How Wabi Sabi Can Alter Your Mood

How Wabi Sabi Can Alter Your Mood

Going through different emotions at certain stages in your life is normal. However, struggeling with negative emotions over a longer period of time can be taxing on anybody. In this episode, we will discuss how Wabi Sabi Interior can help you to overcome a difficult time in your life. The solution is within you, and we hope this post will help you realize just that.

What is Wabi Sabi?

Wabi Sabi is a Japaneese concept that does not have a direct translation into english, but can be described as the "art of finding beauty in imperfection". It is about embracing the natural cycle of life, including trancience and decay of things, and that this ebb and flow is what gives life its depth and beauty. Rather than seeking perfection Wabi Sabi encourages us to appreciate asymmetri, simplicity and the natural qualities of our surroundings. 

Addressing Emotional Struggles with Wabi Sabi

When mixing with interior design, concept of Wabi Sabi, can help you in your journey to emotional healing or coping with loss of a loved one. Here are some examples of how this may be achieved.

Feeling Overwhelmed

The world often demands perfection. Deadlines, responsibilities, and the relentless pursuit of more can leave us feeling drained and overwhelmed. Wabi-Sabi, with its focus on simplicity, urges us to:

  • Declutter our space: A cluttered environment can reflect and amplify a cluttered mind. Embrace simplicity by removing unnecessary items and distractions.
  • Embrace natural elements: Incorporating plants, wood, and natural light into your space can have a calming effect. They act as a bridge to nature, grounding us and reminding us of life's simple joys.

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Dealing with a Breakup

Heartbreak is a painful reminder of life's transient nature. Yet, Wabi-Sabi teaches us:

  • To Embrace Impermanence: Like the withering of autumn leaves, relationships too have their seasons. Understanding this can ease the pain of separation.

  • Reinvent Your Space: Post-breakup, reinvent your personal space. New layouts, colors, or plants can symbolize growth, change, and new beginnings.

Loss of Someone Important

The depth of grief from losing someone dear is profound. Wabi-Sabi, in its embrace of life's cycles, offers:

  • Acceptance of Life’s Natural Progression: Everything, including pain, is transient. With time, our most profound sorrows turn into treasured memories.

  • Create a Memorial Corner: Dedicate a space in your home for mementos or pictures, not as a place of mourning, but as a spot to honor and cherish memories.

Dealing with Loneliness

In solitude, there's a spectrum ranging from peacefulness to overwhelming loneliness. Wabi-Sabi advises:

  • Appreciating Solitude: Solitude is an opportunity for introspection and self-discovery. It's a moment to connect deeply with oneself.

  • Spaces Open for New Experiences: In your living spaces, leave areas open and uncluttered, symbolizing your openness to invite new experiences and relationships into your life.

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Practical Tips to Introduce Wabi-Sabi into Your Life

  • Adopt Handcrafted Items: These come with their unique imperfections, telling stories of their makers and representing genuine effort and authenticity.

  • Use Natural Materials: Opt for materials that age gracefully, acquiring character over time.

  • Incorporate Earthy Tones: These tones are calming, grounding, and offer a warm embrace in challenging times.


Wabi-Sabi isn't just an aesthetic; it's a mindset. In a world that often magnifies our flaws and imperfections, Wabi-Sabi gently reminds us of the beauty and depth they bring into our lives. By embracing this philosophy, we not only learn to see the world differently but also equip ourselves with a comforting perspective during emotionally trying times.

Dear reader, we encourage you to share your stories with us, comment on this post, and reflect on your experiences with imperfection. Connecting over shared vulnerabilities and growth can be a therapeutic experience for all

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