Real Living (Australia) - - HOMES -

Wabi-sabi is an ex­pres­sion for a Ja­panese aes­thetic that finds beauty in im­per­fec­tion, tran­sience and the in­com­plete, and has an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of nat­u­ral ob­jects and pro­cesses. Wabi-sabi char­ac­ter­is­tics may in­clude sim­plic­ity, aus­ter­ity, rough­ness and asym­me­try. Is your home in need of a lit­tle Zen? Here are a few wabi-sabi changes you can make.

See the beauty in what you al­ready have. Em­brace flaws and aged items – shiny and new need not ap­ply. Look for hand­made. Shop for in­ter­est­ing pieces that have been hand­crafted. Even bet­ter if they’re a bit dam­aged, it adds to the charm (and you might get a dis­count).

Be in­spired by na­ture’s colour pal­ette. But stick to the more sub­dued tones of grey, green, and earthy neu­trals. Choose ma­te­ri­als that fade and weather over the years and de­velop a patina. Ev­ery­thing gets bet­ter with age.

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