How to Create a Meditation Space in Your Home
If you’re dealing with stress, you’ve likely been dabbling in anxiety apps, trying to journal your way to calmness or even sitting down with crayons and adult coloring books. If you haven’t found an awesome way to deal with your stress, it’s time to give meditation a real shot (consistency is *key*). Our lives are busy, and it’s definitely hard to carve out space in your calendar to sit still and just breathe. But you’ll be more likely to make meditation time happen if you have a nice dedicated space to do it. Here are six ideas for setting up a personal meditation space in your home, so you can press pause, breathe deep and say “om” on the regular.
1. Pick a quiet spot (or the quietest you can find). This is probably a no-brainer, but it’s not super easy to do, especially if you live in a small apartment or have roommates. You might need to do something really creative to truly get away from it all — like installing your meditation space in your closet — seriously.
2. Curateyour calm. Assuming your meditation spot doesn’t overlook a gorgeous landscape or have a canopy of beautiful leaves for a ceiling, some decorating might be in order. Put up a photo of the ocean or a tranquil forest, or any other place in the world that takes you to a happy place in your head. Set out candles, incense or pillows to complete the zen aesthetic.
3. Bring some of the outside in. A lot of people find that natural elements enhance their meditative experience, so bring some greenery or fresh-cut flowers into the space. A calming jasmine plant or even a water fountain to emulate a babbling creek could really transform the vibe. Alternatively, a spot with natural light or some views of greenery out the windows can be calming.
4. Browse Pinterest for more aesthetic inspo. Pinterest users will never let you down when it comes to DIY home decorating ideas. There are thousands of set-ups pinned on the site if you’re not sure where to start, but remember, the idea isn’t to replicate what worked for someone else. You’re just looking for the right inspo to create a space that’ll speak to you.
5. Keep it clean and uncluttered. You won’t be able to concentrate with dust and debris piling up in your meditation space. Keep the knick-knacks to a minimum, and don’t let a meditation corner become a default drop-off area for clothes or mail.
6. Make it a no-technology zone. Unless you’re using a meditation app to guide your practice, there’s absolutely no reason to have a phone, iPad or computer occupying your mindfulness retreat spot. You don’t want to sit down to meditate and wind up scrolling through Instagram instead. Turn your phone on silent, so that you aren’t interrupted by texts or emails, and it’ll be way easier to get the full benefit of meditation.
Do you have a meditation space? Show us on Instagram by tagging @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)