Friday, December 22, 2017

The Art of Minimalism - Wabi-Sabi Trend on the Rise

Nina Simons is here to share some ideas on the art of Minimalism. 
Thanks for guest hosting today.

Japanese aesthetics are based on ancient ideals that among many others include Wabi
(simple, subdue and austere beauty) Sabi (the beauty of aging well, natural rust and patina) and
Yūgen (mysterious, profound grace) that are an essential part of daily life. The combination of
Wabi and Sabi created a whole new trend in interior design. It is defined as the beauty of
imperfect, impermanent and incomplete things and refers to a mindful approach to life.
Finding beauty in imperfection is also connected to Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi) method for
repairing broken pottery with gold and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for
having been broken. The connection between aesthetic, art and philosophy is very important,
can influence one's life and result in changing for the better. If you are thinking about bringing
wabi-sabi trend to your home and your life, here are some tips and trick that can help you
properly introduce this newest trend.

Introducing natural materials

Wabi-sabi inspires us to be selective when it comes to choosing materials for our homes.
We should choose fewer longer-lasting quality possessions instead of surrounding our homes
with too many. That means opting for raw and natural materials and textures that get better with
age (hence the meaning of Sabi) and celebrate its imperfections and flaws. Think about
combining wood, wool, bamboo, linen, clay, leather, iron, glass and stone altogether to create a
moderate and simplified interior.
The naturalness of the materials gives a house the warmth to become a home and brings the
nature inside. Purchasing handmade furniture shows off the rawness and richness of the
natural materials. For example, when choosing a dining/coffee table, make sure it is made out of
unprocessed wood with all the little flaws shown because that is where its beauty lies. Not to
mention that with time it will become even more beautiful since the wood ages well.
Adding worn out furniture or flea market finds (vintage, rustic chairs, sofas, tables, and mirrors)
emphasizes perfect imperfectness of the wabi-sabi aesthetic.

The less is more rule

Getting rid of all the unnecessary belongings is very important for simplifying and moderating
your home and your life. Over the years, many unused items have found their place on the
shelves or are hidden somewhere in the back. Well, it is time to clean out your mind and your
home. Overcrowding rooms with excessive belongings closes the circle of positive energy and
creates a mental and physical block to living simply.

Wabi-sabi embraces the whole less is more idea and encourages us to minimize the amount of
everything in our surroundings.  Set your mind on throwing away items that you've completely
forgotten about because if you are not using them, you don't really need them.
Using fast junk removal services can make it easier to distance from the material things and get
the whole process done quickly without getting too emotional. We all get attached to certain
items, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as you don't exaggerate. Leave only a few
things that you love and that are functional.

Find beauty in simplicity

When it comes to decorative accents, find beauty in simplicity. There is no need for spending
money on expensive items, instead, purchasing hand-made ones with traces of history and usage
are more valued. Be careful not to over decorate and concentrate on the simplicity. If you happen
to have broken items that you love, simply glue them back together if possible and cherish them
for their imperfections. Add several preferable clay pots with plants to bring the nature inside
and decorate walls with just a few pieces of bold artworks.

The color and the look of the walls, in this case, are more important than wall decor itself.
Wabi-sabi encourages worn-out, raw look even when it comes to walls, so unfinished, slightly
damaged, or undone concrete look is an advantage. Also if you happen to have chipped tiles or
if some of them are missing, cover them up with Kintsugi technique and create a unique look.
If you are not a fan of unfinished walls then opt for neutral tones to cover them up. The color
palette sways towards earth tones inspired by natural materials.

The main point of wabi-sabi style is actually in creating your own version of it. Cherish the
imperfections and modify them to depict your personality and your character. Every little
thing that you choose or repair creates a new unique piece and gives you your own,
personalized wabi-sabi home decor style. Remember, it will affect your lifestyle as well, so be
honest if you want to achieve the simplicity and lead a moderate life. Now that you have learned
a bit more about the new trend, you can start adapting your home and find inspiration in it to
change for the better.

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