Goodbye hygge: 2017 is the year of lagom

The Swedish concept of lagom, which means "not too much, not too little", is a dream come true for the minimalist.
JANE USSHER

The Swedish concept of lagom, which means "not too much, not too little", is a dream come true for the minimalist.

In 2016 the world became obsessed with the Danish concept of hygge - the creation of a warm cosy atmosphere in the home.

However, this year the cosy days of hygge look to make way for a cool new concept emerging from Sweden.

Enter: Lagom. 

This all-purpose bathroom features low-flow tapware to save water.
PAUL MCCREDIE

This all-purpose bathroom features low-flow tapware to save water.

This new Scandinavian concept, which means: "not too much, not too little", puts a focus on moderation and sustainability and encourages its followers - who refer to themselves as lagomers - to find balance in their lives.

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Unsure of how to introducing lagom into your life? Here are some tips for creating a Scandinavian approved home. 

MODERATION, MODERATION AND MORE MODERATION

The storage solutions on this work space gives life to this creative corner.
BELINDA MERRIE

The storage solutions on this work space gives life to this creative corner.

Moderation is a key factor when styling a lagom home. Take a minimalist approach and style your home sparsely with good quality homewares.

Additionally, extend this moderation into other areas of your life. This includes reducing your water usage, power usage and food waste (switch off appliances instead of leaving them on standby and have shorter showers, for example). 

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INVEST IN SUSTAINABILITY

Start small and make simple changes, such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. Not only is this change better for the environment, but it will also reduce your power bill. Result.

Follow that up by opting for energy-efficient appliances when it comes time to replace existing ones. If you spend more up-front console yourself with savings made in power consumption.

EMBRACE UPCYCLING

Don't discard the antique chest of drawers that belonged to your grandmother just because it doesn't suit your home's colour scheme. Instead, give old furniture new life with a fresh lick of paint or by transforming it into something totally new or rehome it in a different part of your abode. 

BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

Incorporate nature into your home by adding indoor plants to your decor. From hardy succulents to hanging plants and vertical gardens, adding a touch of greenery will not only bring life into a room but is also unquestionably stylish and has proven health benefits.

 

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BECOME A STORAGE SUPERSTAR

You might not be the next Marie Kondo but take the time to declutter your home and follow this up by investing in storage solutions. This will bring organisation to your home and limit any unused goods.

 

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 - Stuff

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