6 Wellness Trends For Your Home
Here is a list of some design trends from around the world that are growing in popularity.
The KonMari Method
The 72-Hour Cabin
Wabi-Sabi – The Design Trend of 2018?
This Japanese concept is the exact opposite of the Western aesthetics of beauty and perfection and of symmetry and a fine finish. Instead, wabi-sabi celebrates the imperfections of nature which is beautiful with all its flaws. Make your home beautiful using materials that are distinctive, handmade, worn and showing their age. You could use old family furniture and thrift store knick-knacks to decorate your living room. Look for items that have imperfect glazes and sometimes flaws that are deliberate. Wabi-sabi always has curved lines, crooked, or irregular. This phrase correctly describes the traditional aesthetic sensibility of the Japanese. Life and art are not beautiful because they are perfect and eternal, but for the opposite reason – they are imperfect and fleeting. Here is a little history of the words wabi-sabi. During the 14th century, wabi began to represent the positive aspects of living alone in nature, symbolized by quiet, rustic simplicity. Sabi took on the positive meaning of old age meaning beauty, serenity that often comes in time and in a weathered character, and the normal wear and tear of an item resulting in a patina and scars are that simply signs of experience. The cause of these two words changing into a more positive meaning was Buddhism. Wabi-sabi came about as a reaction to the extravagant perfection of Chinese art and culture which had given birth to Japanese high culture. Japan claimed its own unique aesthetic. The signs of wabi-sabi are omnipresent and blend in so that one hardly notices them. Some examples are the pottery used to drink tea or sake, in the weathered wood of Kyoto’s temples, in the Japanese gardens where petals cover the ground, and in the faces of elderly people. Today, many people have an appreciation for natural materials and organic processes.
Hygge – The Danish Art of Cosiness
Hygge lights up the Danish soul. It creates a warm atmosphere and promotes enjoying the good things in life with good people. When you are sitting around with friends and family, discussing things in life, both big and small, you have exemplified the meaning of hygge. Cuddling with a loved one watching a movie, and the warm glow of candlelight are also examples of hygge. All these activities bring us comfort and joy and celebrate the values of home, family, and togetherness. You can achieve this by turning off all your digital distractions and focus on the people you are with. An example of a design in your home that is hygge are faux animal furs that are draped on chairs or couches. The Danes are considered to be the happiest people in the world and believe you can find hygge almost anywhere if you know how to look for it.
Cwtch – A Welsh Word Meaning “To Cuddle”
This is similar to hygge in design style. Think comfy couches, throws, pillows and fireplaces which give you a warm vibe. When you walk into a home that feels warm and welcoming, that is cwtch (rhymes with “butch”). This style touches your emotions and creates a warm state of mind. How can you achieve this style in your home? Use materials that have soft textures such as cashmere or faux fur blankets and throws. You want to use items that are soft and comforting. If you have a fireplace in your home, that also will create a soothing warmth. Or, you could burn some candles with your preferred scents. Use softer light bulbs or add dimmers to your light switches so the lighting creates a warm atmosphere. Find some inspiring messages that tap into your emotions, frame them, and keep them where you will often see them. Display photos of those you love and keep them in places where they are easily visible every day.
The KonMari Method – Sparking Joy
The main question this method asks is, “Does this item spark joy?” The answer to that question would lead the way to a life that is filled only with the items that are cherished. The goal of this method is to inspire people to choose joy by tidying up their life and, thus, transforming their space. Items are acknowledged for their service and thanked before letting go of them. This method places great importance on being introspective, optimistic, and mindful.
The 72-Hour Cabin – The Swedish Lifestyle
The 72-Hour Cabin Project promotes a room or space of your own, tranquility, and all distractions including your devices turned off. In 2017, there was a study done on five subjects that had incredibly demanding jobs with high stress levels. After participating in this project, they had their heart rate and other indications of well-being studied. Participants found a 70 percent decrease in their stress levels after 72 hours.This project is based on the key components of the Swedish lifestyle – solitude, swimming and fishing, and contemplating nature from a glass-walled cabin in the wilderness. You can help your home become more tranquil by having large windows that face nature views, reading instead of web surfing and watching television, turning off your devices, exercise and self-care. There has been a definite increase in she-sheds, outbuildings, tiny houses, and artist studios in backyards across the country.
Lagom – The Swedish Lifestyle
Lagom focuses on the Swedish idea of “just right”. It focuses on what you need rather than what you want and knowing when you have enough. Buy only the items you need to live since scientists have found a connection between acquisition and unhappiness. Swedes are proponents of quality of life over material accumulation. They are present in the moment rather than becoming obsessed with what to buy or do next. So place time with your family as your priority. Decluttering is part of lagom as is connecting with nature. You can do this by bringing plants inside your home or look through your windows and connect to those around you everyday.
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