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The interior philosophy that will change your life: 5 simple ways to embrace wabi-sabi

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The interior philosophy that will change your life: 5 simple ways to embrace wabi-sabi

For the longest time, high-end interiors meant smooth finishings, expensive luxe materials, and magazine-worthy perfection. However, a new reactionary trend is steadily rising in the interior design world — one that rejects this perfection and embraces the rough, raw and real. 

While I could clumsily try and explain the Wabi-Sabi philosophy, here is a Wikipedia extract: 

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi () is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.[2] The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".[3] It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常mujō), suffering (ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature ().
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.


 There's something about wabi-sabi's embrace of authenticity and honoring of materials that's mesmerizing. In addition, the rich textures of the aesthetic often photograph beautifully. 

Here are 5 simple ways to embrace Wabi-Sabi in your own home so you can spend less time worrying about chips and scratches and more time appreciating the beauty of the objects around you.


1. Imperfect kitchenware

I think it's about time we accept that kitchens aren't meant to be perfect — perfect kitchens are weird, and a little creepy. 

Aside from being where we make food, kitchens can also be important gathering spaces where we spend time with the people we love and whose company we enjoy. It's only natural that messes are made in the process, but that's what gives each kitchen its unique character and history. 




2. Natural fibers

Think Rattan, Jute, Wool, Linen and silk.

Natural fibers are a great way to make a home feel like...well a home. Humans are sensory creatures and feeling rich raw textures on our skin soothes us both mentally and emotionally. They also happen to be fascinating to look at. 



3. Patinated surfaces

A patinated surface gives an object character and history. It ensures that the piece you have is literally the only one like it. The best part? Almost any natural surface will develop a patina over time, making it more beautiful and unique with each day/month/year that passes. 


4. Broken is more beautiful

You might have heard of Kintsugi. The Japanese believe that when something is broken, it becomes more beautiful and becomes stronger where it was broken. Not only is this a beautiful lesson in acceptance and growth, but it also advocates for sustainability. Something to think about before throwing out that chipped coffee mug. 


5. Textural art in warm neutral tones

Instead of your conventional pretty picture, opt for highly textural abstract compositions with bold brushstrokes — ideally pieces that make you feel something. The key here is to strike a balance between warm, neutral tones and an interesting composition. 





Whether you decide to go full Wabi-Sabi tomorrow or phase it into your space over time, be assured that this trend isn't going away anytime soon. With technology taking over our lives, many of us crave things that are natural, physical and authentic. Wabi-Sabi meets this need, which makes it much more than just a passing fad.