Design Inspiration: ‘Wabi Sabi’

Interior design inspiration can come from many places, and it definitely helps to have some references (or even a mood board) when designing a space to make the look cohesive. But what if you can’t describe the look you’re after? When searching for images online it can be almost impossible if you don’t know what that certain aesthetic is called. That’s where this blog series comes in, each blog will discuss a different design trend and ways to apply it to your home; whether you go all out or add small elements as a nod to your inspiration.

Our first design inspiration is ‘Wabi Sabi’, a trend with Japanese origins that, when loosely translated, means “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay” Collins Dictionary. When translated to design, this means embracing beautiful yet flawed pieces, natural materials and subdued, moody colours. Think minimalism with a bit of an imperfect edge.

The photo below is a great example of tasteful use of wabi sabi concepts – imperfect and natural looking, but simultaneously clean lines and not overly fussy.

Forest House by Fearon Hay – The Local Project

Wabi sabi also has the great appeal of being very environmentally conscious for a design trend, it focuses on repairing broken items rather than purchasing something new and mass-produced. Quality pieces are cherished and cared for; rather than focusing on consumption of the new.

But how do you apply this to your own home? This could be simply done by adding some natural textures and some imperfect elements, especially to easily changeable items such as cushions or curtains. Think textured fabrics with little (if any) sheen and a natural look.

L to R: Warwick ‘Amalfi, Warwick ‘Agra’, Sekers ‘Jove’
L to R: Charles Parsons ‘Verdure’, Rowe ‘Arcadia’, Warwick ‘Kasos’

What do you think of the ‘Wabi Sabi’ concept? How would you implement this in your home? We’d love to hear your ideas!

If you’re interested in using any of these fabrics in your home, or want to discuss other options, feel free to contact us, we love discussing fabrics and we would be happy to give you a free measure and quote.