With each upcoming year we see new trends and styles in interior design emerging, enriched by different cultures and nations around the world. If you follow these designs closely, you’ll know that 2017 was all about Hygge – the Scandinavian design trend that focused on creating simple interiors that are infused with comfort, as well as the peak of all things green, tropical, and botanical not only in designer fabrics and wallpapers, but accessories too.
This year, for one trend it’s time to take things a step towards the Far East with some in the press labeling it a progression into japanordic, where east/west crossovers are coming to the fore. So, say hello to wabi-sabi design, the Japanese-inspired trend that could, if it suits, become a part of many people’s homes this year. It’s not necessarily new, but it’s being talked about.
The definition of wabi-sabi, it’s actually a Japanese philosophy that has been around since the 15th century. It came about as a reaction to the dominant trends of the time, which relied heavily on over-ornamentation, lavishness, and the use of rare materials. Namely, wabi-sabi is all about finding beauty in imperfection. It involves grounding oneself by forming a deep connection to the earth and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Above all, it centers around recognizing the importance of authenticity and striving to remain authentic in all aspects of one’s life. Zen like.
Choose Natural-Looking Materials
Since a large part of wabi-sabi is about connecting to the earth, it’s no surprise that this interior design trend relies on the use of natural-looking materials.