New interior design trends keep coming. Wabi-sabi is the new Hygge!
Up until recently, and to match the societal shift toward minimalism, hygge design was all the rage, calling for calmness and coziness. Now, a new trend is settling in. Moving away from Denmark and into Japan, wabi-sabi is a new philosophy that is paving its way into interior design. Take a look at what it has to offer!
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What exactly is wabi-sabi?
Life is unpredictable and yet we keep searching for perfection in every aspect of our lives. This relentless pursuit often leads to stress and anxiety. But life is imperfect and that’s okay. The philosophy of wabi-sabi invites for a pause to reflect on the imperfections of life and accept that it is not a perfect path and accept it that way. It calls for the appreciation of little blessings and celebration of how things are rather than how we think they should be.
In essence, wabi-sabi is about accepting complexity and celebrating simplicity for that very reason. A great example of the application of this mindset is the Japanese art of kintsugi, where cracked pottery is filled with gold dusted lacquer as a way to showcase the beauty of its age and damage rather than hiding it. Our experiences are what make us and wabi-sabi tells us to accept our own imperfections, as they are part of what we are.
How can you apply wabi-sabi to interior design?
That this is a philosophy that embraces imperfection should come as good news for those who are taking on interior design ventures. Wabi-sabi will get you rid of the need to try to make everything perfect, making the task of decorating a lot less stressful and demanding. Effortless decorating is the best decorating and it will show in your final bar decor.
Because it makes use of imperfections, you can sometimes associate wabi-sabi to more rustic settings where the worn out can play a key role. You won’t find the though-out minimalism of hygge. Instead, you will find a different kind of it: worn furniture, wrinkled linens, handmade pieces, you name it. You can think of it as vintage, in a way.
Furthermore, one of the characteristics of this philosophy in interior design is the usage of natural materials. It’s possible to incorporate them into your aesthetic preference. For example, if you prefer a Mediterranean-like ambience, you can opt for terra cotta. Whichever preferences you have, remember that authenticity is key.
This doesn’t mean your home will be a degraded mess, but sometimes decorating can make you feel like Atlas and not having to worry about whether your decor is instagram-perfect or not will take away a load of pressure from your shoulders. Plus, we all love a nice rustic places. Those always feel more homely.
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