The wabi sabi refers to a complex Japanese concept closely related to Zen Buddhism, it could be described as "Zen of things" and as many of the concepts of Japanese culture is difficult to transfer to our rational system of understanding the world. It is said that the wabi sabi is to Japanese culture the same as the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection for Westerners.
In interior decoration you could confuse the wabi sabi as a kind of Japanese minimalism but it goes much further. The aesthetics wabi sabi is sober and a buttera but intertwines with the beauty of the imperfect and the obvious mark of time.
For practical purposes, the wabi sabi aesthetic results in the use of natural materials in poorly refined or primitive finishes and in the use of earthy, gray and green colors.
Moving the idea of wabi sabi to a Western home can be a difficult and even uncomfortable task. If we intend to decorate the whole house in that style, another thing will be to create or rather recreate the wabi sabi in a given room.
The rustic objects, the simple wooden furniture without artifices, with remarkable wear marks for the use and the passage of time are the basis for a decoration inspired by the wabi sabi.
Sometimes we can find inspirations and examples in which used objects are combined with new ones but inspired by that aesthetic. It will no longer be a pure sabi wabi but it can have its charm.
The imperfect is also very important in the wabi sabi because it conveys the Buddhist idea that perfection does not exist in this world.
Well, inspired by this esoteric Japanese concept we can create the decoration of a small space as well as that of a whole room or even the whole house.
We have seen living rooms and bedrooms but also the bathroom can be decorated following the inspiration of wabi sabi. Although perhaps joining furniture and objects with technological fittings turns out to be an idea little respectful with the aesthetic wabi sabi.
The same could be said of the use of steel and concrete, as they are not materials of wabi sabi. But with an eclectic and modern vision we can include them within that peculiar aesthetic vision.
A kitchen inspired by the wabi sabi aesthetic will also be a very particular space full of personality and quite far from what we have for today.
I believe, humbly, that the most important thing that wabi sabi aesthetics can bring to our western culture is a change of point of view. I rest and learn to look at things with a different perspective, that we accept the transience of what we are and what surrounds us. Learn to see the beauty of simplicity and the charm of the time stamp on objects.