Caroline Foran and Jo Linehan, of GAFF Interiors, inspire us to take our home-styling cues from further afield this spring as Eastern-inspired interiors take over our Insta feeds.
Now that we are well and truly over the explosion of hygge, the Nordic influence on our homes is giving way this year to an entirely new region – and all things Japanese. One of the most exciting interior trends this season is inspired by the discerning designs of Asia’s pared-back approach to home. We’ll be seeing a surge in wabi-sabi, the ancient Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection. In other words, think worn out woods, natural materials, misshapen ceramics, zig-zag-shaped shelves and oxidised colours. Karen McCartney, author of Perfect Imperfect and wabi-sabi expert, explains that the principle is less about consumerism and more about having an emotional connection to your surroundings. “For me, the things I buy have to have a soul and an added something that makes me fall for them. Flea-markets are an endless source of inspiration."
The Principle in Practice:
For the GAFF girls, it’s all about a relaxed approach to living. Mix your favourite pieces with some new items to freshen up your home. The Japanese value quality over quantity, so super soft linens, silks and cottons are key. In addition, move away from the gold and copper accessories that have been so prominent in the past few years. This trend looks to silver and bronze fixtures instead. Finally, think cool colour palettes for an injection of freshness and when it comes to clutter, clear it out. Minimalism is the one home trend that never goes out of fashion in team GAFF’s books.
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Images taken from Perfect Imperfect by Karen McCartney (Murdoch Books), RRP €34. Photography by Sharyn Cairns.