Tranquil, meditative and minimalist – these are just some of the terms commonly associated with Zen-inspired interiors, which are based on the Japanese philosophy and way of life. Natural elements and subtle colours are used to bring about a sense of balance and harmony, and the use of wood is particularly prized in Japanese interiors. Below, browse our round-up of stylish pieces and design ideas to create your very own calming oasis.

Clockwise from top left:

1 Bolia Fuuga sofa, from $2,947, from Danish Design Co.
2 The monastic simplicity of this bedroom lends to its contemplative quality.
3 Mocha Ikat Cushion, $120, from Living DNA.
4 Jia Ju beech wood rocking stool, $380, from Scene Shang.

Clockwise from left:

1 An open kitchen design by EHKA Studio.
2 Middle Kingdom glazed mini vase, $42, from Scene Shang.
3 Marble bowl, price upon enquiry, Luzerne.
4. Plate, from $32.50, from Ro Collection.

Clockwise from left:

1 Bathroom design by Akihaus Design Studio.
2 Nagaishi flower vase, $388, from Atomi.
3 Platform is a collection of four stands (they can be plant stands or side tables) from Idlehands design, price upon enquiry.
4 Aomori Hiba reed diffuser, $130, from Atomi.

From the Expert

“Simplicity and minimalism is important in achieving a zen look, and textures should not be complicated. Stick to a soft and neutral colour palette with main colours like wood tones, black, white and grey. Incorporating natural materials like wood, stone, plants and bamboo, as well as tatami mats (Japanese mats made of igusa straw) also lend to a feeling of calm. A balance of light and shadow brings out the natural feel and sense of simplicity of the space.”

Eric Chua, Sync Interior