Décor with Japanese art of wabisabi
Embrace the beauty of imperfect décor with the Japanese art of wabisabi
If you’re tired of making your home look like an image from a slick magazine or keeping it ‘Monica’ clean (surely you’ve heard of the fastidious character from Friends), here’s a new idea in décor. The Japanese idea of wabi-sabi is turning out to be a popular trend for interiors.
Simply put, the term celebrates imperfection. So, it’s okay to be messy. “Wabi-sabi is all about embracing the beauty in the raw, unprocessed texture and earthen finishes,” says Kunaal Seolekar, owner studioHAUS. This means incorporating natural and handmade elements, a palette that reflects simplicity and modesty and working with earthy shades.
“This trend will find a lot of takers as it requires acceptance for the authentic and does not push for a home which looks like a showroom,” says Priyanka Taparia, owner of KERF. “Chipped mirrors, unpolished rustic furniture and earthy shades are some ways of working with this trend.” Here are some tips on how to get it right:
STEP CLOSER TO NATURE
Infuse natural elements like bamboo, clay, raw wood or something as tiny as pin econ es or colourful pebbles from the beach to reflect this trend.
Interior designer Minnie Bhatt throws light on how to bring in this Japanese trend into your homes. Natural stucco walls and concrete textured walls add a rustic charm. “Use natural stones on the floor of the balcony or the bathroom walls,” she says .“Or work with a cement based wall paint that looks natural and not overly manicured.” This means your walls will reflect bumps and imperfections, and the paint streaks will subtly show – it’s all part of the plan. Bhatt also recommends using bamboos as space dividers and weathered wood for cabinets.
The trick with this look is to control the imperfection – keep it shabby but chic. 2Divine owner, Dimple Nahar suggests you fill your vases with twigs and fallen branches instead of fresh flowers. You could also get paper mache furniture, vintage wooden barrels and unfinished stone seating and shelves.
“Use handmade clay pottery as showpieces in your homes,” suggest Lavpreet Singh Talwar, owner of Offroad Designs. “It would work best if these are in imperfect shapes.”
RAW AND RUST
Wabi-sabi lets you embrace beauty in the naturally weathered items that have a history of their own. Designers suggest using antiques like a vintage clock, a grandmother’s rocking chair, unpolished copper utensils, a feathered pen and clay figurines. Interior designer, Vaishna vipratima says that imperfect brick walls would give the perfect look. Just make sure you’ve sealed in all the gaps in the wall.
This raw and fresh look will work best in combination with earthen and rusty shades.
“The colour palette related to wabi-sabi décor is earthy grey, rusty or mud brown and olive green, which will add the required vibe to the room,” says Anupama Bihani, owner of Mirabel Interiors.
Think of placing a raw wood table in the center of a room, surrounded with olive green sofas and cushions in muddy brown. And for those who want to go all out, place a carpet with thread work in brown and slash your walls with textured mild grey.
Too dull? Seolekar, suggests you balance this dullness with lively objects. “Add plants with oversized palms and ferns to add a perfect lively green,” he advises. Or tailor your curtains in delicate sheers, pouring in natural light to illuminate the dark tones around the space.
Use unpolished wood or bamboo for section dividers. Opt for metallic copper accessories for a rustic charm.
Create the perfect wabisabi look with stucco walls and natural light that livens up the earthen tones of the décor.
Go shabbychic with handmade, asymmetrical clay pottery.
Avoid too many table lamps, declutter with a single piece.