The Subtle Art of Room Decor

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Sanjida Tamanna

Have you ever thought about wabi-sabi in your home? It is a Japanese abstract method of finding beauty and peace in imperfection, where wabi stands for living with simplicity, and sabi stands for the ability to accept the imperfection. This philosophy teaches us to see our known world in a whole different way by accepting the imperfect and being pleased with impermanence and incompleteness.

If we consider applying this subtle art of living in decorating our place of living, how will we do it and what will the outcome be, especially in Bangladeshi culture? 


Resorting to Minimalism

Minimalism is not having less, rather achieving more from less. In our culture, we normally tend to have more than what we can afford, which is a widely acknowledged source of most of our unhappiness and stress. Having less than what you can afford is the art of minimalism, so ask yourself “why”, before you buy.

You have probably never thought that you could actually furnish your room elegantly with the furniture you already have. Just by making some free space by throwing out unnecessary stuff, you can bring serenity and extra room to breathe in your cave. Keeping it simple should be in our minds when we redecorate to follow the concept of wabi-sabi.


Stay connected with nature

Being connected with nature is one of the important sources of wabi-sabi. Making sure of some natural elements’ presence in your room is crucial.

Natural light will make you feel alive. So, make sure to have enough light in your room. Try not to block sources of natural light with furniture.

You can add wind chimes on your window or on the balcony, and it will give you a beautiful melody which will add harmony to your room naturally.

Also, adding green indoor plants to your room will connect you with nature, but keep it minimal to avoid blocking space.

Your room should smell hygienic and welcoming. Make sure you keep your room clean and tidy all the time. Dusting and wiping are real basic cleaning processes which should take place every day. For improving the air of your room, you can add scented candles and natural sources of aromas like lavender-scented satchels and cinnamon sticks.


Warm it up with colour

Decorate your room through subtle DIY projects. You can add some colour with some paper origami and crafts — try to highlight your own space in your room. You can also go for wall art, but don’t overcrowd the space.

Try using cool tone colours for your bed sheets and match them with your curtains — it will help relax your eyes and make your room feel bigger as well. Adding small cushions also makes your room cozy.

Try something new, like mason jars and glasses for decoration. Adding candles can give your room a light and shadowy atmosphere, too.



  • Windows recharge the soul by providing natural energy. If you are a bed-loving person, position the bed near the window, and if you like to work on the table, position your table close to the window.
  • Don’t forget to seek help from professional interior designers, as they are experts in this field and will help you get the best results. 
  • As wabi-sabi is a budget-friendly way of decoration, make sure to skip excessive costs by reusing and recycling. Letting your designer know about your wabi-sabi concept will definitely help you redecorate your room. 
  • Remember, your room should reflect who you are. Going minimalistic helps you create your own space with natural sources.


Sanjida Tamanna is struggling to be a perfectionist like Monica Geller with her OCD symptoms. Send her cures at [email protected]

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