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By Elke Leemans

Interior trend: wabi-sabi

On 28, Oct 2020 | No Comments | In Interior inspiration | By Elke Leemans

Have you heard of wabi-sabi? This centuries-old Japanese way of life has emerged as a popular interior design trend. A wabi-sabi interior is all about authenticity, imperfection and transience. In this article, we tell you more about how you can apply this trend in your own interior.

Good news for those who have had enough of all those picture-perfect interiors on Instagram and Pinterest. The wabi-sabi mindset can best be described as one that embraces the beauty of imperfection. The concept originated in Japan and its meaning has evolved over time. In the context of interior design, it means that an object or a space is never 100% perfect and that its beauty lies in its imperfection. Simplicity, authenticity and nature are key elements.

Marset Ginger

A wabi-sabi interior creates peace in your home and within your mind because you accept the imperfections. This means that you no longer have to worry about a scratch on the wall or a cracked vase because these small flaws actually create a unique statement within your home. Allow yourself to be inspired by this intriguing philosophy and transform your interior into a relaxing home in no time.

Raw materials and organic shapes

Nature and its related processes are the main source of inspiration for a wabi-sabi interior. Raw materials such as wood, concrete or stone, preferably in their natural state, are in their element here. Textured linen fabrics and used pottery also work well in this style of interior. Avoid perfectly rounded or symmetrical furniture and opt instead for unique, organic shapes that radiate a sense of individuality.

Foscarini Aplomb

Warm earth tones

Bright colours or busy patterns are best avoided in a wabi-sabi interior. Instead of this, create a relaxed atmosphere using dark earth tones and gentle cream colours. Warm beige, off-white and cooler shades of grey also fit in perfectly in such interiors. If you would like to add some contrast, use an ochre-yellow accent or place some soft pastel-tinted accessories in the room.

Muuto Tip

Back to basics

An important principle of a wabi-sabi lifestyle is minimalism. This interior trend turns its back on consumer society and prefers sparsely furnished spaces. So get rid of all the clutter in the house and stop buying things aimlessly. Choose high-quality, durable furniture with a simple design and devote conscious thought to what you place within your interior. Objects with soul such as local flea market finds or heirlooms from your grandparents add an authentic lived-in appeal to your home.


Dimmable mood lighting

Dimmable lighting with a warm-white light colour creates a warm, snug atmosphere. As with the rest of your interior, you can choose lamps made of natural materials such as concrete, wood or cardboard. Copper-coloured lamps are also a good option because they fit in perfectly with the warm earth tones that are so characteristic of a wabi-sabi interior. Table lamps and candlelight prevent the living space from being lit up too brightly and attractively complement the diffuse lighting in the room.

Muuto Leaf

Change your way of thought

When done properly, a wabi-sabi interior creates a feeling of peace and harmony. It gives you a sense of gratitude for the things you have, instead of making you focus on the things that are not there. This shift in your thinking makes you feel happier in the here-and-now. All the more reason to be inspired by this new world-view and to start creating a restful home.

Frama Cone Lights

Do you recognise elements of the wabi-sabi trend in your interior? Let us know in the comments below and tell us about the elements you have combined to create this hip and trendy style.

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