Wabi Sabi: Why "Imperfect" is the New Perfect

In today's world, where we are always on the go and continually connected to our gadgets, with news and notifications bombarding us all day long. It's no wonder that we yearn for a slower, more simple lifestyle. One that is in tune with nature, rather than technology.

This desire for a simpler life is evident in the popularity of organic foods, handcrafted goods, and sustainable living. More and more people are choosing to adopt some of the principles of sustainable living. And it's not just about going green - although that is certainly part of it. It's also about enjoying the moment.

This desire for a slower, more authentic way of living is reflected in the popularity of the Japanese aesthetic known as wabi-sabi.

It's about accepting things as they are, rather than trying to force them to be something they're not, appreciating the natural aging process of materials, and the patina that comes with time. Instead of hiding them away, it's finds beauty in the things that are old and worn.

It's a way of looking at the world that celebrates the imperfect and transient nature of life. This philosophy can be applied to anything from the way you furnish your home to the way you live your life.

A traditional Japanese ikebana arrangement.
The focus is on simplicity and imperfection, with crooked stems and the flowers not perfectly arranged. This imperfection is what makes the arrangement beautiful.


When you start to view your home through the wabi-sabi lens, you'll begin to appreciate your space more and feel less stressed. It's not surprising that more and more people are drawn to this simple, uncluttered look and focus on natural materials.

If you're drawn to the wabi-sabi aesthetic, here are some tips on how you can incorporate it into your own home.

Embrace imperfection
Stop chasing perfection and learn to love the imperfections. Accept things as they are, rather than trying to force them to be something they're not.

In your home, this might mean accepting the cracks in an old brick wall, or displaying a well-worn piece of furniture. It's about celebrating the signs of age and wear, rather than trying to hide them away. Instead of a laminated table, consider using an antique made of wood.

In a world where we are constantly striving for perfection, wabi-sabi reminds us that imperfection is what makes us unique and special. 


Wabi Sabi

Keep it simple
Keep your home free of clutter and unnecessary objects. It's about paring down to the essentials and letting go of things that you don't really need.

This means getting rid of knick-knacks and clutter, and only keeping the pieces of furniture and decor that you really love. This helps create a soothing haven for our busy lives.

Focus on natural materials
Focusing on natural materials means using materials that are in their natural state, rather than engineered or synthetic. This might include using wood that is still in its natural form, or stone that has not been cut or polished.

In your home, this might mean using materials that are in harmony with nature like wooden floors, unfinished concrete instead of laminate.

Use cotton or linen for your bedding instead of wrinkle free polyester or microfiber. You can truly relax because the wrinkles of an unmade bed is perfectly in tune with wabi sabi.

Wabi Sabi mood board vignette - Essex Designs

Bring in the outdoors
Another way to incorporate wabi-sabi into your home is to bring in the outdoors. This means connecting with nature and incorporating plants and organic materials into your space.

You can achieve this by adding a few potted plants, or indoor hanging plants in your home. You have to carefully add elements that are made with natural materials like rattan, wood, stone, or clay in your decor. 

Style and preference is subjective, but whatever you do, the goal is to create a calm and relaxing that connects you to nature.


Do you think that "imperfect" is the new perfect? Let me know below!


Good news! You can now create this look with our shop page. Check out Shop the Look and curate your space.



1 comment

Melynda Brown

Great message! My roadmap for decades now.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published