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7 Golden Rules To Achieve Wabi Sabi In Your Life

Updated: May 20, 2022

It is actually very easy to add the depth of Wabi Sabi and its serene understanding that matches with Zen and minimalism to your space. Of course, first of all, we want you to know that this concept is not just a design style, it is a philosophy. For this, we recommend you to take a look to our wabi sabi philosophy article. In this article, we explain simply how you can achieve wabi sabi aesthetic in your place by following spatial suggestions under light of this ancient philosophy.

#1 Don't Buy If Unnecessary

In recent years, wabi-sabi has become a great source of inspiration for space designers. The concept of wabi sabi is close to minimalism in understanding, but the cold and sterile effect created by minimalism is far from the philosophy of wabi sabi. The obvious common point of these two themes is to benefit from what you have and not to buy things you don't need. Our home, our office, is where we spend our lives, but take a look, does it really show signs of life? Does your space express you? Instead of falling into the cycle of quickly accessible, cheaply manufactured, perishable and quickly discarded items, include furniture and accessories that will last for a long time and will accompany you over time. For example, consider a rustic table that can be used for generations, each scratch contributes to that object's own narrative, everyone who uses that table leaves a distinctive mark, and that is what makes it special and priceless. Another great way to add wabi-sabi to your space is to feature secondhand vintage items. And it is to appreciate the life that every object you use in the space lived before you. It's also an excellent way to save money and reduce your consumption.

#2 Natural Materials

When the materials used are examined, you can include natural wood, the most obvious of the permanent and high-strength materials. Use materials such as stone, concrete and epoxy that create a solid surface, creating a sense of continuity and infinity. Linen, cotton fabrics and all materials with natural components are the elements of the wabi-sabi concept. Include natural textiles.

#3 Color Chart

Neutral tones, earth tones, wood and white are enough to describe a typical wabi sabi space. When the color theme is examined, you can use earth tones, beige and brownish tones of green for the Wabi Sabi concept, where simplicity and naturalness are at the forefront.

#4 Organic Forms

While emphasizing the preservation of the present and respecting the past, we would like to point out that wabi-sabi does not take a stand against modernism. All useful and durable products in the space strengthen this concept. Just make sure that the form of these products is as simple as possible. If your products are made of industrial materials, make sure that these elements remain in the background and do not let the naturalness of your space get in the way.

#5 Art

Artistic handmade objects and wall decorations will strengthen the sense of depth of the space.

#6 Plants

Plants are our number one supporter to strengthen the energy of the space. It is both a wonderful design element and an element that reflects the serenity of the wabi sabi. Transfer vitality energy to physical space using real plants.

#7 Personal Touch

Include a few pieces of furniture, objects, or accessories that truly express you. This will strengthen your presence in the place and the bond between you and the place.

With an pure and minimal line console in earthy-tones, a second-hand rustic table and antique chairs, concrete gray or sprayed plaster walls can create the wabi sabi effect in your space. The ideal way to relax, slow down, step back from the hectic modern world and find pleasure and gratitude in everything you do, wabi sabi will bring serenity to your life and space through simplicity. Wabi-sabi simply means being yourself by embracing your perfectly imperfect self.

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