideas are greatly influenced by the Japanese interior, minimalist and ancient traditions.  Zen interior style encourages you to relax, unwind and create a sanctuary at home. For this reason, we’ve found our inspiration when designing for this apartment.

The Zen design colour palette as you can imagine is one of calm and relaxation, there’re no bold and vivid colours here.  We prefer a toned down, muted, quieter and softer colour palette throughout the entire show unit.

Furniture in the living room is kept at a minimal with clean and simple lines. Keeping the sofa at a lower level accentuates the height of the room.  With a built in end-table to the sofa, we have also designed a piece that is truly multi-functional, turning it into an end table or extra seating area where needed.  The coffee table is also kept at the same height with the sofa, it also serves up as an extension to provide for more seating when you have company over.

The play of light and dark, strong lines and soft curves give the living room an extension of space. The contrast of the lighter shade sofa against the darker wall covering enhances the space in the living room. Customised pendant light in the living area provides a dimmed but balanced illumination for the entire room.  The design influence of this light is one of clean simplicity with textured glass encased in a metal frame.

In keeping with the theme of minimalism, this angled built-in dining table is designed to maximise the space of the dining room. This angular, clean-lined, structural piece of furniture also makes for an interesting piece of conversation beyond being a utilitarian dining table.

The serenity and restfulness continue into the master bedroom.  The custom designed hanging pendant light in the bedroom is inspired by Japanese traditions of origami and traditional paper lanterns, providing soft illumination to a quiet space.

The bespoke bedside table and lamp is another good use of clean and simple design that is also multi-functional hence cutting down the clutter in the room.

One of the most traditional element in a Japanese home is the shoji screen.  Here the shoji screen with its quintessential lattice pattern and shoji paper is used as a sliding door for this customised TV console that hides the TV when not in used.  This customised TV cabinet also serves a display unit for all your curios.

In the Zen tradition of less is more, is another piece of multi-functional and compact piece.  The very unique portable tatami tea-set is an all-in-one serving tray, cushion seat and storage that is also self-contained when it’s not in use.

Bringing in the design interpretation of tatami flooring, the guest bedroom is built with a raised timber platform.  This raised platform also provides plenty of handy storage in a small space. Bringing nature into this guest bedroom, a large piece of classical art; a Japanese illustration of water brings calm to this guest room.