Forget Hygge, it’s time to embrace Lagom, another Scandinavian way of living that can be adopted into our homes and the we way we create our interiors. As we start moving towards the Autumn season (and let’s face it the British summer is nothing to shout about currently) we begin to think of creating a more Autumn friendly decor. Let Lagom guide you.
Lagom is a Swedish word meaning just the right amount. It is widely translated at well-balanced, perfect, simple or suitable. Where some words, sufficient for example, will focus on what’s missing, the connotation around Lagom is of appropriateness, although not quite perfection.
How to Create a Lagom Home:
Well unlike Hygge, Lagom inspires us to adopt a new way of living. Rather than just a moment of cosiness, it’s about creating a well-balanced, happier, more frugal lifestyle. It’s probably something that we in Britain have been aiming for over the last few years. Less consumerism, more sutainability, less hassle, more mindfulness.
5 Lagom Inspired Decor Ideas:
- IKEA has been guiding this way of life for a little while and several bloggers have been embracing Lagom into their homes. Check out The Ana Mum Diary for her Lagom home changes.
- Buy Bamboo storage and furniture. It’s a product that grows naturally strong and very fast and requires no chemicals or irrigation to do so. (I should know , I have some that I actually can’t get rid of in my garden!)
- Create simple, effective floors with Scandi style wood imitation in 100% recyclable materials. Easy to keep clean with minimal maintenance, try a product like Gerflor Senso in White Pecan.
- Try your hand at upcycling or repurposing. Don’t waste your furniture or accessories, either upcycle them into something new and exciting or relocate your accessories into a new room and bring new life to the space.
- Bring more plants into your home. The liven up the space, add colour and vibrancy and are good for the environment and your health. Keep watering them too.
There are those that believe we shouldn’t be turning Swedish lagom into a lifestyle, and maybe they have a point. Should we aspire to the ‘just enough is good enough’ lifestyle, or should we be striving for something better. As a perfectionist I completely understand this point, and translating the attitude to my home design means I’m never quite satisfied, always pushing to push for something better.
At some point we need to be satisfied though, and if our obsession with Scandinavian interiors continues, we are bound to look for another Hygge, the next best thing, and Lagom might just be it.
I’ve put together a Pinterest board showcasing some home decor ideas that translate the lagom way of life in my eyes. Check it out and give it a follow to see more of this trend in the coming months.
What do you think? Is Lagom the next big Hygge trend? Let me know what you think in the comments below.