For a little while now, wellness and sustainability have been at the core of global design movements. It came as little surprise when American e-commerce company The Plan Collection, who provides homeowners and builders pre-drawn house plans, announced zen dens as one of its top design predictions for 2020. Based on the Japanese Wabi Sabi aesthetic, a zen den is a personal space to retreat, rejoice and reboot.
The best part is that it’s possible to incorporate these calm caves into your home, no matter the size or decor style. Depending on available space and your budget, you can choose to dedicate an entire room, an outdoor area or a niche within your bedroom/study. Some pointers to remember: Keep design elements to a minimum (five or less), choose a muted palette, plenty of textures to stimulate the senses and maintain a tech-free zone.
We’ve picked out a few decor options to get you on your way.
1. The Albert Chaise Lounge by Afydecor, for when you want to lose yourself in a good read.
Rs.37,499 on offer. Buy here!
2. The Begonia Swing by HomeTown in polyethylene rattan will help effect a dreamy vibe in semi-alfresco spaces.
Rs.18,040 on offer. Buy here!
3. Find your centre on this natural straw Meditation Pouf by Zizi Cherry 13.
Rs.779 on offer. Buy here!
4. A contemporary take on the Himalayan salt lamp, the Dyuti Table Lamp by Fabindia features a wooden base with a hammered glass jar.
Rs.2,150. Buy here!
5. Delivering your daily dose of aromatherapy is this 120ml Mini Air-Humidifier by Yikebo Technology. Its sleek, portable design complements modern interiors. The USB-powered unit comes with an LED light and can be remote controlled.
Rs. 1,092 on offer. Buy here!
6. The evergreen Rattan Ball String Lights by Atnep is an economic and fuss-free ambient lighting solution.
Rs. 499 on offer. Buy here!
7. Nothing like natural lighting to set the mood. Try the Very Vanilla by Resonance, a paraffin-free, hand-poured soy candle.
Rs.750. Buy here!
8. Create a statement wall with this large-scale, meditative Lotus Decal by GUYI. The vinyl sticker is available in three sizes: small (44cm x 30cm), medium (62cm x 42cm) and large (84cm x 57cm).
Rs.525 onwards. Buy here!
9. Or with these nature-inspired, Chinese ink art-style Decorative Plates by Romantic Living. The 25cm-wide plates are crafted out of ceramic and enamel.
Rs. 3,523 each. Buy here!
10. Frame a motivational quote from your favourite film/book like this Lord of the Rings Watercolour Rendering by Ilan Grace.
Rs.195 onwards on offer. Buy here!
11. Pick soft furnishings with tactile textures like the Pom Pom and Fringe Cushion Covers by The Label Life.
Rs. 792 on offer. Buy here!
12. And this cotton Knitted-panel Cushion Cover by Ode & Cleo, featuring a dori-fringed border.
Rs.1,650. Buy here!
13. Curl up with this Tufted Cotton Throw by Saral Home. Available in five colours.
Rs.1,237. Buy here!
14. Enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water with the Buddha Fountain by Warm Lifestyle.
Rs.2,404 on offer. Buy here!
15. And finally, every zen den needs its share of plants. Try groupings of this iron and glass Terrarium-holder by GIG Handicrafts for a space smart and cute green corner.
Rs.899 on offer. Buy here!
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