There’s something very inviting about wabi-sabi. It allows you to slow your pace, take a breather, relax a little. While there’s no direct translation of the term, and there really aren’t any concrete rules defining it, the concept (founded in Zen Buddhism) is all about noticing and accepting the beauty of flaws.
So now you see the obvious appeal. It’s comforting to believe that your home, your life, YOU – don’t have to be perfect. So how can you incorporate this popular 2018 design trend into your life? Here are a few means of adopting the philosophy in your décor in very simple ways.
Handmade pottery, textiles and other art of this kind fit beautifully into this way of thinking. Not only through the fact that each piece will likely be one-of-a-kind, with no true twin, but also because human influence rather than machine-generated, mass production will have shaped it and given it its own unique personality.
Colors that are inherently natural or earthy target the art of simplicity. A palette in this family, whether in paint choices or accessories throughout the home, is toned down and inherently calming.
A rug of woven jute or wool will typically have frayed ends or some inconsistencies to its design. The appearance of these textural “defects” suits wabi-sabi perfectly, since the pattern or colors become the real stars of the show.
A worn surface, peeling paint or fractures in the structure itself – whether on a hand-me-down bookcase, the wooden picture frame of a painting that’s been in the family for generations, or the rocking chair scored at a random yard sale – are all hallmarks of the Japanese notion. They represent the upside of age, experience and maturity.
When planning a gallery of artwork or photos to adorn a wall, don’t fret over adhering to a strict grid or following a precise layout. Go with your gut to determine placement rather than being overly concerned with symmetry or alignment. The pieces will speak for themselves, with or without an overall “strategy.”
Aromatic herbs, vibrant shrubbery and wildflowers growing in the yard or along the path of your daily afternoon walk can serve as the ideal components of a decorative bouquet. The key is to find something hardy that will last a little while so you can enjoy the display for as long as possible without having to fuss with it too much.
Welcoming wabi-sabi into your home is like introducing a breath of fresh air. Keeping in mind the principles noted here, eventually your focus will shift from an obsession over perfecting to a passion for appreciating.