Wabi Sabi Your Home: Love the Imperfection in your Space

Wabi Sabi Living Room

Scratches, Stains and Stripped Back Style

More, more, more. With access to so many products nowadays, it can feel as if we are pressured to have excess. More clothes, more devices, more stuff. That and, everything we have must be perfect. On trend and impeccable down to every last detail.

It’s overwhelming (not to mention pricey) but take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be. Like meditation for our minds and yoga for our bodies, there is a way to bring some much-needed chi into our homes.

Introducing Wabi Sabi. Finding the beauty in imperfection.

A Japanese concept, Wabi Sabi is rooted in the power of simplicity. Whilst there is no literal translation, Wabi Sabi encourages us to step away from the clutter and pressure of modern purchasing patterns and embrace modesty and restraint.

Unlike other interior design concepts, Wabi Sabi is not about furnishing with particular styles or based on a carefully prescribed colour palette. It’s about learning to appreciate the history of our furniture, matching what we need to buy with what we already own. It teaches us to look at a space and appreciate what is already there, rather than what could be added or changed.

Peeling paint. Brick walls left exposed. Worn leather. Marked wood.

This is not a list of problems. These are elements that add beauty and authenticity to your home. With Wabi Sabi, we leave our worries behind and see the artistry in the simple things. 

Less Is Less

Whilst changing your psyche may not be an overnight job, there are some styling guides that can help you on your way to blissful zen. Most specifically, what does Wabi Sabi actually look like?

Wabi Sabi Dining Room

A great place to start is space. Interior design tends to be led by how we can fill a space. Wabi Sabi looks at how you can empty it. A clear space helps create a clear mind, so furnish to maximise floor space and minimise clutter. Your new mantra must be minimalism!

Start by making a list of furniture you absolutely need for each room. This will depend on your lifestyle. Whilst some people will need a sofa and coffee table for their living area, others may prefer to simply use an armchair and ottoman. Consider how you use a space and only add pieces that support that. 

But this doesn’t mean you must be deprived of decoration. Wabi Sabi challenges us to guide our style by the feeling of the room. Shake yourself from the bonds of how it “should look” and concentrate on how it feels.  It’s not about going without, merely recognising what truly brings value.

Yes, for those of us not fluent in the language of new aged cliches, it does sound a bit wishy-washy. But it is actually very simple. When you are considering a purchase, only choose those things that will bring something positive to the space. Ask yourself; do I need it? Does it add depth? After all, living in a home with bare walls and empty rooms may be a little less relaxing and a little more like solitary confinement.

Wall art, homewares, cushions and lighting are all welcome in the home of Wabi Sabi. They are just chosen with care. Instead of filling up your couch with polyester cushions that will ball and flatten, opt for two cushions with duck feather down that you can rest your head on for years to come.

 

Elementary Velvet Cushion Olive GreenElementary Cushion Corvus Table Lamp Black Corvus Table Lamp
Nikko Terrarium The Ink Print The Ink Print


Back Down To Earth

What can you keep? A hand-me-down wooden table with a splintered top. Perhaps a linen couch that is a tad worn or frayed. A floor lamp that has become tarnished over time. These pieces are truly in line with Wabi Sabi. Flawed, yet charming. Use them as your centrepiece and inspiration to build around. If the condition is too poor, consider whether it could be upcycled.

For many of us, furnishing an entire room with pre-loved furniture may not be possible. But this does not mean you have to give up your new found lifestyle. You can buy new and still maintain the Wabi Sabi ethos.

Go neutral. Go natural. Go raw.

Our Wabi Sabi collection has been chosen to have a fresh look and bright facade. Using a mix of woods creates an organic feel, while a wool rug and velvet cushions give warmth. Layering metal accents and ceramic homewares for a personal touch. But also keep an eye out for leathers, metals, concrete and glass. Even when bought new, these materials are ready for you to impart your own story into them. They will age beautifully and last a lifetime. Create a room that is both crisp and authentic. Channelling the serenity of Wabi Sabi.

Wabi Sabi values history and you might just be surprised where you find it. Brand spanking new, our Artemis Collection may not be the first place you look for historical value. But look a little deeper. Recycled from ancient Chinese doors and buildings this furniture is already imbued with a rich story.

Another key consideration is the environmental impact. There are a growing amount of products that are being made from sustainable materials. A little research could go a long way. Did you know that Mango Wood is becoming the sustainable timber of choice? Taken from trees felled from old mango plantations, Mango Wood is strong and has a beautiful natural grain. The blond colour and natural beauty of this wood is proudly displayed across our Bruna Collection. Your perfect cross section between ethical Wabi Sabi and brand new designs!

Yes, most of us would do almost anything to get out of cleaning, but remember earthy does not equal dirty. Whether your Wabi Sabi style is rustic and worn or stripped back and tranquil, keep the space clean. Bring out the beauty in your furniture by making sure each piece is given the respect it deserves.

A truly refreshing perspective on influencing mood using your surroundings. It might take a little work, but it is worth it. Wabi Sabi teaches us how to live with less. Love what we have. Consider what we buy and where it came from.

Bruna Rocking ChairBruna Rocking Chair Artemis Shelf Artemis Shelf
Mita Dining Table  Mita Dining Table Bruna Sideboard  Bruna Sideboard

 

Explore more of Wabi Sabi Furniture here.

Invigorate Your Home for Autumn

Brass Accents, Artisan Pieces & Geometric Designs
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At Brosa we like to think that the home is always a work in progress. It’s a place to reflect your developing style and sense of individuality, and in an era where we have access to influences from all around the world, there is more inspiration than ever before.

If you’re looking for a project, or just feel like it’s time for something fresh, your home is a great place to release your creativity and make a space that is entirely your own. Whether you are looking for a big change, or want to add a twist to your current style, there are so many ways to bring new trends into your home.

Seasonal change is the perfect time to explore the trends that have been making a splash and find something that interests you. With so many stunning interior trends emerging both here and internationally, we have curated our favourite three trends and some beautiful designer pieces to energise your space this Autumn.

Brass Accents

For an infusion of warmth into your home, the subtle glamour of brass accents are a popular and versatile choice. Imparting a sense of affluence with golden tones and a metallic finish, brass will appear expensive without being ostentatious.

Often seen themed across homewares and decor, lights, fittings and furniture, brass is best used when sprinkled evenly throughout a room’s furnishings. Whether in a picture frame, lamp, or inlaid in furniture as seen with the Odette Footstool, brass accents are most effective when used sparingly and coupled with complementary products.

Matching beautifully with any colour palette and interior style, brass can be tailored for homes with a vast array of stylings. Traditional homes often feature brass moulded into classically ornate designs, whilst the contemporary use of brass is recognisable by clean lines and a smoother finish.

As seen here in the Watkins collection, brass is becoming a key element for a sleek industrial look. The use of brass legs here complement the heavy wooden table top, giving the chunky piece a refined edge. Moving away from cooler materials, the rustic edge of industrial chic is given a softer feel when utilising warm brass.

Reflecting a pleasant glow, brass increases the spacious feel of rooms with white surfaces and clean lines. Alternately it is a stunning addition to homes with dark wood and moody colour palettes due to it’s unique popping effect under direct light and will provide a richness to the atmosphere.

With finishes varying from brighter yellows to aged copper, brass collections have a variety of looks that will have a different effect in each environment. A material that gets better with wear, it is perfect for high traffic everyday pieces and will continue to look as stunning as the day it’s purchased.

Despite the recent saturation of coppery metals, brass remains a staple material for interior designers. Avoid appearing garish by mixing brass accents with cooler metals (like chrome or silver), or just keep it simple for understated class.

 


Artisan Design

potter entertainment unit artisan

In the era of mass production, artisan, or the craft of making something by hand, is a concept that holds a degree of fascination and authenticity. With every piece being unique in nature, artisan wares have the attractive characteristics of being high quality with an element of individuality.

Having a close relationship with our makers, we believe that there is something truly special about owning a piece that has real care and passion in its crafting. Hand woven in India, our range of rugs are an example of the level detail and visible quality that has bought artisan products back into the public eye.

Often associated with their historical origins, artisan collections have commonly been inspired by traditional cultures, for example woven baskets and wooden cutlery. However this artistry has been adapted to contemporary and modern trends with focus now being given to the level of craftsmanship and materials.

Despite being impeccably finished, artisan pieces have a distinctly organic undertone that can be accentuated or understated with styling. To bring out the earthy feel choose accessories with raw materials and pair with a natural colour palette.

Often distinguished by the intricacies in design, artisan products have a marked beauty that will be appreciated by the owner and visitors alike. Built on tradition and imbued with character, it is a must have for those who hope to give their home a distinctly personal narrative. Here are some collections which can bring a rustic feel to your home.


Geometric Pieces

pentagon coffee table top geometrics

With a nod to the funky flair of the 70s, geometric patterns is a trend that just keeps on giving. Regularly adapted within current trends and genres including art and fashion, stripes and zig-zags have never been entirely abandoned, yet it is not until now that we have seen their full resurgence in the interior space.

With the muted elegance of contemporary design, geometric patterns can be introduced in numerous ways. Whether a vibrant wall paper, or simply reflected through the lines of your furniture, geometrics are a trend that has been developed to be as audacious or understated as you choose.

rupert side table in living room with geometric style rug

For those who are looking to make a statement geometrics are a stunning when in colour, easily represented room to room through accessories like throw rugs and wall art. Simple black and white, or embossed patterns are an effective middle ground as they are easier to tailor, whilst still being striking.

As with brass, a small amount can still have a large effect, so choose a small selection of accent pieces to avoid overwhelming the space. However if you are confident be bold as you like!

One of our favourite ways to use geometrics is through the structure of furniture. Whether it is a simple hint of geometrics as seen in the basic crosses of the Augustine collection, or the intricate patterns of the Pentagon Coffee Table above, this refined technique creates the impression of space and adds a playful embellishment to the room.

Breaking up the sea of neutrality that often occurs when styling the home for general appeal, geometrics are a beautiful way to have fun with your decor. A creative point of interest, geometrics are a simple and effective way to instil personality and panache into your home.


Feeling inspired? Check out our Autumn collection which is full of brass, artisan and products!

Leather Sofas vs. Fabric Sofas

When shopping for a new sofa, the first question many people wonder is whether to choose leather or fabric.

The sofa is such an integral part of our home life, the place where we relax after a long day’s work or where we gather in the evenings to entertain guests. So it makes sense that we spend some time weighing the positives and negatives of leather and fabric sofas.

A sofa is a great investment; a good quality couch will last you for years, so it’s important that you choose one that is suited to your home and your lifestyle.

Find out the pros and cons of leather vs fabric sofas with this helpful guide and figure out which option will suit your living room best.

 

Fabric Sofas

Fabric sofas create an inviting atmosphere. They come in a huge range of colours and patterns, which makes it easy for you to find one that suits your interior décor.

When choosing a fabric sofa, you need to consider how much time you will want to spend on maintenance and cleaning. It’s also good to spare a thought for the durability of the sofa.

It is recommended you spend a little extra on a fabric sofa to ensure it has a strong frame and high-quality fabric. This will ensure your sofa will last and look better for longer.

 

 

When it comes to cleaning your sofa, fabric sofas may need more cleaning than leather sofas, but they are easy to maintain. You can use simple soap and water to clean or purchase upholstery cleaner from the supermarket for a more rigorous clean.

You can also guard fabric sofas against stains using a stain protector spray. Steam cleaning yearly can also ensure it lasts longer.

 

 

Pets and children will have an effect on the life expectancy of your sofa. Expect a good dose of staining with little children around, while pet hair may require a vigorous vacuum to lift. Cats may be the worst enemy of fabric sofas; if untrained, their claws can loose threads and quickly shred your couch.

Allergens, like pet dander and dust, can also collect in the fabric of your sofa, so cleaning is particularly important if you have allergies.

How to Style Your Fabric Sofa

Patterned sofas can go out of fashion, so a single colour sofa coupled with colourful and patterned cushions will make rejigging your décor easier.

Discover more about selecting and arranging sofa cushions and start bringing your living room to life!

Leather Sofas

 

Leather sofas are durable and can often last longer than your average fabric sofa. A quality leather sofa will keep their shape and looks for years to come.

With a leather sofa, you won’t have to worry about messy kids or clumsy adults. Cleaning leather is simple, with a quick wipe and a little dusting.

Lighter leather sofas are less stain resistant but still easier to clean than a white fabric sofa. However, you will still need to practice some occasional maintenance to keep it looking fabulous. You will need to regularly moisturise the leather to keep it soft and in good nick.

 

 

Leather sofas are hypoallergenic. However, even though leather sofas won’t hold on to pet dander and hair, leather sofas are not recommended for owners of unruly pets. Scratches from boisterous dogs and cats will be difficult to fix.

If your dog is well-trained and isn’t one to jump on the sofa, a leather sofa can be a good option for dog owners.

Are Leather Sofas Cold in Winter?

A common query is whether leather sofas are cold or warmer to sit in than fabric couches. The answer isn’t easy to provide. A leather sofa will reflect the room temperature or your body temperature.

On a cold day, a leather sofa can be cold to the touch, but under a warm throw blanket it will warm up to a comfortable temperature.

On a hot day, with no air conditioning, your leather sofa might heat up, causing you to sweat and stick to the leather. But if your house is climate-controlled you will find yourself perfectly comfortable.

How to Style a Leather Sofa to Your Room

Leather comes in all sorts of colours these days, but a neutral leather palette will go with most decors. A leather sofa offers elegance and sophistication to a living room. In fact, it’s a sleek and chic addition to any room, whether it’s your bedroom, your dining room, or your lounge room.

In the end, the right decision depends on you, your household and your lifestyle. Brosa has a huge range of sofas available in vibrant fabric and luxurious leather. Browse our impressive designer furniture range online at Brosa today.