Wabi-sabi in the home

January 23rd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Wabi-sabi in the home

So you will have heard of Wasabi and will have enjoyed it with your sushi but what is wabi-sabi?  Well if you want to bring the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection into your St Albans or Harpenden home you need to turn to wabi-sabi. 

The main way to embrace this ancient Japanese philosophy at home is to create a happier home in which you can feel more content. Rooted in Buddhism Wabi-sabi is an ancient Japanese philosophy focused on accepting the imperfect and transient nature of life. It came out of tea ceremonies which prized utensils which were handmade, irregular and imperfect. 

Wabi-sabi is a wonky home-grown carrot; a crack in a ceramic bowl; a well-thumbed book; falling cherry blossom; a worn wooden hallway. Authenticity is a big part of wabi-sabi, so cracks and imperfections are cherished for symbolising the passage of time and loving use. Embracing wabi-sabi in the home is a perfect antidote to a throwaway society built on disposable goods and mass-produced, homogeneous items.

It is also about appreciating nature, so pay attention to the materials you bring into your home and go for natural options like wood and stone where possible. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they age well too. Take linen sheets for example, they get better with every wash.

You don't need to be an expert on Japanese philosophy or have a big budget to adopt wabi-sabi principles in your home. There is no 'wrong' way to go about it; you simply need to shift your perspective from one of perfecting to one of appreciating.