The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi is based on the idea of the beauty of imperfection. This ancient, complicated concept originated in Zen Buddhism and shares its properties such as austerity and communication with nature. Wabi-sabi is all about asymmetry, modesty and simplicity – nothing polished, nothing glittery, just enjoy the real textures and looks. Wabi-sabi styles pair well with minimalist, modern, industrial and even shabby chic and farmhouse styles – choose what you prefer for a very clean and natural or a cozy and rough look.
Once you have decided on this style, earthy tones like brown, beige, taupe, creamy white, green and all kinds of gray tones are the best way to go. Atmospheric spaces that are so popular today can easily be styled in wabi-sabi style and look very natural. For furniture, choose unfinished, rough edges and incomplete shapes. Worn parts also fit perfectly with the wabi-sabi concept. Natural and coarse fabrics would look organic in such an interior, like handmade accessories made of natural stone or wood. You can also bring some natural touches like sticks, twigs, pebbles, stones and rocks and even freshen up the spaces with some greenery in pots or vases. Just don’t go too lush or use flowers – they don’t belong in this style. Check out the ideas below and get inspired!