Monsoons have arrived, and oh what a respite from the rising mercury! It is the advent of the season that calls for sipping a hot cup of Chai and admiring nature’s beauty. Decades ago, how our parents celebrated monsoon was much different from the millennial generation’s monsoons. They were far more connected with nature, explored every season by welcoming it whole-heartedly. Comparing present day to yesteryears only brings a sense of insecurity; insecurity if the natural heritage and rich legacy will live for our future generations to witness.
They say, it is hard to assess nature’s gifts in monetary terms. The world today is bestowed with ample quantities of water and clean air which is often the reason why it is taken for granted, at least until it becomes scarce. Conversely, we also like the ease with which we live in a fossil-fueled economy, but little do people know – it won’t last. Environmentalists are heading north-south and east-west with the aim of bringing forth this natural world agenda to the common man.
While we still continue to run the rat race,World Environment Day(WED) 2017 for 5th June, has touched upon a need of the hour theme – ‘Connect with Nature’. In this age of smart phones and among the various distractions of modern life, the connection with nature is ephemeral. WED strives to make this message clearer than ever before: balance and harmony is vital to both humanity as well as nature so that both are able to thrive.
With more than 90% of one’s time being spent indoors, we are living in the cocooned urban jungle of homes, workplaces and schools. An evident disconnect with nature and natural surroundings, is where this practice of Wabi-Sabi came into being.Wabi-Sabi, a home-grown Japanese interior design tradition makes its presence felt in the era of urban landscapes. The tradition avers as a state of mind, a way of being at harmony with yourself and your surroundings. According to Wabi-Sabi, to re-establish connection and maintain a bond with the natural world, you should maximize use of materials, objects, textures, patterns and hues in your lifestyle. Wabi-Sabi has several elements, and it is difficult to have each of them incorporated in your living space, but a hue might be one step ahead.
Since the interior design style is all about simplicity and appreciation of natural objects and processes, Wabi-Sabi takes its hue cue from nature itself. The Japanese tradition enlightens us by informing that bright hues tire the eye, which in turn fatigues both body and soul. The hues used in thisinterior designstyle are earthy tones and neutrals, allowing our eyes to relax. Nature, as one is aware, uses multidimensional swatches of hues that may not be evident to the naked eye. Wabi-Sabi interior design believes that by incorporating these earthy hues in your living space, recognition and observation of colours will become clearer.
The fundamental colours of Wabi-Sabi design are the natural hues. To ascertain and affirm if a particular hue is among Wabi-Sabi colours, bring it into the open or a garden and if it blends in, then the choice of hue is taking you the Wabi-Sabi way. The thing to remember about Wabi-Sabi is that it is the imperfection that makes this style so significant. Soft and light neutrals, and brown, can pair with any colour in nature: a gamut of greens and earthy tones, bring the Wabi-Sabi world to life. It is the force to slow you down in the never-ending rat race and appreciate your surroundings, perhaps enjoy your company even more.
Then again, it is the combined effect of colours and unmatched aesthetics of interiors that enlivens the environs, uplifts one’s mood and reinvents décor, leading to overall wellbeing. Discover the Wabi-Sabi theme range of interior glasses withSGG Planilaque, a lacquered glass range from Saint-Gobain Inspire that uses interplay of colours and rich glass finish to create aesthetically fabulous interiors. SGG Planilaque adds stellar value to interior spaces and can be used in wall panelling, wall cladding, doors, partitions, furniture, headboards, staircases, etc.
#GreenteriorsWithInspire Tip 1: Much spoken for its calming significance. Green would be an ideal choice for foyer by giving seamless transition from outdoors to interior space.
#GreenteriorsWithInspire Tip 2: Similar to green, brown is an earthy hue which connects to tranquillity of nature. Brown is apt for inciting conversation in an office/school’s group discussion room or in a family living space.