While creating a project for our new flat, we often strive for extreme perfection, where all the design elements will go together perfectly. The Land of the Rising Sun strongly opposes this style of interior design, demonstrating instead their wabi-sabi approach, which praises imperfection and modesty. Wabi stands for simplicity and living in harmony with nature while sabi stands for accepting the passing of time and the beauty of transience – learn how to create imperfect perfection in your house!
Reality, history and nature – the way to a wabi-sabi interior
The wabi-sabi style, similarly to the Japanese philosophy of the same name, is an answer to today’s canon of beauty in the world of interior design, one that is mostly based on the concept of perfection and where there is neither place for imperfection nor for broadly understood simplicity. We treat each cavity in a wall as a blatant shortcoming, but crumbling plaster and everything that is the result of the everyday use of interiors is actually the key to the wabi-sabi style, which not only does not let you but actually orders you to expose such shortcomings.
Respect to transience plays an important role in this concept coming from the Land of the Rising Sun. Therefore, objects affected by the ravages of time will perfectly suit wabi-sabi interiors. Old ceramics, antique yet restored furniture showing its age, and faded textile accessories belong to this group.
Next to the natural wear and tear of objects and their history, the interiors of Japanese houses are defined in every way primarily by nature. Raw earth colours have primacy in wabi-sabi – beige, brown and white. Darker shades of blue and cooler, greenish pastel colours work perfectly. The word: “Natural” in the context of this style, inspired with imperfection refers also to materials – wabi-sabi loves linen, wood, concrete, but also… wool.
Wabi-sabi style wool – natural rugs
Despite its simplicity, interiors created along with the wabi-sabi style love decorations which introduce natural balance to them. Practical decorative elements, which include wool rugs, in addition to subtly warming up the space, contribute to improving the comfort of rooms inspired with the design philosophy from the Land of the Rising Sun.
In our offer you can find products that perfectly fit into the described wabi-sabi style. What colour of rug should you choose for your living room? It is worth getting a closer look at modern models such as the BRAN beige rug from the Calisia collection or the EDDIE graphite design from the same collection. These two options will go well with projects based on stark greyness. We suggest models in slightly warmer shades, like the toned-down DIVE rug from the Noble collection or the subtly more bold patterned ANGIE from the Calisia collection for interiors, where earth tones dominate.
How to furnish a wabi-sabi living room? The answer to this question is incredibly simple, just like the interior design. Simply forget about perfectionism for a while, accept certain stylistic faults and turn them into advantages of the designed room. Do not forget about the most important aspect of the whole idea – about natural accessories, among which you have to remember about a modern wool rug.