Wabi-sabi: The hottest design trend

Jamie Knodel
Dallas Morning News

You’ve finally figured out how to pronounce hygge (HOO-gah) — the cozy style design people couldn’t stop talking about last year — but stylemakers say it’s time to move on to another global concept: wabi-sabi.

The Japanese approach celebrates imperfections and authenticity. This is good news for those of us who long for a perfectly styled home, but can’t seem to achieve it.

The aesthetic is centered on organic designs and shapes, natural materials and lived-in, non-fussy elements.

Wabi-sabi is all about keeping things real. It’s asymmetrical design and finding flaws to celebrate. Think wrinkled linen sheets, handmade pottery, weathered wood and worn or chipped furniture that make Type-A perfectionists nervous.

Etsy predicts that the perfectly imperfect look will catch on in a major way this year, calling it one of 2018’s design trends.

“As a real human, with a real life, and occasionally, a really messy apartment, I’m ready for a change — and I don’t think I’m alone,” said Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert. “Raise your hand: Who’s ready not to make the bed?”