Home Magazine

Wabi-Sabi: Perfectly Imperfect Design for Your Home

By Jakemontgomery @LTDOnlineStores

What’s Wabi-Sabi? The Popular Interior Design Trend of 2018

What is Wabi-Sabi? This is a question that many designers have been trying to figure out since it’s jump in popularity in early 2018. The short answer is this:

Wabi-Sabi is the philosophy of embracing imperfection in the natural world.

Now, this doesn’t mean that we should be praising and embracing belongings in our lives that are in disrepair or falling apart. Rather, acknowledging that possessions won’t stay brand new and perfect all the time.

old cast iron furnace and kettle brick wabi-sabi


Applying Wabi-Sabi philosophies to home design isn’t the easiest thing to wrap your brain around. We’re conditioned to seeing perfectly curated bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, etc. There’s not a single pillow or rug out of place in these carefully planned “after” photos. It’s easy to wonder how some people live in some of these potentially impractical spaces. With that in mind, you can turn to Wabi-Sabi ideals when wondering why your living room doesn’t look as amazing as the ones in design blogs. As we mentioned before, it’s all about embracing imperfection. A vase you’ve had for years might have a crack in it, that doesn’t mean it needs to go. Faded pillows from years of use, or a well worn wooden table, these are both pieces of furniture that tell stories with their imperfections. It’s important to embrace the effect that time has on your life.

basic decorations tree branch old wood wabi-sabi


Now that we’ve dipped our toes into the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, we’ll try to nail down some tangible characteristics that define this growing design trend.

Rough Hewn Edges and Finishes

This doesn’t simply mean unpolished surfaces or brand new furniture distressed to look “rustic”. As we’ve mentioned previously, it’s about finding the natural beauty in things. If you’re looking for a comparative style, a rustic farmhouse or rural design is what we’re getting at. Something like this reclaimed wood vanity

farmhouse reclaimed wood vanity wabi-sabi

Minimalism and Simplicity

Wabi-Sabi is rooted in the ideas of minimalism and simplicity. The best way to interpret this from a design standpoint is to collect and pieces of furniture and belongings that mean something to you and display them in your home. The catch is that you have to be selective of what you’re keeping and displaying. You’ll have to really consider what is important enough to take up your space. Wabi-Sabi is about embracing imperfection and nature to reduce stress in your life. It’s been proven that clutter only causes more stress, so choose wisely!

old wood bedframe wood nightstand wabi-sabi aesthetic


Neutral Colors and Earth Tones

A crucial aspect of using the Wabi-Sabi philosophy in design is straying away from bright, bold colors. Intense colors will completely detract from the clutter free tranquility of your space. Neutral colors and earth tones are your best friend when designing. We get it though, only neutral colors and earth tones does sound a little boring. The best way to spice this up is to utilize pieces with elements from nature. This includes interesting textures like stone, wood, clay, terra cotta, brick, etc. Another way to keep your space interesting is to incorporate as much natural light as possible. Spaces with big windows allow you to tie your indoor space into the outside world.

cracked shelf terra cotta pot window wabi-sabi design interior


Natural Influences

We’ve mentioned the importance of embracing nature as part of Wabi-Sabi already. However, it’s important to incorporate nature in a visually pleasing way. A simple way to do this is to use house plants to bring the outdoors in. Low profile and low maintenance options are best so you can spend less time worrying about watering and more time enjoying the atmosphere they create. Natural art is a great direction to go as well. Since we’re embracing the imperfection of the natural world, why not try something a little different. Driftwood art is perfect because it’s wood that has been weathered by the elements into something that is uniquely it’s own. I would imagine it’s tough to find two pieces of driftwood that are exactly alike.

driftwood art in hand wabi-sabi natural design


Lived In

As a final reminder, a space that looks lived in is good! You want friends, family, and guests to be in a space that has been used. The Wabi-Sabi design vibe is all about showing off your personality and how you use your space. Don’t fluff your pillows or re-fold the blanket a hundred times, let everyone experience your space naturally.

wooden bedframe flowers book nightstand wabi-sabi


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener