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  • Amanda Arcone

Embracing wabi-sabi when designing your spaces

Have you heard of the Japanese term Wabi-Sabi? It essentially means finding beauty in the natural, simplistic, and imperfection of things.

Wabi-Sabi in interior design is such a beautiful and profound philosophy that can transform how people perceive their living spaces. This term truly reflects why I love old houses, all their imperfections, such as worn floors and uneven walls, and all the other "imperfections" we find in all those old homes, I might add, usually a key element missing in newer homes. Embracing Wabi-Sabi in interior design is about finding beauty in imperfection and appreciating the natural cycle of growth and decay. It's like capturing the essence of time and nature within the walls of your home. If you have a new home or recently renovated, it's even more important to consider how to add Wabi-Sabi to your spaces.

What makes these imperfect while looking a bit imperfect? Plants, natural wood, woven baskets, and old furniture. Embrace the scuffs, people!

Incorporating Wabi-Sabi into interior design means embracing authenticity and the art of appreciating the beauty in the understated. How do you achieve this? Read on for my thoughts on accomplishing this in your spaces.

If I were planning a way to add the element of Wabi-Sabi to my home, I first would think about how I can use raw and natural materials like reclaimed wood, stone, and handmade ceramics in my interiors. These materials often bear the marks of their creation, adding a touch of imperfection that makes them uniquely beautiful.

An essential part of this concept is integrating elements that showcase the passage of time, like weathered wooden furniture, vintage textiles, or distressed finishes. These items tell a story and bring a sense of history and depth to your interiors. I'll say it, and it might be unpopular, but you cannot create spaces with all new "things." The attempt at perfection shown to us by mainstream retailers that present glossy magazine images with entire rooms styled with only their designs does nothing to create harmonious, never mind uninteresting, spaces.

Don't shy away from showcasing handmade and artisanal pieces in your designs. Handcrafted items have a soul and character that mass-produced items lack. They bring a sense of warmth and individuality to a space, creating a unique atmosphere that resonates with the Wabi-Sabi philosophy.

Often forgotten in the finishing touches of our spaces is adding potted plants, a bowl of fresh fruits, or a vase of wildflowers; nature has this incredible way of infusing spaces with tranquility and harmony.

Wabi-Sabi is not a design trend; it's a way of life. By embracing imperfections and finding beauty in the simple and unpretentious, we create homes that are not only visually appealing but also deeply meaningful and thoughtful.

Looking to add a little Wabi-Sabi to your home? Book some time with me.

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