The decade of the 90s was a time when the world of design and decoration moved away from the color of the 80s and adopted a more refined approach to interior design.
The flowery motifs were replaced by the stoic presence of beige and gray, and each house looked more and more like the one next to it. There was no room for the finishes and surfaces that were unfinished, hardwearing or brought in a sense of textured contrast. But that has changed in recent years with the return of styles like shabby chic, industrial, rustic and, of course, the Wabi Sabi style.
Wabi Sabi in interior design
Wabi-Sabi is an ancient Japanese concept that celebrates the beauty of the natural imperfections that surround us. It can be in the form of concrete, wood or even other artificial surfaces that are involved in the design of the home. Instead of covering those imperfections with a layer of polished elegance, it is the celebration and acceptance of these little flaws that defines the Wabi-Sabi style. The concrete walls and the design inspired by Wabi-Sabi are current trends and here you can learn more about their characteristics:
Celebration of imperfections
It is easy to see why exposed and unfinished concrete walls are so popular in contemporary homes filled with artificial surfaces with bright finishes. Concrete in its most untamed form combines minimalism with an air of industrial charm and transcends styles. Some use it as an accent feature, while others go a step further and adopt it completely. This idea of celebrating imperfections works even better on restored and rejuvenated old structures converted into ingenious contemporary residences.
Access to a more textural beauty
The idea of Wabi Sabi does much more than delight in the uniqueness of imperfections; it actually brings textural contrast to modern and sophisticated homes. Even if you are not using concrete walls in the room, wooden furniture, wall additions and exposed brick walls can make a big difference in the seemingly monotonous contemporary space.
Stay away from the mundane
Getting away from the mundane here means much more than just adding a different texture feature. The decoration inspired by Wabi Sabi incorporates pieces of vintage decoration, old and worn in contemporary spaces. You can easily get away from mass-produced objects and if you enjoy a fun and eclectic decorating style and frequent visits to the local flea market, then you will probably love this approach.
Light and nature
Nature is an integral part of the Wabi-Sabi style and its inherent philosophy allows it to use different natural finishes without exaggeration. The pair use of natural materials with a green tint and a lot of ventilation and has an interior that is cheerful, refreshing and cozy. Each style blends well with this decorating approach and the change of trends and seasonal warm colors is also very easy.
Minimalism with personality
Concrete is as much associated with minimalism as it is with industrial strength, durability and a sense of innate ruggedness. The Wabi-Sabi inspired interiors combine this minimalist style of concrete with multiple layers of elegant textures and also give each room a distinctive personality. Simply scroll through the images below to discover this new decorating idea at its best.
The multiple layers of elegant textures and also give each room a distinctive personality
The wabi sabi style can be found in the extravagant details of antique crockery, handmade furniture that is unique to your home and natural materials such as wood and stone. With so much emphasis on updating our homes with new possessions, new trends and styles, we can often feel pressured to keep our homes in perfect condition.
By channeling wabi-sabi we can create harmonious and welcoming environments
However, by channeling wabi-sabi and embracing imperfection in all our interiors, we can create harmonious and vivid environments that are both welcoming and modern. We can not avoid the fact that from time to time we simply need to buy new things, however, if you buy these new items with wabi-sabi in mind, you will find yourself investing in sustainable materials and unique pieces that stand the test of time.
Too much perfection is boring
In short, too much perfection is boring. The symmetrical proportions are essential for balance, but if they apply to all the elements, the space will embody an artisan aesthetic that can attract the masses but lacks soul and character. Convincing interiors incorporate a combination of perfect and imperfect beauty. The imperfection can be generated by pouring the concrete floor with the expectation of eventual stains, using recovered woods, mirrors of unequal antiques, deteriorated leathers, rubbed metals with oil and polished marbles to remove the shine of 'Oo La La'. Ceramic handmade home accessories are really fashionable at the moment. People are moving away from factory-made pieces and they are made by hand.
The wabi-sabi embraces authenticity in its core and appreciates the integrity of natural objects and processes
We are somewhat attracted to the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, since it embraces authenticity at its core and appreciates the integrity of natural objects and processes. Use natural materials such as wood and stone where possible, which connect with the wabi-sabi appreciation of nature. Our personal favorite is to opt for handmade items since any irregularity adds individuality and elegance to the piece.
Opt for handmade items
Below you can find more examples of wabi sabi interiors in our image gallery, see you soon.
Examples of Wabi-sabi style interiors
Interior design by Jim Stephenson
Wabi-sabi style living room design
Wabi-sabi style dining room design
Wabi-sabi style living room design