The Plan Collection's Design Trend Predictions For 2020 Are in, And Zen Dens Are Officially the New She Sheds

I am all about this trend.

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There's no guessing what the next year's wave of design trends will consist of—DIY backyard guest houses? All-black kitchens? Backyard pools that rival waterparks? Whatever they may be, you can bet that health and wellness will be at the very forefront of the motive behind popular designs. Taking care of yourself is all the rage (and super important) and your home—or at least, some spaces in your home—should also reflect that.

The Plan Collection, a website providing homeowners and builders over 20,000 house plans, has gathered their top predictions for 2020 home design concepts—and they didn't disappoint. One of the upcoming trends includes none other than a very health and wellness focused new version of the popular she shed—the zen den.

Zen Dens are "a designated area in a home devoted to expanding one’s self-awareness to experience maximum relaxation," according to the Plan Collection. "Zen Dens are used as a meditation room or a space to practice yoga and—in an open floor plan—a nearby place to “get away” from too much activity."

Basically, zen dens are a dedicated space in your home used to unplug, sit back, and relax. And you don't need to go all out building yourself a backyard guest house for you to meditate in; they can be as simple as a small space in the corner of your bedroom. Your zen den is personal to you—and you only.

Lucie Ayres, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, spoke to the Los Angeles Times back in 2017 about how to create your very own personalized zen den. “Do your best to pick no more than five things for your calm space,” she advised. “And those five things should have a variety of textures—things that will stimulate your senses and force you to be present.”

The one thing your zen den definitely shouldn't include is any form of technology—not even calming sound machines. Ayres says that any kind of electronics overstimulate us, which is the exact opposite goal of having a zen den.

The main things you'll want in your zen den are a comfy blanket, a soft pillow, calming wallpaper or prints, a small table or two, and of course, some calming refreshments. Chamomile tea, anyone?

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