Much has been said about Japanese aesthetics when it comes to interiors. It is uncluttered, minimalist, and ethereal—all at the same time. But there’s more to Japanese aesthetics than this. Meet the design principle that is bound to dominate 2018: wabi-sabi.
Simply put, wabi-sabi is a principle of finding beauty in the ordinary and imperfect. If you finish this article, you may have this impression that it is the East’s take on shabby chic. Nevertheless, it maintains that humility and being grounded are beautiful. Here are some pointers for you if you want to execute this at your home.
Use a lot of wood
One defining characteristic of wabi-sabi design is the fact that it is grounded and earth-based. This means that you can use a lot of wooden elements. You can have a wooden wall finish, a well-polished wooden floor, or internal wooden doors. But you can still instil some eclecticism by incorporating fixtures with metal or plastic finishes.
Don’t try to be perfect
Design teaches us that there is always beauty in symmetry. But asymmetry also has its charm. That said, do not try to make things aligned and even. You can use different chairs for your dining table, for instance. You can use chipped wood as your floating shelves. And for your accessories and displays, you may want to use broken pots or those that are made through kintsugi.
Keep it clean
Just because you are being encouraged to embrace your imperfections means you will love the dirt. Minimalism is still part of the lifestyle so you may want to keep everything you own plain, clean, and meaningful.
While you are doing your renovation using this theme, you will realise that this principle is not just all about design. Wabi-sabi is a wise way of living inspired by the belief that life is supposed to be lived simply.