If you have an interest in interiors, you've probably read that wabi sabi is an emerging home trend, but if you're still not sure what it actually is, or what it looks like, you're about to find out.
Firstly, wabi sabi is nothing new. It comes by way of ancient Japan, and is both a philosophy of living, and a specific design style that celebrates imperfections, raw textures, simplicity and an eclectic mix of items (i.e. nothing matching). It's a style about balance that accepts good weather and change with use, and embraces it. Ceramics chip, leather gets scratched and colours fade, but in wabi sabi, these things make the item more valuable because they are gaining character and become more interesting.
Translating this into tangible decor advice:
Not everything has to be brand new. A lamp from your Grandma's house is more valuable and desired than a new design because it is different, unique and has a story.
Look for natural textures. Wabi sabi is not about sleek, modern materials. It's about natural textures in as original state as possible. Textured walls are also big.
Decorate with unique and imperfect pieces. Handmade vases and objets fill every nook and cranny in wabi sabi. If you were thinking of starting pottery class, now is a good time.
Don't buy the set. Mismatched dining chairs, crockery and glassware are all key areas to embrace the trend.
Hide the tech. If you're looking to embrace the trend, you'll want media units that hide your TVs and clever ways to put cords out of sight.
Want to see it in action? Read on for interiors that encompass adhere to wabi sabi style.