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Decoration in Buddhist style: interior in harmony with nature

29.4.2019 PhDr. Jiří Kočandrle Tips on products and their care

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Wondering how to get a positive atmosphere in your home? Try Buddhist style, with its purity of form, minimalism and natural materials. Furnish your interior with solid tropical furniture, plenty of greenery and positive decorations, such as a statue of an inspirational Buddha. What does this Buddhist style look like?

First of all, a few words about Buddhism itself - it is difficult to summarise all the principles of Buddhism in a few lines, as there are many philosophical and religious schools under this name, originating from the Indian subcontinent and other parts of Asia. But they all have the same basis, based on the teachings of the enlightened teacher Siddhartha Gautama, who is known as Buddha - the awakened one, the enlightened one.

Buddhism in a nutshell

The goal of this teaching is to liberate beings from the cycle of birth and death and to enable a conscious and blissful life by attaining nirvana. The Buddha discouraged people from blind faith and succumbing to the views of anyone else, however authoritative. In modern parlance, critical thinking is important in Buddhism, the basis of which is an open human mind, able to connect with the collective consciousness and to use even the knowledge of past lives.

The path to enlightenment and ultimate liberation leads, among other things, through a series of meditations through which Buddhists attain wisdom, compassion, joy and fearlessness. This path of liberation is governed by rules that vary according to Buddhist directions (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana). And since Buddhists in general are among the happiest and most peaceful people in the world, it is not a bad idea to create such an atmosphere in our homes.

Buddhism in the home

No consumerism, no aggressiveness, but pleasure of the spirit. The interior must be furnished in harmony with nature. Therefore, work with natural materials such as stone, wood, bamboo, petrified lava... All in natural colours of course, brown, green, blue, brick red, tropical amber yellow and also in black and white. The inhabitants of India, Asia and especially the islands knew well that natural resources must be conserved, so bet on minimalism for you too.

Choose carefully. Solid furniture made of teak or suar wood, for example, or an interesting coffee table with a top made of petrified wood, will suit your living room. Choose wooden, stone or bamboo floors. In the bathroom, a stone washbasin adds a tropical feel, and in the bedroom, a teak bedside table makes you feel good. Keep your interior simple, clean and with only the bare essentials.

Decorate sparsely, but cheerfully.

Natural furniture is decorative in itself, and to keep the interior as airy as possible, go easy on the decorations. However, a small statue of an inspirational Buddha or an interesting vase of flowers definitely belongs in the interior. Don't be afraid of scented lamps, sticks and candles - scent is also important for the right atmosphere.

Greenery, linen and cotton

There should be plenty of green plants in the interior, and home textiles should mainly be made of cotton and linen. Stick to natural materials for lighting, too, and use paper or fabric shades. This will create an interior where you live with a clear mind - in harmony with nature, free from disturbing elements and negative energy.

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