The Home Trends: Hygge vs Lagom

The Home Trends: Hygge vs Lagom

Last year was all about the Hygge trend in our homes, a word borrowed from the Danish meaning to create a home that is all about comfort and cosiness. This word gained a cult following in the home decor world last year, as lets face it, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by fairy lights, cushions and blankets?

But for 2017, a new trend has landed. This time from Sweden. The Lagom trend can apply to everything from our homes to fashion to our overall lifestyle. Whilst Hygge was focused on maximum comfort, Lagom is about being ‘just enough’; not too much and not too little. So which trend will you choose? Or can both be combined together to create the perfect no-fuss yet cosy home?

Hygge

Everyone went crazy for Hygge last year, especially in the autumn and winter months where warmth and cosiness are our top priority. For those who don’t know, Hygge is a Danish word meaning a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that creates a feeling of contentment. Basically in terms of your home, this means creating a warm and cosy atmosphere that promotes togetherness, relaxation and happiness. This trend is all about indulgence, something we are often told to avoid. However in terms of your home, indulging in a warm and cosy place can never be too much in this trend.

 

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Key home features:

  • Candles and fairy lights
  • Relaxed lighting
  • Plenty of blankets and cushions
  • Rugs and wall canvases
  • Natural and soft textures
  • Warm and neutral colour schemes
  • Soothing scents and sounds
  • Large seating areas to create togetherness
  • Indoor plants to promote wellbeing

 

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Lagom

Lagom is the new buzz word in home decor; a Swedish word roughly translating as ‘just enough, not too much and not too little’. Whilst taking the middle ground is often seen as a negative thing, Lagom celebrates this by encouraging us to be modest, sustainable and unfussy. In Sweden, Lagom is seen as not just a trend but a way of life; ‘enough is as good as a feast’. However, when thinking about this concept in terms of our homes, it means pared-back design, functional architecture and an uncluttered environment. Lagom is all about living a frugal yet fruitful life.

 

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Key home features:

  • Simple, no-fuss decorating
  • Neutral and cool colour schemes
  • Sustainable/recycled and raw materials
  • Inexpensive items and upcycling
  • Minimalism
  • Energy saving and self-sufficient
  • Functional and multipurpose pieces
  • Fresh greenery
  • Declutter and organisation

 

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Combination

Both trends have their pros and cons for decorating your home. Hygge is perfect for those who love to feel snug and cosy, and too much is never a bad thing. However, can the trend translate into the summer months when warmth and indulgence are far from our minds? Lagom promotes a simpler way of living, but could feel slightly cold and bare. So can the two trends be combined to create the ultimate hybrid home trend? We think so!

 

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You can still embrace Hygge in the summer; still decorate using cushions, rugs and blankets, but use lighter materials to create a fresher feel. Fairy lights and candles are still perfect in this season, whilst indoor plants can thrive all year round. Instead of focusing just on the warmth and cosiness of the trend, think what makes a content and peaceful atmosphere for you, as that is the core of the Hygge trend.

 

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Hygge and Lagom can definitely work together by taking the best parts of both concepts. Create a cosy environment with less clutter; try using just a few key cosy pieces, and make use of natural materials and neutral colours which transcend both trends. Togetherness and community are features of both, so create welcoming seating areas for family and friends to enjoy each others company. To incorporate the two ideas and make Hygge and Lagom work hand in hand, think uncluttered and pared-back cosiness with a laid back and peaceful feel.

 

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Make your home a hippie heaven

Make your home a hippie heaven

Let’s face it, deep down we would all love to live the life of a care-free hippie: The not-a-care-in-the- world attitude, relaxed vibes and floaty clothes. Yep. Sounds great. But in reality, it’s not the most practical way of life. Instead, get a little slice of your own hippie heaven wibed tapestryth our home decorating tips.

  1. Hang up beautiful, patterned tapestries around your home to bring colour and character to your rooms (tip: if your renting use command hooks to make sure you get your deposit back!)
  2. Mix and match textured and printed decorative pillows for a fun and cosy feel
  3. Channel the exotic hippie vibe by purchasing a vintage Moroccan rug
  4. Use natural fibre pieces for that down-to-earth stylemoroccan rug
  5. Cover your home with super comfy floor pillows; they’ll give you the hippie look and provide extra seating when you have guests
  6. Crystals are the perfect decorations to help you get in touch with your spiritual side
  7. Indigo-dyed fabrics are a hippie staple, they evoke feelings of calm and tranquillity
  8. Always have scented candles and incense sticks (be careful though, you don’t want to burn down your new hippie home)floor pillow
  9. Scatter indoor plants around your rooms; they look great and boost productivity
  10. Hang up fairy lights and paper lanterns to create your own hippy sanctuary of relaxation
  11. Fill shelves with unique boxes, vases and trinkets that have meaning

Independent and vintage shops, such as Yellow Sunrise in Leeds Corn Exchange, are the perfect places to help furnish your hippie haven, as well as Etsy, Amazon and Hippie Shack. Many high street shops are also getting in on the trend, try: Next, Urban OutfittersH&M Home and Wilko, depending on your budget.