Jun 6, 2013

Wabi-sabi style

Happy almost weekend!! A few days till we get there, but a girl can dream, right?!
When I started this blog I did it mainly because I wanted to keep a record of the decisions and dreams for the new house and because I wanted to share my ideas and aesthetic with others. I was such a beginner back then and I still am!! I am always learning about so much and I am not regretting starting the blog!!! Along with you I am learning about trends, faux-pas, interior design ideas and today I share with you something I found and liked a lot. The wabi-sabi trend!

"The wabi-sabi philosophy, which has its roots in Japan, finds beauty in imperfection and impermanence. The flowers whose petals are just beginning to turn brown, the thick slab of wood with an interesting crack running down the center — these are more highly valued than something flawless. Isn't that refreshing?" (source)

"Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection: it values simplicity, uncluttered, underplayed, and modest surroundings. Authenticity is key to wabi-sabi philosophy: the presence of cracks and scratches in things are considered to be symbolic of the passing of time, weather, and loving use--and should be embraced. Another facet to wabi-sabi is the idea of the "obvious pretty" vs. "unique beauty." 
Unlike shabby chic, wabi-sabi decor inspires minimalism that focuses more on the people who live in the space than anything else. Possessions and other items are pared down to the essentials based on utility, beauty, or nostalgia (or all three). The color palette sways toward whites and earth tones thanks to the use of natural materials. It's almost Shaker-style in its approach: live modestly, and learn to be satisfied with life as it can be once the unnecessary is stripped away." (source)

What draws me to this style is the use of organic elements. the whites and the minimal touch! Uncluttered and luminous always looks great, and makes me feel happy and rested, you know?? And, if you liked this way of decorating, here are a few guidelines on how to incorporate the philosophy in your interiors:
  • Organic materials: Keep the space looking organic and natural with large windows, exposed wood cabinets, ceramic tile, and natural paint colors.
  • Storage: Add built-in cabinets that store away electronics or other "stuff" from plain view so you are left with a clean, uncluttered space.
  • Horizontal lines: Use simple, modern, unadorned furniture with horizontal lines to give the illusion of space and order.
  • Ceramics: Adorn shelves and tables with antique ceramic bowls and vases.
  • Weathered cloth and leather: Adorn the space with items that look better when beat up over time like antique kilim or woven pillows and weathered leather chairs.
  • Organic life: Fresh flowers, potted plants, and bowls of fresh fruit add color and a burst of freshness to the room. (source)

All images are from this Pinterest board.

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