We all strive to combat the stress of our daily lives in many ways, but nothing truly beats the feeling of being in our homes. However, even behind our closed doors, they can sometimes feel just as stressful and chaotic as our lives outside. The principles of zen are making their way into mainstream interior decorating, and some feel these principles help to promote peace, flow, and calmness.
It’s no surprise that what helps one person feel more zen won’t be precisely the same for another, but zodiac signs can give some insight as to what we gravitate towards and why. Check out your sign below to find out what causes you to feel zen and some suggestions on how to make that happen!
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
You’re not one to follow traditional rules, and the thought of incorporating any zen qualities might cause you to tense up a little. Creating a zen atmosphere in your home doesn’t mean becoming boring or monotonous, but quite the opposite! To feel zen, you need to be able to embrace your unique and unconventional side. You can achieve this without having to overdo it, even just by having a statement piece of furniture that stands out or switching out traditional seating for something a bit more eclectic. As long as your individuality can still shine through, you’ll feel at peace.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
For you to feel zen in your home, you need to create a soothing atmosphere. You’re most notably drawn to water elements, which are highly associated with tranquility and relaxation. Though not everyone can live by a beach or an ocean, there are ways to incorporate those concepts into your home. Whether you choose to add some oceanic hues to your walls or to invest in a small fountain for the table in your living room, the smallest reminders can bring a sense of peace to your surroundings.
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
You don’t like feeling limited, so it’s no surprise that having too much stuff lying around makes you feel trapped. Creating a zen environment in your home can be achieved in the simplest of ways. Arrange your furniture in such a way that it gives you the most extensive amount of room. Spacing things out and arranging them to provide you with the open-room concept will help you breathe easier and take that weight off your chest.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
You’re drawn to the aesthetics of things, and the way items look and smell have a significant impact on you. Though it can be easy to want to overwhelm your senses with bright colors, your Earth sign aspects already thrive in earthier tones. Try to incorporate richer greens or browns in thoughtful ways, such as accent pillows on a couch or a large rug to tie the room together. It would also suit you well to bring in calming smells, so whether you choose to go the incense route or the option of essential oils is up to you.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
Let’s face it: You find yourself connected to your electronic devices, even to the point of depending on them for validation and getting through the day. While ultimately going off the grid may not be feasible, unplugging will benefit your mental health. You don’t necessarily need to get rid of all your devices, but you should try to keep them concealed. Hiding those pesky cords as much as possible can go a long way, and giving yourself the impression of disconnecting will do more than you expected.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
You’re sentimental and love to hold onto things because they remind you of specific memories, but it isn’t necessary to cling to every single memento. Zen has a strong focus on simplicity, but it doesn’t try and diminish aspects that are important to us. Focus on things that truly remind you of what’s important, like some photos of family, or an art piece given to you by a close friend. By displaying only a select number of details that matter to you, you bring focus to what is truly important and what gives you a sense of peace.
Leo (July 23 to August 22)
While it can be easy to get caught up in blinding lights and mirrors galore, there is something about embracing natural lighting that gives off a calming vibe. You need to feel your space is open and bright, but you don’t need to invest in gaudy lamps or over the top decorations to get there. Finding ways to incorporate natural, soft, lighting can help put your mind at ease and let you relax.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
Nothing brings you more peace than feeling as if you have control over your environment. Many of the zen principles tie into aspects that line up with your personality, which means it’s not difficult at all for you to create a space that helps you feel at ease. One option that will work well for you is arranging your furniture in a way that is both functional and pleasing to the eye. By creating an orderly, simple layout, you’ll feel less stressed overall and more at peace in your home.
Libra (September 23 to October 22)
For you to feel zen, you need to create an environment that brings life and balance into it. Plants are known to brighten our spirits, both in how they look but also in how they bring oxygen into the room. You enjoy creating beauty in your home, and plants are an easy way to achieve the look. They’re known to help keep us connected to nature and the world around us, so bringing in a few can make you feel your space is much broader and more open. Whether you choose to hang them by your windows, use smaller ones to keep on a shelf, or grab a couple of larger ones to balance out the room, the world is your jungle.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
You aren’t against being straight-forward with who you are or what you want, but you do prefer to keep some details about yourself hidden. You feel at peace whenever you don’t have to explain yourself, so you can take a page from the Zen principle of ‘subtlety.” It’s more captivating to allow your space to speak for itself and to enable those who enter it to use their imagination on what a particular piece represents. You thrive in creating an environment where everything isn’t spelled out and ordinary. By including a random art piece, a strange sitting option, or another random standout in your place, you provide that air of mystery and intrigue that helps you feel most at home.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
Let’s be honest; you can be a bit of a mess. You collect so much, and after a while, it can be overwhelming. It’s usually easier than we think to create a space that lets us relax, and for you, it can be as simple as getting rid of your unwanted/unneeded aspects. You may think you need all of the things you have lying around your home, but do you really? You need a space you can return to and feel relaxed in, rather than providing more reasons to escape. Removing your clutter will bring you the peace of mind that you didn’t realize you were missing.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
For you to feel Zen, you don’t need much, and that’s the whole point. Zen fixates on keeping things simple and minimal. This strategy works out well for you because as long as you have the essentials, you don’t need anything fancy. By investing in straight-forward, dual-purpose furniture, you’ll find you won’t require very many decorations or pieces to make the space feel calm. You can focus on the things that matter to you, as well as giving your mind the much-needed rest it deserves.