How To Create A Wabi Sabi Home

Wabi Sabi: The Art of Imperfection and The Acceptance of Transience. Let’s see how you can incorporate this in your living space in “How To Create A Wabi Sabi Home”.

Today’s culture is built of convenience and perfection. For instance, fast fashion, goods delivering at the speed of light and access to pretty much everything in the blink of an eye. As a result, its easier than ever to fall prey to capitalism and consumerism.

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It has become increasingly convenient for us to replace anything. Be it a broken piece of furniture or a slightly chipped wall paint.

The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi endorses exactly the opposite of what the capitalists do. Wabi-Sabi is a way of life that revolves around the acceptance of transience and embracing imperfection.

If you find this concept intriguing then you’ll love “Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life” A Book by Beth Kempton.

So, in interior design, Wabi-Sabi essentially means embracing the imperfections in a home and finding beauty in it. It also means incorporating simplicity into your living spaces.

It’s not just another interior decor trend, but rather a way to live a much happier life. This is why this post will go into the details of how exactly and easily you can create a Wabi-Sabi home for yourself. So let’s get right into it.

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1. Embrace The Imperfections Of Your Space

As I mentioned earlier, the worldview of Wabi Sabi embraces all kinds of imperfections. So think again  before you get ready to paint those chipped walls, or replace that old wooden flooring. It might look beautiful just the way it is.

When you learn to love your surroundings just the way they are, they look beautiful to others too. The perspective of other people about you and your things, is highly based of your own perspective on them.

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2. Minimalism And Simplicity Is The Key Essence To A Wabi Sabi Home

Keeping things simple and not hoarding unnecessary items is the basic component of the concept. As they say, less is more. When you only have what is necessary, you appreciate your belongings even more.

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In the sense of design, simplicity brings out the details even more compared to a cluttered environment. Your guests are more likely to notice the pieces that you are actually invested into when there is less of other unimportant stuff in the way.

Also, when you unclutter your space, you unclutter your mind. This leaves more space for new ideas and stimulates creativity.

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3. Repair, Replenish and Reuse

Wabi-Sabi endorses exactly the opposite of consumerism and capitalism. It teaches the acceptance of impermanence and how to still find beauty in what is left of it.

Before you throw away that old study desk or that wooden chair that chipped off, try to find a sense of beauty in it. Instead of buying new things and replacing older ones, consider repairing and reusing them.

You’d be surprised with how some things can look even prettier once they have aged.

Wabi-Sabi celebrates art and the beauty in hand-crafted things. So it is a great idea to add some handmade tablecloths, DIY furniture, handmade pottery, and other crafts.

4. Bring In The Nature

Another key to a wabi-sabi home is to incorporate the serenity of nature and bring in the outdoors. Having plants around the house is a great way to boost positivity and add life to your interiors.

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Scandinavian living is similar to wabi-sabi living in terms of minimalism and simplicity. If you like this post, check out: How To Create A Scandinavian + Bohemian Living Room

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