This Is What You Need to Know About Wabi-Sabi

It only takes a scroll through Instagram to get the memo that minimal interiors are trending. Sleek, pared-back spaces have dominated home decor magazines and trend-casts for the last few seasons... although there's a new movement emerging in the styling space, rooted in the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi.

Simply put, this philosophy espouses the beauty of transience and imperfection — in the home, and beyond — which is great news who everyone who likes the idea of a sparse, kept space... but, realistically, can't keep up with their own Pinterest boards.

In embracing Wabi-sabi, you'll curate and create a space with a few rough edges, and an unlikely piece here and there. (That's the idea.) It'll encourage your creativity and bring a renewed sense of harmony into your home, especially as you embrace the rugged and the uneven — and these are a few simple ways to nod to this worldview in your space.

Handmade ceramics

Incorporate decorative pieces including vases, sculptures and bowls with exposed surfaces, unfinished lines and imperfections to create interest.

Eclectic furniture

You don't have to subscribe to symmetry. Curate a range of furnishings and accents in materials that complement eachother. Go for balance and please the eye with accessories and decorative pieces grouped in odd numbers.

Natural materials

Real wood furnishings, exposed brick walls and natural fibres work seamlessly together to create a sense of warmth, style and homeliness in any space.

Layer your linen

Leave your bedroom a little undone by layering your linens and embracing the natural texture of your sheets. That means no ironing, and leaving the bed un-made.

Be purposeful

Ensure that each feature of your room has a purpose whether that be decorative or practical — and remember: you can still subscribe to Marie Kondo's idea that everything in your space should "spark joy."

Happy decorating.

Now that we’re on the topic, these are six of the most popular design trends for 2018, and here's how to style your linen (you can say goodbye to ironing, for starters).

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