Decorating in Wabi-Sabi style: the perfect combination of natural materials, simplicity, and imperfection.
Are you looking for a way to make your home cozier? Wabi-Sabi decor is the perfect combination of natural materials, simplicity, and imperfection. It brings warmth and comfort while embracing the beauty of life’s cycles.
Living a life of balance and harmony? Embrace the beauty of Wabi-Sabi decor – simple objects that reflect the impermanence of life, creating an atmosphere of serenity in your home.
Wabi-Sabi origins and features
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy dating back to the 14th century, based on the concept of transience and simplicity. Wabi thus means the simplicity of life in nature, silence, elegance, while Sabi defines the beauty that accompanies advancing age.
A broken or chipped object should therefore not be considered to be thrown away but can, on the contrary, be enhanced, precisely because it symbolises Wabi Sabi: imperfect and incomplete beauty. Hence the deep connection with the earth and the pleasure of simple and authentic things, without necessarily having to desire anything else to be happy.
A basic concept that is perfectly reflected in the choice of Wabi Sabi design elements, from materials to colours. The simplicity and asymmetry of ceramic work are just some of the many Wabi-Sabi furniture ideas.
Wabi-Sabi applied to interior design
Like the Japandi style, the Wabi Sabi interior style is also based on simplicity. Once the essentials have been placed in the house, from the bed to the sofa to the table, one proceeds to furnish it in the Wabi Sabi style.
Handcrafted objects, antique and even better chipped plates to hang on the wall, work tools, pottery with irregular edges, blown glass vases, asymmetrical, irregular shapes, rough and rustic elements.
All elements easily found in flea markets, antique or handicraft workshops. And as the beauty of imperfection takes shape, attention to the uniformity of the elements with the neutral surroundings becomes increasingly important precisely to prevent chaos and disorder from taking over. The complements to be added can be many but the Wabi Sabi philosophy dictates not to exaggerate.
Perfect or imperfect? This might seem to be the dilemma in defining Wabi Sabi furniture. In reality, the answer is more elementary than you might think: both. At first sight far from the Japanese canons that demand discipline, rigour and rules, the Wabi Sabi style positions itself in furniture by substituting rules with personal originality.
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