We live in a time when it is very easy to fall into the trap of the constant pursuit of perfection. The world of media is dominated by the image of young and beautiful individuals, who quickly achieve success, and are happy and satisfied in all areas of their life.
It is an illusion that leads to a decrease in self-esteem in individuals and to the gain of mental complexes. In addition, individuals are encouraged to buy things they can't afford and they don't need, which is not good for either the planet or the wallet. In opposition to this, the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi arose.
What is Wabi-Sabi philosophy?
Wabi-Sabi is a life philosophy which is becoming more and more popular and entering all areas of life. The concept of Wabi-Sabi consists of two parts, the first years ago, was synonymous with abandoning the comforts of life in favour of becoming a hermit. However, over the years, this has progressed to a second level. In Japanese, Wabi is used to describe inner beauty. Sabi is the acceptance of human imperfection. The combination of both words, creates a concept that is supposed to indicate the abandonment of perfectionism and consumerism in favour of an appreciation of nature and inevitable changes.
Currently, the world of social media creates an unattainable personal image that cannot be met. The philosophy of Wabi-Sabi emphasizes the acceptance of one's imperfections. It is supposed to be an extremely liberating feeling, the consequence of which is self-acceptance. Another important principle is to abandon mindless consumerism. Minimalism is definitely more valued than excessive accumulation of products. In Wabi-Sabi, nature plays an extremely important role. It is in nature that individuals find true peace and solace. An important element of Japanese philosophy is also the acceptance that nothing lasts forever and that transience is a natural process. When a person understands this, it is easier for them to appreciate the uniqueness of everyday life.
How to decorate the interior in the style of Wabi-Sabi
The defining characteristics of Wabi-Sabi interior design
Wabi sabi can look very different depending on who is adopting it. Since it is based on a value of imperfection and authenticity, it will reflect the people living in that space.
However, there are definitely some key aspects that you will likely find across all wabi sabi interior design.
- Natural materials instead of imitation/synthetic materials
- Lots of negative space in the layout – fewer, longer lasting items
- Functional accessories rather than decoration for decoration’s sake – i.e. decorative bowls also serve as a place to put keys, wallet, etc.
- Imperfections – cracks, scratches, rough edges or weathering, organic shapes, asymmetry
- Simple, low profile furniture
- Neutral and understated color palette
- Wabi sabi homes may also include a “Zen space” for meditation and relaxation