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“Wabi-sabi” is a Japanese term that essentially means finding beauty in imperfection. Wabi refers to living with humility and simplicity while being at one with nature while sabi is defined as the ability to accept the lifecycle of anything as it is—flaws and all.
In the context of interior design and decor, a wabi-sabi home is one that embraces authenticity, finds value in the lovingly weathered and lived-in, and promotes an overall sense of peace and tranquility using simplicity. Rather than always add the latest shiny new thing or obsess over making every detail perfect, adopters of wabi-sabi interiors find harmony in authenticity and imperfection. In other words, it might be the antidote you’ve been looking for to the chaotic, perfection-obsessed world we live in.
Of course, abstract ideas like wabi-sabi aren’t always the easiest to apply, so we put together a few basic tips and tricks you can take advantage of that’ll give your home the cozy, feel-good vibes we all crave.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Incorporate the Artisanal and Homemade
Wabi-sabi is all about embracing and celebrating authenticity wherever it can be found, and there’s nothing more authentic than homemade decor and artisanal accents. A vase you found on a cherished vacation, fabric art you made yourself, or ceramics from a local market are all homespun elements that’ll enhance the warm, authentic feeling of your space—one of wabi-sabi’s most important characteristics. So, why not elevate your home’s feel by taking on a new DIY project this weekend?Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Clear Your Clutter
Just because a wabi-sabi approach is one that values imperfection doesn’t mean it tolerates clutter-filled chaos. A wabi-sabi home should be clutter-free and highly organized in order to inspire feelings of peace and tranquility, but not obsessively so. If you subscribe to a minimal aesthetic, you’re already halfway there—but only halfway. Remember, it’s not about simplicity for simplicity’s sake; it’s more about having a sense of order to invite a sense of calm into your home.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Bring the Outdoors Inside
Organic materials and elements from nature are major components of a wabi-sabi home for the universally good vibes they bring. Additionally, the natural impurities found in plants, wood, and stone are great daily reminders of the beauty that can be found in imperfection. To maximize these good vibes, integrate wooden furniture, fresh flowers, and as many plants as your heart desires. And if your thumb is less than green, then incorporate a few succulents that’ll bring you all of the benefits without the maintenance.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Celebrate Mismatched Decor
Not everything needs to be matchy-matchy and ultra-cohesive all the time. In fact, too much matching can seriously diminish the character and welcoming atmosphere of a home, not to mention its heart. Now, we’re not telling you to purposely pair unlike things together, but rather to be okay with adding something you love to your home that might not be a perfect fit aesthetically. When it comes to wabi-sabi, that imperfection is, well, perfect.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Get Back to the Basics
A wabi-sabi sensibility is one that keeps possessions to a minimum by inviting only those things that bring nostalgia, beauty, utility, or a combination of all there into the home. Again, this trend doesn't use minimalism for minimalism’s sake, but instead aims only to keep things that are essential to a calm and happy spirit in order to maximize the joy of everyday living. Unlike a zealous minimalist who might get rid of a vase they like but doesn’t fit their aesthetic, a wabi-sabi subscriber will keep that vase just because it makes ‘em happy.