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How to Make a Zen Bedroom on a Budget
By:Kaylee Todd

The Sanskrit word for meditation is "Dhyana." When the Chinese tried to pronounce this word, it became "Chan," and when the Japanese tried to pronounce "Chan," it became "Zen." While the origin of the word may be a bit fuzzy, the concept is clear. Zen is simplicity, clarity, mindfulness, living in the present. Decorating a Zen bedroom on a budget can also be a meditation in simplicity.

Cool colors like blue and green are popular in Zen bedrooms.
Painting the room a calming color is the first step toward creating a serene Zen bedroom. Think about the colors of nature -- the blues of the sky and the greens of the water, the warm golds of the sand and the sun. Stay away from bright tones and busy patterns. Use crisp white or light colored bedding, as simple as possible when it comes to patterns or textures.

Decluttering is an essential part of creating a Zen bedroom.
Spend nothing at all on the next step of decorating your Zen bedroom by simply removing the clutter from the room. Not just the clothes on the back of the chair or the stacks of magazines on the floor by the bed. Take absolutely everything out of the room and bring back only the barest essentials -- the items that mean the most to you, that make you feel calm and peaceful.

Accessorize your Zen bedroom with nature.
Bringing in elements of nature is the next step in decorating your Zen bedroom. Once again, this is an inexpensive step. Shop at thrift stores for simple, unusual pieces of glass or pottery, woven baskets and storage pieces. Fill the glass and pottery with seashells or pretty stones. Store your junk in bamboo or woven boxes, baskets or chests. Create unusual wall hangings from twigs.

Symmetry and balance -- the elements of Zen.
Decorating your Zen bedroom symmetrically represents the balance in life that is part of the practice of Zen. Use two matched pieces wherever possible in the room. Place matching or very similar night stands on either side of the bed, each holding identical lamps and similar accessories. Hang two pieces of matching art over the bed. Prop two matching pillows up against the headboard.

Let the light into your Zen bedroom.
The final step in decorating your Zen bedroom is light. Cover the windows with only the barest of window treatments, or no curtains at all if possible. Add light to areas of the room that may benefit from natural light through the use of reflective surfaces or mirrors.