If you ask a thousand different people how they would define a “Zen environment,” chances are good you’ll end up with a thousand different scenarios. A day or so ago, I would have said, “Natural elements. Spa-like. River rocks. Combed sand. The sound of water trickling somewhere. Calming, relaxing.” I would have imagined an austere environment…something very minimal and orderly. A low-contrast palette in earthy greens, browns, and beiges.
And then my friend Amy (a graphic designer and painter) shared snapshots of her new place, which features a colorful, lively palette. A combination of multiple fabric patterns tossed together haphazardly. Wonderfully jumbled and eclectic elements. Yet, when I saw the photos, I immediately felt a sense of calm and the first word that came to mind was, “Zen.”