20 Practical Meditation Room Ideas For Small Spaces
We used our creative juices to help you create a gorgeous and calming meditation room in an apartment or small space. We covered everything including decor, essentials, wall colors, and furniture.
Meditation is proven to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, enhance self-awareness, focus, and mental health so having a space dedicated to just that is incredibly helpful. However, most people don’t have the foresight to purchase a home or apartment with a meditation room in mind.
There is a ton of advice on the internet about how to create a meditation room but what they often forget is that you have space constraints to work around. So, images of serene meditation rooms with floor to ceiling windows are great, but we want to be practical and help you make use of the space you have available. In this article we’ve covered finding a practical space for your meditation room, the supplies to put in it and then some simple decor advice to complete your vision.
Finding Space For Your Meditation Room
According to the National Apartment Association, since 2006 apartment square footage in the United States has been shrinking. The average size has decreased by 8% in the last ten years, naturally driven by shrinking square footage in densely populated cities. What that means is, it’s ever-important to understand the many ways you can get all-purpose usage out of your space to fit your changing needs.
We’ve discussed apartment gyms in the past along this same vein, but today we’re going to focus solely on creating a gorgeous and serene meditation room by working with the space you’ve got. Let’s discuss ways you can find space for your meditation room or area with the square footage you’ve got.
Make Your Space Sacred
A prerequisite for you may be that your meditation room is somewhat private. Many meditation practitioners prefer to dedicate a full room to meditation for privacy and energy maintenance. If your home is a high-traffic one, you may not want many people having access to your meditation room and potentially disrupting the energy balance you’ve created. So, if a dedicated room is possible in your home, take advantage of it.
Leverage Corner Space
In reality, it doesn’t take a ton of space to create a serene area for practicing meditation. Ideally, if you have enough space to sit, lay, and potentially stretch that is plenty. This makes creating a meditation room in a small space really easy to accomplish because you may not have much square footage to dedicate. But, you certainly have many many corners.
Take advantage of your corners. In small spaces and apartments, corners end up being really valuable space with regard to storage and decor. If you don’t have a separate room that you can dedicate at least 50% of the space to your meditation area and supplies then find a free corner near a window.
Here’s an example:
In both images, the meditation space is taking advantage of an otherwise free corner and window adjacent with plants, pillows, scents, and other meditation supplies.
Try To Find A Window
Natural sunlight is your source of vitamin D, it’s mood boosting and it’s relaxing. Also, if you have a pretty good view, looking out of the window before or after your meditation and observing the clouds and trees etc. can be helpful to your mood.
Consider Sharing Space
You can create a meditation area in any room. Personally, my office doubles as my meditation room and it works out because this happens to be a room that has some extra space for me to work with. Additionally, it’s also a space that people avoid traipsing around in. For some reason, and I’m not complaining but people really respect my office and will ask permission before entering. So, combining your office with your meditation space could check your privacy box.
Next, creating a meditation space in your office can improve your work experience. Because my meditation space always smells amazing, has candles burning, and a fountain running, my office gets to benefit from the ambience as well. As a result, I’m more at ease during conference calls and I overall feel happier working from home.
Repurpose A Closet
If you don’t have a free corner available and can’t share a space consider using closet space. If you have a walk-in closet or a closet large enough for a small table for candles, journals, and singing bowls it can make for an excellent meditation area. If you’re like me, you have at least one closet that’s just for storage. That’s the closet you should pick for your small meditation room.
Go through your storage closet to see what you can get rid of. If you haven’t used most of the items in a full calendar year, you probably don’t need them. Toss out whatever you don’t need and start building your sacred space in the closet. The closet ticks off so many boxes because in one fell swoop your meditation space is made both private and convenient.
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What To Include In Your Meditation Room
Before we dive in, we’ve written in-depth articles about the most common products that you might like to have in your meditation room or space and where you can find them. You can check them out now our reference them later. There are a variety of tools and decor items that can really help complete the feeling of your space, from meditation chairs, and meditation pillows to the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps, and meditation books.
Bring nature into your meditation room by adding plants, rocks, and twigs. Use rooms or areas that have direct access to sunlight. Bring in natural elements like feathers, fish or birds and consider bringing in running water in the form of a decorative fountain. My decorative fountain might be my favorite part of my meditation room. Maybe it’s because I’m a water sign? I don’t know, but it’s freaking gorgeous. You can find it on Amazon here.
Be Guided By Your Senses
Allow your senses to help you decide what to include in your room. What scents relax you? What fabrics are relaxing? Me, personally, I burn Cashmere Plum scented candles in my space because the scent is incredibly comforting. Additionally, if I want to limit my light source, the flicker from the candle gives the room an auburn hue and watching the shadow of the flame on the wall is incredibly relaxing.
I keep a lightweight blanket or two (like these) because I actually prefer meditating while laying down and I’ve gotten my preferred body temperature down to a science. Meditation is an exploration of you. And, your meditation room is a reflection of your personal needs. So, think about sensory elements that your body can interact with.
Bring Audio Into Your Meditation Room
Meditation bowls are absolutely stunning for the senses. By either tapping bowls with mallets or running the mallets around the rim of the bowl, you can fill your room with an incredibly rich and soothing sound that instantly relaxes your body.
If you prefer music or guided meditations have your iPad or tablet queued up with soothing music. Your cell phone isn’t the best idea for an audio device because the opportunity for distraction is so great. Between text messages, emails, various alerts, and the temptation of social media you may find that it’s a bit of a hindrance. So, consider a device that isn’t as “connected” to serve as your audio device.
Or, if you’re like me and just prefer sounds of nature, you can utilize a decorative fountain, the subtle sounds of the water pump from your fish tank, or chirps from your bird friend.
Have A Meditation Journal Ready
Really helpful impulses and answers flood in while in meditation and soon after coming out. It’s really helpful to have a journal handy to jot those thoughts down and come back to them later for guidance and reassurance. We’ve written an article about our favorite journals with prompts that are on the market right now and you can read it here.
Not only are journals excellent for capturing guidance as it comes in, but just drawing whatever comes to mind and extending that mindful energy into the page is incredibly therapeutic.
Meditation Room Furniture
The primary pieces of meditation room furniture that you’ll want to consider are meditation benches, chairs, and pillows. As I mentioned earlier. We’ve already spent a few days writing articles about the most popular meditation chairs, benches, and meditation pillows on the market. So if you’re looking for recommendations for meditation seating and back support, I would check out those articles.
How To Decorate Your Space
Now that we’ve discussed optional locations for your space and what to put in it, let’s discuss simple decor that can support your energy while in your meditation room. Let’s take a look at colors and different elements that you can incorporate.
Meditation Room Colors
If you’re considering a different wall color for your meditation space here’s a quick list of some excellent color options and why you may want to choose one of them:
Your brain reacts differently to certain colors. Yellow colors elicit feelings of fun, excitement, and energy. It can be an excellent color choice for a meditation room or space if you enjoy tapping into your high energy to center yourself. If you do decide to incorporate yellow into your decor consider an accent wall, yellow flowers, or adding yellow meditation pillows to your space.
Blue colors lower blood pressure, slow respiration, and slow heart-rate which elicits feelings of calmness and serenity. It’s pretty clear why blue colors are so great for a meditation space. Still, make sure not to use a shade of blue that is too dark. Darker shades encourage feelings of depression and sadness. Instead, you’re looking for a nice warm blue hue that is neither stale or depressing.
Green is also an excellent color for a meditation space because it combines that high-energy fun spirit of yellow with the calming relaxation of blue. As a result, many green hues evoke calmness and relaxation as well.
Neutral colors are really easy to work with because they’re so versatile and common. Maybe you live in an apartment and do not have the proper permission to change your wall color. Or, perhaps you’re sharing your meditation room with another room. Neutral colors work just fine and you can always accent your space with other colors that match the preferred mood of your meditation space.
Meditation Room Decor
Adding energetically supportive elements to your space will bring your vision together and illustrate your personality. Here are some of the key elements you’ll want to consider adding and why:
Wood elements are particularly gorgeous in meditation spaces because they’re grounding and often add their natural fragrance to the room. Wood also symbolizes strength and fertility. You can incorporate wood elements into your space via live trees, figurines, and statues.
When it comes to your meditation room, go for the gold! Gold is the expression of vibrant energy and is believed to bring about balance, peace, prosperity, and good fortune. You can find gold singing bowls online like this Tibetan handmade singing bowl on amazon.
I can’t stress enough how important live plants are for your space. Live green plants naturally clean your air, they’re also relaxing and fun. Load up on plants! We wrote an article about the best low maintenance plants that you can own. They’re basically unkillable. If you want to bring more plants into your space but you’re a notorious plant killer, you should check out this article.
Crystals can be incorporated into your space based on your specific goals but Clear Quartz and Amethyst are both regarded as all purposes healing crystals that are mentally cleansing.
So, that’s our advice for how to create a meditation space with the area you’ve got and some great ways to finish the space. Do you have any ideas not listed? Would love to chat in the comments!
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