A Guide to Setting Up Your Meditation Room

A meditation room, also known as a meditation space, is a dedicated area to practice your meditation.

Having a dedicated space for your meditation is critical to aiding your meditation practice. With that said, the key benefit of a meditation room is that it allows you to quickly focus your mind and get prepared to sit for meditation.

Once you have your meditation room or space established, it will in turn help inspire and prepare you to reach these goals in your meditation.

By the end of this article, you'll have learned the following:

  • What makes up a meditation room​
  • How to find a dedicated meditation room or space​
  • What to place in your meditation room​
  • What is a Meditation Room​

    A meditation room, or meditation space, is a dedicated place where you can meditate. This can be either a dedicated room, or just a dedicated space within a room. 

    To understand the value of a meditation room, let’s take a look at the purpose of any room within your house – for most rooms have a dedicated function. Your bedroom is for sleeping, your living room is for entertainment, your kitchen is for cooking, your dining room if eating, and so on. 

    Given the inherent nature of how we think of rooms or spaces, it’s therefore natural to carve out an area within your house just for meditation. With a dedicated meditation room, you ultimately have an energetic space that is aligned just for your meditation.

    When selecting and building your meditation room, you’ll want to find an area within your home that has privacy and is buffered from noise.  It is critical that your room meets these two needs.  Having a tranquil environment is critical for any meditator who wants to deeply meditate.

    Do I Need A Dedicated Room?​

    While we’ve been talking about a meditation room, the truth is you don’t need a dedicated room for meditation. For most people, it is not practical or possible to have a room solely dedicated to meditation.

    Therefore, focus on a finding a space within your house that has privacy and is quiet.  For most people this will be a bedroom or office/den. These room of your house get less foot traffic, especially if you have family members.  This means you can sit for your meditation without having to worry about be interrupted.

    Nothing ruins a meditation more than not being able to concentrate in a peaceful environment. So it’s critical you select a space that is tranquil and evokes peace of mind.​

    Meditation Room Essentials​

    Once you’ve selected your dedicated space, the next element of your meditation room is the decor. Meditation rooms can be decorated with a number of objects. This can include a meditation altar, cushions or blankets, lighting, art and more. 

    There are no rules around how to decorate your meditation room. It can be minimalist or you can 

    To learn more about each of these elements that create your room, click on the links below to see more detailed articles on purchasing or creating these aspects of your meditation room:

    Meditation Altars​
    Meditation Cushions
    Meditation Blankets
    Meditation Art
    Meditation Lighting

    Meditation Room Colors

    The color of your meditation room can be a factor in setting the mood for your meditation. Therefore, if possible, you should try to align the colors of your room to your meditation goals.

    Colors themselves have interesting connections to emotions. For instance, more vibrant colors like red or orange can create restlessness or excitement, while cooler or natural colors like blue or green can create a calming effect. 

    Since the goal of most meditators is to create a calm, peaceful environment, you should be mindful of the colors to have colors that match that desire.

    Below is a full breakdown of each color and the mood it is associated with:

    Color​Mood
    Purple or VioletAssociated with clarity, tranquility and balance​
    BlueAssociated with peace, joy and calmness​
    GreenAssociated with harmony and nature​
    YellowAssociated with cheerfulness, energy and irritation​
    OrangeAssociated with warmth, excitement and energy​
    RedAssociated with passion, excitement and anger​
    WhiteAssociated with light, purity and innocence; in some eastern cultures it is associated with death​
    BlackAssociated with darkness and sorrow​
    GreyAssociated with dullness and boredom​

    Given this table – when selecting colors for your meditation room, it’s ideal to stick with calming colors such as blue, purple and green. Orange is also seen as a spiritual color, for saffron robes are worn by buddhist monks or yogis. Though a completely orange room is likely to stimulating a room color for most. White, or some off-white, is probably the easiest bet. Since white is the absence of color, it’s the most neutral color for any room setting.

    While color can be important, don’t get overly concerned about this element of your meditation room. If you are stuck with the color of your walls, then it’s really not a big issue. The real essence of a meditation room is the mindset you bring to it. If you associate the room with your meditation and it inspires you to sit and meditate, then at the end day it really doesn’t matter what the color or decor of the room is.

    Meditation Room Ideas & Inspiration​

    There are no rules around what you can place on your meditation altar. Always keep in mind the purpose of your meditation altar is to inspire you to meditate and evoke meditative qualities such as peace, calm and joy.

    That said, below is a list of common objects people put on their meditation altar:

    Spiritual Statues (of saints, the Buddha, Jesus, etc.) ​
    Flowers
    Incense or sage​
    Crystal or stones​
    Rosary or mala beads​
    Photos of spiritual figures or loved ones​
    Art

    Please note, this list is not prescriptive or exhaustive in any way. Therefore when building your altar,  select objects that help you get inspired to meditate and get toward those inner states. These objects can be personal or impersonal in nature. They can also be spiritual or non-spiritual in nature. Remember, the altar objects should always align to you goals in meditation.

    Please don’t overthink what is on your altar. Having just a few meaningful objects is enough. Over time you can grow and evolve what you have on your altar. But at the beginning, aim to place a few objects that inspire and create an expansive and meditative mindset on your altar.

    Steps For Your Own Meditation Room Setup​

    As we mentioned, your meditation altar does not need to be turned into a big production. The most important aspect of your meditation altar is that it helps creates the environment to inspire you to meditate. Therefore, below are a DIY budget ideas around how to create your altar.

    Brian

    Brian

    Looking to help educate meditators at all levels, Brian is an avid meditator who likes demystifying the art of meditation. He helps provide simple techniques to help office workers, parents, students and those from all walks of life find methods to bring more peace, calm and joy into their life.