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Wabi-Sabi Design: What is It, and How to Do It Right

Wabi-Sabi Design: What is It, and How to Do It Right

The quote saying “no one is perfect” is not only a quote in Japan but also a design. The concept of Wabi-Sabi boldly incorporates imperfections into the system of designs. Wabi loosely translates to simplicity and Sabi means the beauty of age.

Both combined suggest a loose definition that can be described as the simplicity and beauty of age. Age meaning rust, the motive behind the concept is the acceptance of the incomplete, the imperfect, and the impermanent. In this acceptance is a form of artistic appreciation of the transient and imperfect beauty.

The concept is more pronounced when integrated into art and design. Homeowners’ opinions on collected.reviews have shown how invaluable a concept it is towards identifying with originality, simplicity, and never rebuking oneself for the mistakes and imperfections. Sometimes we buy products from online shops, influenced by online shop reviews, only to find that the products are not used as advertised because we have zero experience on how to use them. Rather than blame ourselves for that, Wabi-Sabi is offering an escape. It is consoling to know there is nothing more beautiful, more compelling than our faults.

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What Should Be Known About Wabi-Sabi?

Wabi-Sabi is a philosophy that originated from Japan around the 15th century. It was dominant at the time the Japanese were particular about excessiveness. They wore excessive golden rings and spent lavishly on women and drinks. Their ornaments were rare jewels and their clothes were sewn from and adorned with uncommon materials. But the Wabi-Sabi proposed a simple, imperfect life. It reflected the ideology of transience — that everything golden and silvery only takes a fleeting moment. It began as a philosophy but soon found its way into art and design.

How to Practice Wabi-Sabi Design

There are a variety of ways to practice Wabi-Sabi. But whatever way or form you use, ensure it reflects simplicity, originality, contentment, transience, and impermanence. It should be all about the beautiful appreciation of your flaws.

  • Use Natural Resources

To stay true to Wabi-Sabi, ensure the materials you use in the decoration of your home are natural and not artificial. Artificial materials are considered pretentious in philosophy. If you must honor it, do it with nature.

  • Keep it Simple

Always keep it simple. Whatever form or design you are into should be minimalist and not carry too much. Use colors to reflect simplicity. Do not burden your design with details.

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  • Embrace Originality

Everything about your design must be original. Here, originality means you should let your decor ideas lead you. Trust your own design instincts and intuitions.

  • Embrace Imperfections

The beauty of imperfections is what the Wabi-Sabi wants us to see. By trying true to yourself, using your decor ideas, and exploring natural materials, you’ll see how perfect the imperfect is.


Several philosophies are integrated into design and the Wabi-Sabi is not an exclusion. It is all about the transience of life. That way, you are reminded of contentment through simplicity, originality, and the celebration of your imperfections.