Meditation room design tips for any home

March 5, 2021

Much has been said about meditation: it may reduce stress, make us more self-aware, and improve our concentration. But finding time and a place for regular practice can be challenging, especially in busy households. 

To bring meditation into your daily life, create a dedicated meditation room — using light as your guide.

Designate a meditation space

Dedicate an area of your home to finding your zen: the guest room, an area of your home gym, or even a corner of your home office. Make sure the room is out of loud or high-traffic areas that could cause distractions. Any windows should have blinds or curtains so you can dim the room as you see fit. Move the furniture around if necessary, creating a small space you can call your own, complete with cushions on the floor or a yoga mat.

A meditation area in a room with relaxing smart lighting with cushions and a yoga mat on the floor

Meditation room lighting

Because light influences how we feel — it’s one of the reasons we’ve designed scientifically influenced light recipes — the lighting in your meditation room should be one of the first places you start when considering your meditation room design.

Incorporate natural light in meditation room design

Work with the natural light in your meditation room. Because the best times to meditate are mornings just after waking up, midday, and the end of your workday, you’ll need to know just where the sun shines in the room at each of those hours. Adjust your cushions, add curtains, or designate new positions based on the time of day to ensure natural light only helps — not impedes — your meditation practice.

Dim and brighten your meditation lights

The more flexible your meditation room lighting, the better — and one way to achieve that is ensuring your lights are dimmable. A dimmer switch that’s portable, such as the Hue dimmer switch, allows you to adjust the lighting even as you’re still in the midst of your meditation. The Hue dimmer switch installs easily   and can be customized to help you set just the right light for your practice.

Living room sitting area with smart lights set to a cozy, warm white glow

Enhance your experience with color

Add another layer of relaxation to your home meditation room by incorporating colorful light. Start off with the Relax light recipe, whose warm, orange glow was designed to encourage just that: relaxation.

As you become more attuned to your meditation needs, play with the colors of light in your space, such as purple, pink, or green. Whatever color aids you in your quest to reach a state of mindfulness, Philips Hue lights — with their millions of colors — can tune to exactly what you need.

Bright idea: Still having trouble finding your Zen? Let Philips Hue help you a little more with the Hue Labs Meditation lights formula. This formula guides you through a simple breathing exercise where your lights brighten to signal you to breathe in, and then change color and fade to signal you to breathe out.

Meditation room decor

The most important aspect of a meditation room is comfort and lack of clutter. Some items you may choose to include for your meditation room design can also help you in your journey to total peace:

  • Meditation cushions/seats: You need a place to sit in your meditation space, so make sure that you get cushions or chairs that support your body comfortably. 
  • Essential oil diffuser: Used for thousands of years, essential oils can help you get into the right mindset in which to find tranquility.
  • Crystals: Whether you believe in the power of healing crystals or not, these beautiful objects certainly bring a beauty to the space that may help calm your senses.
  • Tibetan singing bowl: These unique bowls create a hum thought to help bring your mind, body, and soul into a place of harmony.

There is no right or wrong way to design a meditation room in your home. Start simple, adding things as you increase the frequency of your practice — and it just might become your favorite space.