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Wabi Sabi design

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How to incorporate Wabi Sabi in your space

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese design philosophy that embraces imperfection and the transient nature of existence. The term comes from the words wabi, which means simplicity, and sabi, which refers to the lifecycle of all things and embracing their imperfections.

 Wabi-sabi design is based on 

3 principles: 

  1. Embracing Imperfection: In wabi-sabi, flaws like cracks, chips, and weathering are not blemishes to be concealed, but rather esteemed as marks of character and history. They lend spaces a sense of warmth and lived-in charm.
  2. Appreciating Transience: Central to wabi-sabi design is the acknowledgment and acceptance of life's impermanence. This design ethos encourages letting go of the pursuit of flawlessness and embracing the natural ebb and flow of existence.
  3. Connection to Nature: Wabi-sabi design draws inspiration from the organic world, prioritizing natural elements such as weathered materials and earthy textures. A neutral color palette and incorporation of organic elements further enhance this connection to nature.

Wabi sabi kitchen design
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Wabi Sabi Design Living Room
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  • Enhances Mindfulness: The philosophy encourages mindfulness and a deep appreciation for the present moment. It fosters a connection with nature and an appreciation for the beauty in everyday life.

  • Unique and Personal: Each wabi-sabi designed space is unique, reflecting the individual’s personal taste and experiences. This creates a home that feels deeply personal and meaningful.

  • Creates a Calming Environment: The focus on natural elements and simplicity contributes to a calm and serene atmosphere. This can make the home a sanctuary from the busy outside world.

  • Connection with Nature  Wabi-sabi design often incorporates natural elements like wood, stone, and plants, fostering a deeper connection with nature and enhancing overall well-being.

Wabi Sabi Bathroom
Edward George London

"Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication"

Leonardo Da Vinci

Design Your Home To Be Your Sanctuary And Feel More Centered

Transforming your home into a sanctuary with wabi-sabi design principles allows you to create a space that embodies tranquility, simplicity, and natural beauty. 

Wabi-sabi design encourages you to embrace the imperfections and natural aging processes of your surroundings, fostering an environment that feels authentic and deeply personal. By incorporating natural materials, organic textures, and a muted, earthy color palette, your home becomes a serene retreat that connects you with the essence of nature. When you incorporate eco friendly and sustainable materials into your design that are inspired by nature it will make your space not only look amazing, but also leave you feeling better knowing your introducing less toxins into your home.At the same time you're leaving a legacy for future generations by using pursposeful materials.

In our busy lives it's more important than ever to find balance, disconnect and find peace. Your home should be one place you can go to to disconnect from the world. Feeling centered often involves finding inner peace and balance amidst life's challenges and distractions and the wabi sabi design principles are meant to achieve just that.

Creativity and mindfulness flourishes in moments of relaxation away from the noise. When you're centered you feel healthier and more alive and in these times it's more important than ever to create our sanctuaries.

The minimalist design approach and emphasis on handcrafted, unique items add to the sense of peace and harmony. In this way, wabi-sabi design turns your home into a comforting haven where you can unwind, reflect, and rejuvenate, truly making it your sanctuary.

Wabi Sabi Design
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Key Elements of Wabi-Sabi Bathroom Design

  1. Natural Materials These elements bring a sense of nature and tranquility to the space.

  2. Textures and Layers In your Wabi Sabi design combine different textures to add depth and interest. Rough stone surfaces, soft textiles, and smooth ceramics work well together.Use woven baskets, linen towels, and textured rugs to enhance the tactile experience.

  3. Organic Shapes Opt for fixtures and fittings with organic, flowing shapes rather than sharp, angular lines. Consider oval or round mirrors, and basin sinks with gentle curves.

  4. Plants and Greenery Introduce indoor plants to bring a touch of nature indoors. Choose low-maintenance plants that thrive in bathroom conditions, like ferns or air plants. Use rustic pots or simple vases to maintain the wabi-sabi aesthetic.

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Make it more about the journey within, connecting the mind, body, and spirit. Equip yourself with the right products, and you’re all set to deepen this age-old practice.

Wabi-sabi design can evoke a profound sense of tranquility and contentment by emphasizing the beauty of imperfection and the natural aging process. This aesthetic fosters an appreciation for simplicity and authenticity, creating an environment that feels serene and grounded. By embracing natural materials, muted colors, and handmade objects, wabi-sabi spaces cultivate a connection with nature and a mindful presence in the moment. The organic, unpretentious charm of wabi-sabi design encourages a sense of peace and acceptance, allowing you to feel more relaxed and at ease in your surroundings. This harmonious blend of beauty and imperfection invites a deep sense of satisfaction and emotional well-being. Embarking on the wabi sabi design journey is a personal experience and different for everyone. Whether you incorporate a few wabi sabi design principles in your space or design an entire space around the principle is a personal decision. There is no wrong way to incorporate wabi sabi in your lifestyle.

Sandra Mccullough, Founder

A passionate enthusiast of great design, particularly drawn to styles that incorporate natural elements and bring the outdoors in. With a keen eye for aesthetics and a deep appreciation for nature, my team and I always seek to create spaces that are both beautiful and harmonious. An avid traveler that loves exploring design inspirations from around the world, always eager to learn and incorporate diverse influences into our design work. I firmly believe that your home is your sanctuary and should be a place of peace and tranquility even among the hustle and bustle. 

As a dedicated mother of five, I try to balance life with thoughtful design principles that can enhance everyday living, creating environments that nurture, inspire and create a sense of wellbeing.

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