Lagom: the Scandinavian home trend taking over from Hygge

Lagom

Last year you couldn’t open a home magazine or read a lifestyle blog without seeing the word Hygge but now it’s all about Lagom

Hygge: The Danish concept of ‘cosiness’ was a huge buzzword and seemed to be taking over our homes.  Media articles, blogs and even books sprung up around the concept.  There was no escaping it.  But now there’s a new concept on the block, and it’s set to be equally as popular!

Lagom: loosely translated as ‘not too little, not too much, just the right amount’, is a Swedish term based around simplicity, balance and sustainability.  Think minimalist décor with climate control, solar panels and underfloor heating.  Lagom doesn’t mean compromising on style though.  It simply means ‘there is virtue in moderation’.

From an interior design perspective, the focus is on functionality, simple style and sustainability.  Solid, well made items that are built to last.  Nothing too ostentatious or attention grabbing.  Sustainability over consumerism.

How to Lagom your home

Keep it simple and understated

Décor should be kept simple and understated.  Minimalist, clean lines and natural materials should be used where possible.  Over-fussy accessories should be avoided, as should anything that suggests indulgence or excess.

Be as sustainable as possible

A key part of lagom is being as sustainable as possible.  Renewable energy, upcycled, repurposed or sustainably sourced and made furniture, and natural materials are all central to this idea.  You could also consider growing your own vegetables or looking at other sustainable food sources.

Reduce waste around the home

Another central theme of lagom is reducing waste.  This means reducing the amount of packaging that gets thrown away, reducing your water wastage and striving to be increasingly energy efficient.   Energy efficient appliances should be installed wherever possible, your low energy light bulbs should be switched off whenever you leave a room and water-saving measures should be implemented throughout the home.

Declutter

Living this minimalist ‘not too much, not too little, just enough’ lifestyle is likely to demand a robust declutter of your home.  The concept of Lagom celebrates joy in the simplicity of life, the rejection of unnecessary consumerism and the shunning of anything excessive or ostentatious.  The idea being that living simply offers a freedom that is stifled by modern consumerism.

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