Wabi-Sabi in your Home

Wabi denotes simplicity and quietude. Its original meaning came from living in solitude in nature. But now it has developed to something that is made by man or nature that receives a uniqueness and elegance of an imperfect form.Sabi focuses on the aspect of how things become more valuable and beautiful with age and appreciates the cycle of life as well as careful mending of damage.The concept of Wabi-Sabi has its origin in Japan. As Richard R. Powel says in his book Wabi-Sabi Simple, it is a way to “find value in the imperfect, the handmade and the uncomplicated”.
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As human beings we are often striving towards the idea of perfection. Which we all know does not exist. Wabi-Sabi helps you put those unachievable and unrealistic expectations to rest and bring more harmony into your world. It is not just something you can implement in your physical spaces, but also an idealism you can bring with you in your day to day life.

The most used example for describing this philosophy, is the art of kintsugi. This is where gold dusted lacquer is used to repair broken pottery. The use and tear of the pottery is acknowledged and celebrated. Many western cultures would naturally throw away to the broken item for a new shiny one, but this art form highlights the imperfection and shows how the imperfection is natural and also indeed beautiful. In this article we have given examples of how to implement the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi into your home.
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Wabi-sabi is about seeing the beauty in the unpolished. Seeing the life experiences in someones wrinkles. Interpreting the old stories and happenings of an old decaying building. Imagining the new use for an old item. Appreciating the stillness and melancholy of a grey day. Being in the moment when the bus is delayed. In other words, accepting things at it is.
In many ways it is a practice of gratefulness. It is the acceptance of how things are, rather than wanting it to be something else. It is the welcoming of constant change and development. And the separation from the need of a polished facade. It is the celebration of erosion and willingness to repair.

As Richard R. Powell said in the book Wabi Sabi Simple;

“Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect”

The low-down on achieving a wabi sabi inspired home

– stay grounded with the raw and tactile– embrace objects that take form naturally and organically– appreciate the flaws and variations in artisanal craftsmanship– welcome simplicity, and tranquility will follow

Get back to nature

Connecting with nature plays an integral role in wabi sabi, and understandably so: aside from adding a sense of tranquility, these raw and modest materials reflect the passage of time and acceptance of natural processes. Wood with hollows, cracks and markings aplenty shouldn’t be perceived as damaged, but rather as signs of maturity that give way to a unique patina of age and originality. A stool will allow you to show off the wood’s beautiful variations from all angles, and can double as a chic, naturally striking side table. Accessorise with a bunch of dried branches or flowers to give your home that rustic, lived-in and tactile finish.

Keep to a muted palette

Carry on this natural story by sticking to a muted palette of browns, greys, subdued greens and whites, which will help create the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. This isn’t to say that colour has to be entirely ruled out – instead, opt for tones that still draw from Mother Nature, and work them into your home with a selection of finishing touches. We love playing with deep blues and rich terracotta reminiscent of our coasts and raw earth.

Get crafty with the artisanal

Nothing exemplifies imperfection as beautifully as handcrafted decor, making it an excellent addition for achieving that wabi sabi inspired space. It’s all about the embracing the uneven glaze on your vase, the natural dent in your antique cabinet, or a handcrafted straw basket, or even an accidental brush stroke on that oil painting you’ve just brought home. The more variation, the better, as it gives your piece all the more character and charm, as well as an authenticity that mass-produced home décor items could never duplicate.

Pare it back

Wabi sabi seeks beauty in simplicity, and a home that adopts a minimalist-like approach naturally gives way to a tranquil and harmonious ambience. Furniture pieces that sit close to the ground instantly make a room look warm and inviting, and, with their low profile, can open up a space while enhancing its pared-back aesthetic. Continue this less-is-more approach by eliminating any clutter and stripping your belongings down to the essentials. Not only does this foster a calming space devoid of chaos, but it also encourages us to let go of material wants and appreciate the things we already have.

We hope these tips help you bring a little of the wabi sabi philosophy into your home – be sure to check out our handcrafted selection of artisanal products on http://www.ziveli.in

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