Here at Hayneedle, we’re no stranger to modern philosophies of living. We’ve read Mari Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, and we’ve wrapped ourselves in the warmth of hygge (is it spring yet?). So when the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi came to our attention, we couldn’t help but dive in.
Like hygge, there isn’t a direct English translation for wabi-sabi, but to summarize: Wabi-sabi means living simply and embracing the imperfections of your surroundings. Think a chipped dinner plate, worn-down area rug, or wrinkled bed linen. These things aren’t perfect, but they give one’s home a sense of character and being loved.
Look for the following design elements to instill a sense of wabi-sabi in your home:
Natural materials, such as wood, stone, and metal, are minimally processed and weather well. Simply stated, they get better with age. Even though these items may be a bigger investment up front, they last for generations.
Choose muted colors that also exist in nature, such as olive green, gray, bone, and even rust. These colors create a sense of harmony in your home.
Nature is full of asymmetry, but retains an unparalleled beauty. This same sense of authenticity can be brought into the home with items such as thrown ceramics, wildflowers, and hardwood furniture.
Our final words of wabi-sabi wisdom? Live with and appreciate the things you use and love. They’ll only get better with time.