Here's the lowdown on the new Swedish buzzword for 2017
We don't know about you, but we fully embraced the Danish concept of Hygge before and during Christmas. There was nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa with a collection of blankets and cushions, complete with mug of hot chocolate and a couple of films on the TV. But the start of a new year is often the time for re-addressing the balance, making new resolutions and starting afresh, and there's a new buzzword that has caught our attention – Lagom. This Swedish philosophy means 'just the right amount', and is all about a lifestyle that is balanced, with everything in moderation. Thinking about how to live a more sustainable life and considering things like recyling, energy efficiency, controlling spending habits and healthier living is key to Lagom, and they are aspects of life that you can continue to work on and improve, rather than just being short term goals. When it comes to interiors there are many ways to incorporate a sense of Lagom into your home and lifestyle, and here are just a few:
1. Take the time to carefully consider purchases in the home, especially when it comes to larger items such as furniture and appliances. Think about investing in simple, quality furniture that will last a lifetime rather than trend-led, disposable pieces, and keep in mind more natural and sustainable materials.
2. Add a sense of life and movement around the house with greenery. You could take this a bit further and try growing your own herbs on a kitchen windowsill to use in your cooking.
3. Simple steps like recyling plastics, paper and glass and swapping out bulbs for energy efficient LED ones all contribute to a home that is more eco-friendly and less wasteful.
4. Keep your home clutter free. Having a sort out not only gets rid of bits and bobs that are not being used, but a tidy home can also work wonders for your general mindset and help you feel more organised and ready to tackle each day. Investing in things like baskets, sideboards and drawers can keep the things clear while also looking stylish.
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Signature, Chalked Pine, Offset Stripe Border in Pearl Wash Wood and Chalked Pine flooring, from £70 per sq. m, Amtico
Oak daybed, around £1,100; Light grey fabric sofa, around £930; Black and brass metal floor lamp, around £212; White glass and brass lamp, around £145, all Hubsch
Upholstered Avery bar stool, from £995, Pinch
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