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Move over minimalism, there’s a new trend in town.

Last year, MyDomaine predicted that wabi-sabi will be the number one home décor trend of 2018 – and it’s definitely making an impact. Even though the trend is basking in its design spotlight, it’s still relatively new on the block here in America.

Are you new to the trend? Learn what it is and how you can incorporate it into your home.

What is Wabi-Sabi?

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy which finds beauty in imperfections, the temporary and the unfinished. When perfected, a wabi-sabi lifestyle should help increase happiness and contentment. It’s similar to hygge, but instead of emphasizing an appreciation of hominess, it’s an appreciation of contentment.

In Western cultures, design commonly emphasizes clean lines and symmetry. Wabi-sabi moves away from the concept of perfecting your space and focuses on appreciating what you have. This naturally leads to less clutter, a focus on quality over quantity and a sense of authenticity.

How do You Incorporate Wabi-Sabi into Your Decor?

Since this design trend is more about appreciating what you have rather than pushing you to buy more, start with what you have in your home.

Fix it Up

In the spirit of appreciating imperfections, you could fix up that old chipped cup or that footstool with the wonky leg instead of tossing out. You can mend a chip with a little epoxy, sandpaper and other odds and ends. You could even play up imperfections by mixing the epoxy with a contrasting paint or pigment color.

The trend of wabi-sabi is not against purchasing new items though. If you are in the market for some new décor pieces or furniture, there are a few elements of this lifestyle you could look for.

Handmade Goods

When shopping for home décor or furniture, look for pieces that have been handmade. They’ll have slight imperfections and pieces of character that only come from a person’s hands rather than machinery.

Appreciate the work that went into making the item you’re buying. Remember it’s about quality over quantity. Maybe instead of purchasing mass-produced, white plates, opt for hand-made ceramics.

If you don’t have access to handmade goods, look for store-bought pieces that have those little imperfections like uneven edges on your new plates or more rugged and worn looking wood for your next coffee table or bench.

Natural and Neutral

When it comes to textiles and colors, embrace the natural and the neutral.

Bright, bold colors don’t have much of a place in a wabi-sabi home. Instead, choose tones that inspire calm and peaceful vibes. Stick with neutral colors like whites, grays, tans and black colors.

Be mindful of the materials you use in your home. For textiles, choose natural fibers like linen and organic cotton. Stick with wood, glass and stone for your furniture and dinnerware.

If you want to really go for the wabi-sabi look, opt for linen sheets instead of your standard pressed content ones. The linen wrinkles easily, but somehow still looks cozy in its imperfection. Embrace the messiness a bit and leave your bed slightly unmade.

Get the Wabi-Sabi Look


  1. Linen Sheet Set ($44-$259)
  2. Olive Green Geometric Woven Jute Salim Area Rug ($80 – $200)
  3. Wabi-Sabi Mug ($36)
  4. Takara Side Table ($179) – Item Sold Out
  5. Glenna Dinner Plate ($22)

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