How to create a zen terrace?

4 June 2019

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Creating a zen corner on the terrace

Small outdoor cocoon decorated with deckchairs from LAFUMA Mobilier

Outdoor space is a somewhere to escape to during the summer. Setting up a garden with a zen terrace should be organised to prevent falling into the trap of clutter, especially in small spaces. To escape from the noise of city living and create a cocoon of calm, separate the space with a partition or a wooden trellis that you can add to with pure-lined garden decor. Allowing you to hide from people looking in, aplanted wallis a more natural screen which forms part of current outdoor decor trends, and the shade sail also helps to demarcate a relaxing area.

In outdoor decoration projects, keep in mind that the zen garden is dedicated to well-being. For ground cover, it is betterto make high-quality, soft materials your first choice, for example a terrace in tropical hardwood or planks made of composite wood which is both cosy and comfortable. Choose light shades, with for example, a pearl-coloured stoneware tile.

Terrace set up with designer armchairs from LAFUMA Mobilier

All you have to do is set your small balcony or terrace with outdoor furniture. To create a haven of peace, invest inpatio and poolside furnituredesigned for relaxing. Therelax chair, specially designed for facilitating breathing and circulation, is perfect fortreating yourself to a moment of relaxation. Thedeckchairand thesun loungerhave their place in this outdoor living area. It is important to choosechairs and outdoor furniture items which are light, compact and space-saving, such as the portable collections by LAFUMA Mobilier. Chairs and armchairs which are too heavy can give a cluttered feel which would negate the effect of calm that you are looking for.

Minimalist decor for a zen-styled terrace

Zen is a Japanese branch of Buddhism that extols meditation. Even a little city terrace can transform into a source of peace, as long as it is arranged withgarden decor that has pure lines, and is harmonious and calming..

Choose light colourssuch as a timeless pastel which is so popular in thecolour trends for 2019. A touch of dark red on a flower pot will give a hint of oriental gardens. On a reed fence or pergola, you can string warm-coloured lanterns: soft outdoor lighting will give a warm atmosphere to a relaxing corner. For decor, choose small items with evocative details. Items that are very symbolic in Japanese gardens, such as white pebbles, bonsaï and a garden fountain will create azen-like, relaxing ambience.

Don’t forget about plants when arranging a zen terrace

Tropical inspiration for this outdoor space with deckchairs from LAFUMA Mobilier

In a window box, on a roof terrace or in garden borders, Asian-inspired plants and flowers will look lovely. Bamboo, which reminds everyone of a tropical garden, has the advantage of being very easy to take care of. Green plants that do not lose their leavesare favoured as the combination of the dominant colour of the vegetation and light coloured architecture creates a harmonious equilibrium. Choose Japanese steps in your garden path, and create a pathway of white gravel, bordered with grasses, or a bed of anthracite slate both very popular in contemporary gardens.