Wabi-sabi design: discover the Japanese home trend

 You’ve probably heard of the Danish term ‘hygge’, but if you haven’t – it’s all about reading a good book by the warm glow of a candle in your living room. This year you’ve probably already tried to make your own home cosier, a little more heart-warming, and overall more natural. But what comes after hygge? There’s a new Japanese term that’s receiving some serious attention – wabi-sabi design.

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The wabi-sabi philosophy is about embracing the imperfect and celebrating the worn, accepting the toll that life takes on us all. Rooted in Zen Buddhism and Japanese tea ceremony traditions, the phrase loosely translates into “simplicity, whether elegant or rustic” (wabi) and “the beauty of age and wear” (sabi). Wabi-sabi design is based on the sense of appreciating simple, imperfect beauty, which is a timeless concept in itself. Japanese wabi-sabi culture, although very different from Danish culture, links to the idea of creating tech-free contemplative environments that promote feelings of contentment and relaxation.

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But what does that mean for your interior design? There are some simple elements that will fulfil your modern interiors with zen clarity and wabi-sabi design philosophy. For a touch of wabi-sabi design at home, seek out items with colour palettes that mimic those found in nature, like greens, greys, earth tones, and rusty reds and oranges. Your kitchen will be an ideal place for wabi-sabi philosophy – full of woodwork and handmade pottery.

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You can also just simply follow a few rules – while choosing accessories go for:

If you’re looking for other home decor ideas, see here.

The following post borrows from articles originally by A Beginner’s Guide To Wabi-Sabi and Trend Bible

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