What is Wabi-Sabi and how to use it to improve your interior

As ardent admirers of the aesthetics, we cannot help but, dedicate this one article to the widely popular, Japanese-inspired style known as wabi-sabi. Before we move on to anything else, we will attempt to break down this style for you so that you know what the trend is exactly about and why did it rise to such heights of significance. 

What is wabi-sabi? 

More than anything else, wabi-sabi is essentially a Japanese philosophy that was incepted in the 15th century, to be precise. Wabi-sabi was then a kind of movement which was designed as a retaliation against the prevailing elaborate and extravagant designs of the era. The dominant trends of the time included extreme lavishness, over-ornamentation and use of rare materials which was then, treated as a foil by wabi-sabi to build its designs on. 

The chief objective of wabi-sabi was, therefore, to bring out the innate beauty from the most insignificant things and echo that true exquisiteness doesn’t have to necessarily be perfect. Furthermore, wabi-sabi vouches the deep connection that one is capable of forming with the earth and resultantly, indulging and making the most out of the simple pleasures that life has to offer. The pivotal point of the concept is concerned with highlighting authenticity and influencing people to be genuine in every facet of their journeys. 

Owing to its valuable principles, it wouldn’t be very difficult to assume that for some people, wabi-sabi is more than just a designing trend. It is about giving up on the caricatures and accepting things just the way they are, instead of wishing upon unattainable components. If you look at all the defining characteristics carefully, you will notice that the concept was way ahead of its time; meaning, wabi-sabi has been fabricated around norms and attitudes that bear a close resemblance to the modern and post-modern society. It is fundamentally the 20th and 21st century that inspired man to pull down his masks and present himself to the world without any hint of overindulgence whatsoever. 

How to make your interior of your home reflect the philosophy of wabi-sabi? 

Now that you have gained enough clarity about wabi-sabi and are clearly enthralled with every bit of, here are a few ideas that will help you fashion the interior of your home in such a way that each of its corners will reflect the viewpoint of this Japanese way of life. 

  • Use natural materials 

Remember how we told you in the preceding segment that wabi-sabi is all for the things that are closest to the earth? Well, this idea of using natural materials to decorate your house has been derived from the same source. For instance, if you are looking forward to transforming the look of your apartment into a Mediterranean one, you can resort to lots and lots of terracotta; while if your heart is inclined towards the Nordic design, capitalizing on light woods would be the more favorable choice. 

Regardless of the material you use, one thing that should keep knocking at the back of your mind is the verity that all of it must, in some way or the other, bring the unblemished freshness and bona fide purity of nature to your vicinity. This is fairly the reason why you should ditch the commercial and mass-produced accessories and look for your desired rudiments in flea markets, craft shows, and independently owned shops.

  • Look past the imperfections 

The values of wabi-sabi have much to do with the art of kintsugi. In kintsugi, broken things such as pots and vessels are amended with gold and silver resin to cover their areas of damage and resultantly beautify them. Kintsugi preaches that cracks must exist for light to make their way through the darkness and therefore, as an alternative of trying to camouflage or replace the flaws, they are accentuated and celebrated for their vulnerability and genuine nature. 

When you intend to translate these beliefs into the design, you will have to look past the imperfections of things and utilize them in a way that will even enhance the appearance of the surroundings they are placed in. You can search for artisanal accessories and furnishings that have been created by man himself without any technological intervention striving to make them perfect. The flaws and blemishes that distinguish handmade pieces from the rest should be highly prioritized. 

  • Mix and match 

Like we have said, not everything has to be in order; sometimes you can pull your belongings out of the regular setting and situate them in places you love. You are not constrained to comply with the conventional guidelines of home décor; your choices should stem right from your heart and fill your soul with joy every time you look at them. This infers freedom of design; you are welcome to style your home in ways that will resonate with your personality on some level and inject a sense of mystery even in the dullest corners of the rooms. Moreover, wabi-sabi doesn’t promote cluttering your house with things that you wouldn’t need or cannot relate to hence, conforming to the ideas of simplicity and eliminating the extras. 

  • Reuse 

Considering the present raging repercussions of global warming and climate change that our planet is subjected to in the present, falling back on wabi-sabi to beautify your home can be qualified as your contribution to curbing the impending dangers. Wabi-sabi moralizes sustainable and eco-friendly approach to home décor. As a substitute for procuring things that you know will not last long just for the sake of it, invest in entities that are tagged with decent longevity and will not call for a replacement anytime soon. If you at all have old items to spare, make the most out of your creativity and preferences to turn them into things that can be benefitted from in the coming days. A broken cup, for example, can be joined haphazardly with clay to be renovated into an artistic vase that is capable of growing small plants or succulent. 


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