If the thought of an all-white kitchen gives you anxiety, or considering "minimalist decor" makes you laugh given your excess amount of stuff, congrats! You aren't a Type A robot who is immune to spilling things. In fact, you're just an average human who makes a mess while getting ready every single morning and keeps stacks of old magazines to "read one day" — and that's okay! Homes aren't meant to be perfect, they're meant to be lived in.
Or, at least, that's what 2018's soon-to-be biggest design trend wants to help us embrace.
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's in-house trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, is calling it now: Wabi-sabi is the 2018 decor trend imperfect decorators need to know about. The ancient Japanese worldview centers on impermanence and imperfection. In the home, that means emphasizing the use of organic materials, pieces made with innate imperfections, and embracing authenticity, even if that means it's a little off-kilter.
“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," says Isom Johnson. "Think tables or cutting boards with burn marks or ceramics that have not been perfectly thrown. 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.”
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Some easy ways to practice wabi-sabi in your home? Try incorporating handmade, naturally-shaped, and inherently-flawed decor pieces. Think: hand-crafted pottery, pre-wrinkled linen sheets, wood furniture with uneven grains. Anything that helps you to honor the space that you live in, no matter how eclectic or disorganized it may be.
If you ask us, perfection is next-level boring, anyway.
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