Rather than seeking design perfection or preservation of material things, wabi-sabi submits to the ephemerality of material items. All things gradually and naturally change over time — be it a chip in a ceramic bowl, a scrape across a leather sofa, or the fading colors in a woven fabric. In the philosophy of wabi-sabi, these imperfect items are actually seen as more valuable and interesting! If this style appeals to you, learn how you can easily decorate your house with wabi-sabi design.
Here are simple ways to integrate wabi-sabi design:
- Organic materials: Keep the space looking organic and natural with large windows, exposed wood cabinets, ceramic tile, and natural paint colors.
- Storage: Add built-in cabinets that store away electronics or other "stuff" from plain view so you are left with a clean, uncluttered space.
- Horizontal lines: Use simple, modern, unadorned furniture with horizontal lines to give the illusion of space and order.
- Ceramics: Adorn shelves and tables with antique ceramic bowls and vases.
- Weathered cloth and leather: Adorn the space with items that look better when beat up over time like antique kilim or woven pillows and weathered leather chairs.
- Organic life: Fresh flowers, potted plants, and bowls of fresh fruit add color and a burst of freshness to the room.