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Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

Darren PalmerDarren has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

Wabi Sabi is the traditional Japanese approach to the acceptance and celebration of the beauty of imperfection. There are many ways to embrace this look within your own home, but you may have noticed the principal at work whilst out in your day to day life. Take the time to see the beauty in the imperfection all around us.

Look for uneven textures of paint when it’s cracking and peeling and notice how the light catches the highlights and shadows emphasise texture. Appreciate worn, greyed timber and how the grain becomes deeper and more grooved, emphasised and more dramatic. Look at the layers of colour and texture on walls that have had posters peeled back over years. The same is true for paint on walls that has faded or worn over decades, revealing colours and textures from days gone by.

Wabi Sabi in your own life can be embodied by the idea that “nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect”. Whilst that sounds a bit like a license to have one ongoing and never-ending renovation, think of it as perfection in the imperfections in your home. There is character and joy where there is wear and tear. There is softness and comfort in the worn edges and well-earned age on your own homes surfaces.

Wabi Sabi | Get the look

Get the Carpet Court Look

1. Elitis Material Wallcovering | Océania - Kataba
2. Elitis Material Wallcovering | Épure - Shirakawa
3. Palazzo Timber in Old Grey Oak Matt
4. City Modern Rug in Dreamy Ocean Multi
5. Evoke Rug in Peacock Ivory