Wabi- Sabi

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I believe sometimes that when people consider the work of color consultants, they assume that only the use of bright colors are bestowed in achieving beauty. That to some, color is only regarded as bright and saturated. Not the case. As I have previously stated, everyone has his or her own personal color preferences. And to my eye, the faded, muted colors inherent in wabi-sabi are exquisite.

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The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi implies impermanence and imperfection, simplicity and modesty and quietude. It reveals to us what only the beauty of the passage of time can create. Think moss,

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rust,

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and patinas.

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This notion is echoed in one of my favorite books, Elements of Garden Design , by Joe Eck. “…in a culture that, while frequently acknowledging the virtues and joys of youth, seems to have forgotten that beauty also attends old age, gardens offer testimony to the repose, order and serenity that age alone can bring."

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If you haven’t seen The King’s Speech, by all means go see it! Not for the extraordinary story, the stupendous acting, the poignant scenes, the uplifting music, the gorgeous costumes-but for the beautiful wall behind the sofa in the speech therapist’s office!

It reveals layers of wallpaper from eras passed, creating a collage that parallels the understated beauty of tree bark. And although most people would not want this as a backdrop to their sofa, it is still beautiful in its own right.

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So take a look around. Start appreciating where time has left its beautiful mark in some places,

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and what needs a new coat of paint in others. It's up to you to decide.

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