This Japanese term is all about the perfectly imperfect. 

By Tamara Kraus
Updated January 10, 2018
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Last year was full of home trends: Hygge, lagom—the list goes on and on. While this year is still quite new, we’ve already discovered the new trend in the realm of home design, and it’s called wabi-sabi.

We loved Hygge and Lagom because they helped us achieve maximum coziness at home, but we’re here for wabi-sabi in the new year because it’s about keeping things authentic. Often, so many designers expect us to create museum-like homes with items you don’t feel like you can use—let alone live in. What’s the point of having a home you don’t feel comfortable in?

In a social-media world where perfection follows us everywhere, wabi-sabi is here to save our sanity. The ancient Japanese philosophy is built on the idea of impermanence and imperfection. According to Etsy, in the modern home world, this idea translates into organic materials, soft textured fabrics, and natural shapes—minus any re-touching. Think all-natural elements that have a no-fuss feel: wrinkled linen sheets, wood, and hand-built ceramics.

If you don’t know where to start, check out this book, and you’ll be on your way to a wabi-sabi home in no time. Whether you want to share a pot of tea with friends or whip up a delicious meal for guests, you’ll discover easy-going ways that will make you feel thoughtful and full at home, in the kitchen, and in your entire life.