Furnishing style Wabi Sabi – naturally beautiful living

The Japanese furnishing style Wabi Sabi turns your own four walls into your personal oasis of well-being. After all, your home should be a place of rest and relaxation. The hustle and bustle of everyday life should stay outside as soon as the door closes behind you.

Japanese culture has long been concerned with the relaxation factor at home and has always inspired us Europeans with its furnishing ideas and the ideologies behind these concepts.

Wabi Sabi is one of them and convinces us with its minimalist design, its linear shapes and its natural color concept. In addition, the idea of ​​a holistic attitude is a special feature of Wabi Sabi.

In this article, you will learn more about wabi sabi and how to incorporate this interior design style into your life.


This is what sets Wabi Sabi apart

Wabi Sabi originates from Japanese culture and is therefore strongly influenced by Buddhist teachings. This living concept is also characterized by the imperfect beauty of nature. Once you know the meaning of the term `Wabi Sabi´, the deeper meaning becomes clear. 'Wabi' expresses simplicity, imperfection and impermanence, while 'Sabi' illustrates the effect of time on substances and living beings. The aesthetic appreciation of aging and imperfection thus underlies the wabi sabi concept.

But what does all this have to do with home design? Since the Far Eastern philosophy follows the principle of turning one's back on soulless consumption and instead turning to nature, the Wabi Sabi concept is ideal for bringing home. Minimalism, naturalness and reflection on the essentials are the focus here.

Living minimalist doesn't mean eating dinner on folding chairs or sleeping on an air mattress, but rather valuing your possessions and keeping to the bare essentials.

The principles of the Wabi Sabi interior style

It doesn't take much to set up minimalist furniture and live Japanese, but a kind of rethinking should have taken place first. Because so that Wabi Sabi can move not only into your home, but also into your attitude towards life, you should mainly use simple and local products as well as natural materials of high quality.

High-quality products not only look nicer, but are also more durable and resistant than conventional brands. Because if you not only want to live in the Wabi Sabi style, but also want to live this philosophy, you value, care for and pass on your valuable and beloved objects.

In addition, Wabi Sabi stands for the enjoyment of optical emptiness. That may sound a bit daunting at first, but minimalist living impresses with the liberation from superfluous frills.

As soon as your dining area is furnished with a light wooden table, four white chairs, a light green carpet and a large houseplant, your interior focuses on the essentials, but does not look drab or bare.

Appropriate wabi sabi products for your minimalist home

All Metallbude products follow the credo of minimalist living design and help you to consciously perceive each piece of furniture and to enjoy Japanese living every day.

Three examples:

  • A coffee table with a classic black metal frame and a solid oak top fits perfectly into a natural, minimalist and stylish living room.
  • The situation is similar with a high-quality wall mirror in the hallway, which has a subtle frame and a decorative shelf for your keys or sunglasses. The rounded edges reflect the softness of the wabi sabi while providing a modern look in your entrée.
  • So that your bathroom towels are not only stored functionally, but also form a visual highlight, towel holders made of black metal are suitable, which are mounted on the ceiling above the bathtub or shower stall. The U-shape of the metal holder is not only practical, but also timeless, chic and close to nature.
Side table SOLI - side table made of wood and metal in the color black | metal booth
Bathroom decoration with side table in wabi sabi | metal booth


Ideally implement Wabi Sabi in your own four walls

Before you buy dozens of books about Buddhism and your wabi-sabi setup becomes an absolute mortification, you should approach this project with ease. A few tips can help you:

  • Pick your favourites. This can be an old wall clock or a slightly tattered salad bowl. It is important that you are happy as soon as you see or use these pieces. These objects are preferably kept in natural tones such as beige, brown, green, gray or even rose and sand. Because similar to the Japandi style, Wabi Sabi follows color nuances of nature. Of course you can buy new favorite pieces, but only if you actually use them.
  • In addition to minimalist furniture design and earthy colors, Wabi Sabi focuses on comfort. That means: cushions, curtains, carpets, upholstery and plaids should always be made of natural fibers such as wool, cotton, linen and jute.

Discreet patterns, such as circles or braiding, and straight cuts round off the perfect Wabi-Sabi living concept.

Wabi Sabi inspirations and more

Are you looking for more inspiration and exquisite furniture to love and live Wabi Sabi? In our online shop you will find a variety of high-quality products for your newly designed home. Because home is where you can relax and recharge your batteries.

October 07, 2022