Let’s take a closer look at Lagom, a decoration trend that Scandinavian design connoisseurs have added to the decoration literature.
The reflection of the Danes’ ability to enjoy at home is the reflection of the Hygge movement, while the warm and friendly fictions, soft textiles and inviting arrangements created in the cocoons of life, today the Swedish lifestyle Lagom understanding replaces Hygge.
Lagom means “neither less, not more, just right” in Swedish. It follows a simple lifestyle for a sustainable and ethical life. Swedes argue that the way to create the perfect balance in living spaces is through simple and aesthetic decoration solutions. In this trend, which we can also call the new Scandinavian minimalism, an order free of excesses and simplified choices prevail.
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Related books explain the Swedish act of simplifying our lives underlying concepts very successfully: “We think that the more we fill our surroundings, our house, our bag, our schedule, our day, our wardrobe, our wallet, in short, our whole life, the more satisfaction and consequently we will be happy. Actually, what we do while creating the crowd is to destroy ourselves. Because human can only create himself in space. When it decreases, it becomes more numerous, the simpler it becomes, the more it becomes free and even more visible.“
What Is Lagom’s Difference From Hygge?
While Hygge means relaxing and pampering yourself with the delightful decoration you will create at home after a stressful day, Lagom does not cover a limited time period like Hygge, it appears as a lifestyle. According to the Lagom understanding, harmony and balance are essential in life. We must escape from extremes and open the doors of a simple life. While Hygge focuses on feelings, Lagom puts functions at its center.
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A timeless style and a monochrome color palette are among the decoration reflections of Lagom. The houses of the Swedes, who carry nature to the center of their life and pursue a harmony with the environment with a sustainable approach, are dominated by bamboo, wood, wicker surfaces, linen textures, soil and mineral tones, according. Designs shaped by organic forms create a feeling of lightness in spacious and bright spaces.
Naturalistic Balance: Less Is More
Lagom takes Mies Van der Rohe’s word “less is more” and emphasizes leaving gaps in the space and getting rid of unnecessary furniture and accessories. “Less is more”, which has become the motto of minimalism, is enough to describe Lagom’s decoration algorithm. What do you need to think again? A comfortable sitting unit, a bookcase, a coffee table, a variety of green plants of course, maybe a carpet, lighting, but that’s all. Make sustainable choices that you can use for many years.