For years Minimalism and Scandinavian styles went together hand in hand. With the rise of greater access to affordable Nordic styled furniture, there was no pairing of interior design styles more popular in the last two decades. But as the years went by, Japanese styled minimalism has started an uptrend, not just within Asia, but has far reached to the West as well.
With a focus on simplicity, imperfection and the integration of the natural world, it’s clear why Wabi-Sabi has become increasingly popular. Wabi-Sabi not only looks at the exterior design of the home, but the decorating style also includes aspects of mental and spiritual well-being. The zen-like peace that comes with Wabi-Sabi style homes is a must-have for fast-paced households. Giving you the perfect environment to return to at the end of a hectic day, it creates a haven where you can feel safe and secure to rest and refresh each and every time. If you’re intrigued, then get ready for a whole new version of Far East Minimalism.
So how do we begin with Wabi-Sabi, well like the typical Scandinavian minimalism, we start with a base wood grain. Keeping lots of natural elements in your home is all part and parcel of the Wabi-Sabi philosophy, the more natural-looking your home is, the easier it is to create a relaxed vibe.
The wood grain forms the base building back from which the rest of your home will sprout from. Decide what kind of aesthetic you want the rest of your home to follow, whether it’s going to be a darker tone with mahogany, or a lighter birch, or just something in-between like oak. How you lay this foundation will seal the deal for the rest of your home. It’s best to use a similar tone throughout, from the floorboards to furniture legs and even wooden kitchen utensils. The harmony in such a congruent design rounds out the whole experience.
Those of you used to Scandinavian minimalism would be familiar with the emphasis on cool and light colours. From neutral greys to cool whites, the design was meant to fit into any of the 4 seasons experience in the far North. But a little closer to home, Wabi-Sabi designs don’t need to suit the white Christmas’ we don’t get. So, embrace warmer hues like flame, kale, primrose, let your imagination take flight with colours more suited to the tropical climate.
The Wabi-Sabi philosophy suggests that you accept imperfections, to the point you’re willing to showcase them even. Without such a focus on sleek, perfect finishes, Wabi-Sabi creates a very relaxed mentality in your home (something unlike the powder-coat or perfectly glossy finishes in Scandinavian minimalism).
The idea is to give your home its own character and personality, this can come with including all types of textures and finishes. Whether it’s a paper mache lampshade, hand-knitted throws or whatever you feel like plastering your wall with, go for it! Wabi-Sabi doesn’t have hard and fast rules about how everything must be, giving the design a much less clinical look to it.
Grow Old With Me
The beautiful thing about Wabi-Sabi is that it means for your home to grow with you, this means the light stains, the signs of wear and tear, the changing of colours, these are all pieces to the puzzle of Wabi-Sabi. With its focus on natural elements, it’s no surprise that over time your copper accents will start to dull and change shade, or your wood darkens unevenly over time. Embrace these changes and allow your home to age gracefully. The subtle differences made overtime is part and parcel of accepting the transience and imperfections in beauty and life itself. With such a mindset, it’s now wonder that adopters of Wabi-Sabi often feel more relaxed and carefree.