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Wabi sabi in the interior design – Live the imperfection

by Eva

Wabi sabi in the interior design – Live the imperfection

The Buddhist doctrine of wabi sabi philosophy is used in interior design in connection with old, worn-out, improved objects, as this ancient Japanese approach encourages us to find beauty in imperfection.
However, wabi sabi is more than an imperfect object, a complete philosophy that has penetrated my soul.“… Wabi sabi is truly the spirit of change; passing of time; acknowledgment, assessment and acceptance of transience and transience in the life cycle.

It imparts patience to us because, as he says, nothing will ever be perfect, and knowing it will make it easier to see the beauty in imperfection.

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What does this mean exactly for home decoration?
Since the essence of philosophy is to accept the passage of time, the cycle, it can easily see the beauty in the older objects, the value in the damaged pieces.
Like other styles, it does not follow specific shapes, specific colors, or pieces of furniture or objects that are typical of that style. The style follows the basic philosophy itself, using a simple, natural, used, costume and above all eye-catching imperfection in furnishing and decorating the home.


Defective, damaged, unfinished objects

Creating and maintaining a perfect home can be exhaustive and may be a bit boring. If we let go of perfection, and flawless, unfinished or damaged objects will appear, our apartment will be more lifelike, more exciting, more humane.

Scratched floors, furniture, faded textiles, or bounced paint tells about life and, as such, creates coziness.

Be amazed at everything that is not perfect and if you can fit harmoniously into your furniture, choose a decoration. Mostly these are not found on the shelves of the big department stores, in old attics, flea markets, auction sites.

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 Use of natural materials

Connecting to nature is close to the spirit of wabi sabi, raw and restrained materials are perfect with their own signs. The wood’s pits, the changing colors of the clay, the roughness of the skin or its smoothness, the diversity of the stone all reflect this spirit. These materials are “alive,” they are used over time, they are used, and their appearance is constantly changing (patina).

The change and variety of live and dried flowers, fruits, is a delightful symbol of wabi sabi.

Restrained, natural, faded colors

As wabi sabi prefers natural materials, it follows that colors are subdued, close to earth, and often faded by age. Different shades of brown, gray, mustard yellows, duller green colors, whites are the most typical, with deep blue, rich terracotta red.

Preference of handmade objects against mass production

There are no two completely identical craft products, and in part it gives their beauty. The uneven wood carving, the clay vase, the glaze, or even a lost brush stroke on the painting make the view unique. They give character and attraction to hand-made objects.

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