Wabi-Sabi: This Year’s Need-To-Know Interior Trend

This year we are embracing all things Japenese in our homes. Move over Hygge – we’re loving wabi-sabi, the ancient Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection. Think worn out woods, natural materials, misshapen ceramics, zig-zag-shaped shelves and oxidised colours.

DFS couch.

For us, it’s all about a relaxed approach to living – mixing your favourite pieces with some new items to freshen up your home. The Japanese value quality over quantity, so super soft linens, silks and cottons are key. Moving away from the gold and copper accessories that have been so prominent in the past few years, this trend looks to silver and bronze fixtures instead.

Phoenix vase, €55 at Kelly Hoppen

Romeo Display Cabinet, €449 at Michael Murphy

Think cool colour palettes for an injection of freshness and when it comes to clutter, clear it out. Minimalism is the one home trend that never goes out of fashion in team GAFF’s books.

Large white scented candle, €6.99 at HomeSense

Stilla marble clock, €116 at amara.com

We love Karen McCartney, author of Perfectly Imperfect and a wabi-sabi expert, who explains that the principle is less about consumerism and more about having an emotional connection to your surroundings. “For me, the things I buy have to have a soul and an added something that makes me fall for them. Flea markets are an endless source of inspiration.”

Arabesque ceramics from Sthål, €12

Trends to experiment with but, as always, we don’t want you to go out and spend a fortune. Try something as simple as a stem of cherry blossom in a vase for a little wabi-sabi in your bathroom or desk. We love The Crate girls for floral inspo.

So, what d you think? Will you be trying a little Asian inspo n your home this spring? Pick up the new issue of TATLER mag for our full guide to Wabi-Sabi.

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