Asian Zen is a captivating design style focusing on sleek lines, nature-inspired textures, balance, and minimal, contemporary décor that promotes relaxation and overall positive mental health.

The History of the Asian Zen Style

Originating in Japan during the 12th-13th century, the Asian Zen style is rooted in Zenshūyō, an ancient architectural style inspired by Japanese Buddhism.

Zen comes from a Sanskrit word that can be roughly translated as “absorption” or “meditation.” It started as a school of Mahayana Buddhism and eventually transformed into a style of architecture. The philosophy of Zen is the practice of self-discipline, meditation, and mindfulness and has become a notable influence in interior design over the years.

In recent years, the obsession with mobile devices and social media has become exhausting. Technology overload is creating a desire for safe spaces to “disconnect.” As we seek to live well, be well, and stay well we need to disengage from the chaos that is everyday life. Having a soothing atmosphere can offset daily stressors to help you feel tranquil and connected with your inner peace. This is why Asian Zen interior design has been growing in popularity in recent years.

 

Feng Shui and Asian Zen Style

The practice of Feng Shui plays a major role in most Asian Zen style kitchens and baths. An ancient Chinese practice originating over 3,000 years ago, Feng Shui aims to create harmony between people and our environment and promote positive energy and relaxation through the design of a physical space.

The Asian Zen Color Palette

The color palette is focused on colors and textures with an elemental and natural origin. The overall palette is lighter with plenty of natural lighting to inspire a serene environment. Cabinetry and furniture feature natural wood grain textures and earthy colors that are intriguing to the eye. Matte whites or light neutral shades are suitable for walls. Neutral, earth-tone shades and nature-inspired textures are commonly selected for ceilings and floors. 

Dura Supreme’s Metro-Horizontal cabinet door style in Natural Bamboo

Dura Supreme Cabinetry finishes with an Asian Zen Style. Silvered Textured TFL, White Cypress Laminate, Natural Bamboo Exotic Veneer, Hazelnut Walnut, Aloe Matte Foil, Natural Straight Grain Oak.

Selecting Asian Zen Style Cabinetry

Cabinetry within an Asian Zen style kitchen or bath is typically Frameless construction with cabinet doors that have minimalist, contemporary styles. Slab cabinet doors with a natural texture (like natural wood grain or bamboo) and an earth-tone, solid color help achieve the look.

Asian Zen style cabinet door styles from Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Sutton in Surf Matte Foil, Metro-Horizontal in Straight Grain Oak Natural, and Alpine in Loft Oak Laminate.

Dura Supreme’s Metro-Horizontal cabinet door style in Natural Bamboo exotic veneer.

Design Elements of Asian Zen Interior Design

This design style is all about minimalism and an open, clutter-free interior that create a peaceful home with positive energy. Asian Zen architecture uses large windows and doors with a focus on natural light. Furnishings are low to the ground for comfort and to create a more visually open space. For this reason you’ll typically see platform beds, low seated sofas, and low slung lounge chairs.

Master bedroom design by Moore Architects.

Design by Ispiri Design-Build, Minnesota.

Including elements of nature is essential in creating the ultimate Zen-style home. When selecting décor seek items with simple yet intriguing shapes. Try to add features that emphasize the five Feng Shui elements; wood, fire, earth, metal, and water (I.E. water features, candles, natural wood furnishings, house plants, metal picture frames, etc.)

Is Asian Zen Your Interior Design Style?

Dura Supreme’s Metro-Horizontal door style in Natural Bamboo exotic veneer.

A modern kitchen with bamboo cabinets with a horizontal grain pattern.

Dura Supreme’s Metro-Horizontal door style in Natural Bamboo exotic veneer.

Dura Supreme design by Yuko Matsumoto, CK, CBD of Altera Design & Remodeling, Walnut Creek, CA. Photography by Douglas Johnson Photography.

Dura Supreme design by Yuko Matsumoto, CK, CBD of Altera Design & Remodeling, Walnut Creek, CA. Photography by Douglas Johnson Photography.

Dura Supreme design by Danielle Bohn of Studio M Kitchen & Bath, Minnesota.

Dura Supreme bathroom design by Allison Steiger of dRemodeling, Pennsylvania.

Dura Supreme kitchen design by Bella Domicile, Wisconsin.

Dura Supreme kitchen design by Bella Domicile, Wisconsin.

Dura Supreme bathroom design by Lauren Strain of dRemodeling, Pennsylvania.

Dura Supreme Bathroom Vanity

Dura Supreme Bathroom Vanity

Dura Supreme bathroom design by Plain & Posh Distinctive Cabinet Designs, Westmont, Illinois. Photography by Focus-Pocus.

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Sr. Design & Marketing Specialist for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of experience in graphic design, web design, multi-media communications, photography, online trends, and social media technology along with 10 years of experience with Dura Supreme Cabinetry.  Her accolades include the distinction of being named “Kitchen Cabinetry Marketing Specialist of the Year 2019″ in the 2019 Content Creator Awards held by Corporate Vision Magazine (CV Magazine) and achiever of the Houzz Influencer Award. Her role at Dura Supreme allows her to curate the “best of the best” designs, cutting-edge products, and fabulously functional Dura Supreme kitchens across the country and feature them here for inspiration and design ideas!

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