The Japanese worldview that celebrates imperfection is expected to be hot in the home décor space in the coming year.
Sleek, sparse minimal interiors might photograph well, but they can also be a pain to keep tidy in real life. After all, messiness is an inevitable part of everyday life, and our homes should be inviting and encourage play — not instill fear at the thought of a spill.
If you’ve never quite been able to get on board with the pared-back, minimal homes that have dominated Pinterest for the last few years, Etsy’s in-house trend forecaster, Dayna Isom Johnson, says her No. 1 trend for 2018 is made for you.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese worldview that celebrates imperfection, and Johnson says it’ll be big in the home décor space.
“No matter your personal style, there is one key factor to nailing this trend for your home design: Find the beauty in the not-so-perfect,” she tells Elle Décor. “Accepting the idea that your home does not have to be showroom-ready is all it takes. Keep it real, be authentic, and be happy that, for once, you don’t have to make your bed to be cool.”
Try these simple, achievable decorating tips to embrace wabi-sabi at home.
Handmade pottery. Search for decorative accents like vases and trays with organic lines and imperfections.
Odd numbers. Avoid symmetry at home, and style accessories in odd numbers.
Layered linens. Good news for people who hate ironing sheets — wabi-sabi celebrates an undone, lived-in look. Opt for soft, wrinkled linen sheets over pressed percale sheets.