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?

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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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Freshen up your home for summer!

Freshen up your home for summer!

The warm weather has started and summer is upon us, so why not give your home a refresh for the upcoming summer months!

Brighten up

Adding bright colours to your home will instantly put you into a summery mood. Swap your current cushions and home accessories for something more colourful. Hanging up vibrant art work will help to brighten up your home, as will using floral and leafy patterns. Make your home even brighter by strategically placing mirrors around your home, which creates the illusion of a more open space.

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Bring the outside inside

A great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Greenery in your home not only looks nice, it helps to improve your wellbeing. Read our previous blog for loads of indoor garden tips. If you don’t fancy having real plants indoors, opt for fake ones or decorate with floral patterned accessories.

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Garden makeover

Summer is the perfect time to get out in your garden or balcony. If you haven’t grown your garden already, you can buy potted plants and flowers to scatter around your garden or hang off your balcony. If you have grass areas, now is the time to make sure they are neat and mowed, as you’ll be wanting to sit outside more in the warm weather! Create a relaxing outdoor space with seating, and hang up fairy lights to create the perfect mood for evenings outside.

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Defrost and a clear-out your freezer ready for more delicious summer treats. Stock up on summer necessities including sunscreen and after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Be ready for spontaneous days out by keeping picnic blankets, beach towels and sports equipment/games in your storage cupboards. Summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

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Top summer 2017 decor trends

Bright green was named the colour of 2017, and its the perfect colour for summer! Butterfly prints are also a big thing this summer, so get in on the trend by purchasing some butterfly print accessories for your home. Along with butterflies, any kind of tropical prints are a must have this season. Don’t be afraid to mix clashing prints either, its one of the top looks of the year! Rose gold was the big thing of last year, but this year its all about bronze.

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And when you’ve done all this hard work, why not treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party in your newly refreshed home!

Give your home a spring update!

Give your home a spring update!

Refreshing your home for spring doesn’t have to mean spending loads of money, and realistically nobody repaints their home for every season. With just a few cheap and simple updates, you can say goodbye to the cold, dark winter months, and welcome spring into your home!

Texture trends

If you’re looking to buy new accessories to update your home for the new season, then try copper, marble and acrylic, the biggest trends this spring. Copper adds a warm but modern touch, while marble offers a sleek feel, and acrylic makes your space feel bigger and fresher.

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Colour palette

Spring is all about pastels and bright colours to mimic the lighter days and flourishing new plants and flowers. Lavender and mint  fit with the pastel trend without being too sickly, and if you prefer more subtle colours go for creamy neutrals. Yellows and greens are also perfect for spring.

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Lighter fabrics

Switch out your thick bedding, throws and curtains for less heavy fabrics to help let the light in, and opt for soft, lighter colours to give a fresh feel and open up your space. You can still use throws to create a cosy feel, but choose ones with more vibrant prints.

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Nature

Spring is the time of year when new life is beginning, so bring this idea into your home with lots of greenery and fresh flowers. If buying new furniture pieces, go for wood and earthy textures. Choose house plants that are easy to maintain such as the snake plant of rubber plant. If you don’t want real flowers and plants, decorate with accessories in floral and leafy patterns.

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Fresh scents

Don’t just think about the visual aspects, scents can play an important role when giving your home a spring update. Having house plants and flowers will create natural scents in your home, but to give them a boost try placing reed diffusers in floral and citrus scents around your home.

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Hygge

The latest home interiors trend is hygge (hue-gah) which is a Danish word which went applied in the context of your home means to ‘decorate cosy, live simply’. Whatever makes you feel cosy, whether its cushions and throws or strings of fairy lights, add these to your home along with a more simple approach to home decor to avoid clutter and create a calming environment.

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Decorating on a budget!

Decorating on a budget!

Decorating your home is one of those tasks that often gets left behind and forgotten due to other priorities demanding your attention, and money! But it IS possible to decorate your home on a budget, just read our list of tips!Decor4

You don’t have to buy all the most expensive decorations; look through second-hand shops, vintage stores and independent boutiques for cheaper and unique items. High street budget stores have also started to do much more stylish and better quality home decor, such as Primark, Wilko and Home Bargains. You can also find new furniture cheap at scrapyards and give them a makeover, or even auction houses.

If you’re just wanting to give your home an upgrade, there’s no need to be buying big, expensive pieces of furniture. Update your home with accessories such as cushions, throws and rugs which are much cheaper. And if you’re furniture is in a good condition but you’re just a little bored of it, give it a revamp with some paint or new upholsteryDecor5! Upcycling old items and repurposing furniture is a great way to make use of something old to decorate your home.

Some decorating can even be done for free! Take a look at what you already have and see if anything can be changed around; simply rearranging things in a room can give it a new lease of life! Also try going through all your old stuff, you never know what you might find in the depths of your storage that can be brought back out. And instead of keeping your belongings hidden behind cupboards, have them out on display as decorations; you could do this with mugs, books or pretty perfume bottles.

Decor3Getting creative can also be a great way to decorate your home on a budget. Instead of buying pictures or artwork to hang up, cut eye-catching pictures out of magazines and put them up using colour Washi tape (a great idea for not leaving marks in a rental home). Personal touches in your home are the best kind; print a load of photos of family and friends and create a collage with them. Use your imagination and pretty much anything can be turned into decor; used jam jars, cereal boxes, wooden crates, the list is endless! Try using nature as well; we’re not saying go steal flowers from someones garden, but pick up things such as shells from the beach, fallen leaves and branches, flowers, acorns and pine cones, which can make great decorations for your home.

If you do have a bit of money to spend, there are budget-friendly items you can buy to decorate your home. Mirrors create dimension in your home as well as acting as a decoration and making your space look even bigger. Big, patterned wall canvases are a great affordable way to brighten up your walls, especially living in a rented home. Try switching out your lamp shade Decor2covers to something a little brighter, and hang up strings of fairy lights for a warmer, more romantic feel. Buying potted plants for your home is also a great idea as they are cheap, add life to your home, and are even good for your health as they purify the air and make us feel happier!

Update your home for summer!

Update your home for summer!

Now summer has officially begun, it’s time to sort out and revamp your home to get rid of your winter wears, and make your home lighter and brighter for the (hopefully) warmer months.Summer home1

#1 Add pops of colour to your home – bright colours will instantly but you into a summery mood, so whether its colourful cushions or bright accessories, refresh your home décor with a few pops of colour.

#2 Add indoor plants – a great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Read our previous blog for loads of green tips.

#3 Give your garden a makeover – summer is the perfect time to get out in the garden; plant loads of flowers and even summer vegetables to create a vibrant garden, and weed and mow the lawns to get it looking extra neat.

#4 Summer crafts – creating some colourful crafts has two benefits; you can brighten up yoSummer home7ur home on a budget and it’s a great project for your children over the school holidays.

#5 Mood lighting – if the weather holds up, you’ll be spending lots more time in your garden, and putting up some pretty fairy lights will create a lovely relaxed vibe in your garden, so you can stay there all evening and enjoy your refreshed garden.

#6 Have a clear-out and deep clean – if you didn’t do this in spring, do it now! You’ll feel so much better when you’ve de-cluttered and cleaned your house, which will create much more space. And make sure to pack away all your winter things to make room for summer.

#7 Complete a DIY/décor project – in winter you often don’t feel like doing much, so now put your more energetic summer mood to good use and get on and finish that home project you’ve been meaning to do!

#8 Switch to lightweight – change your duvet to a lighter one to keep cool at night, and let more of the natural summer light in with thinner curtains.Summer home3

#9 Add mirrors – create even more light in your home by hanging mirrors, which will not only bounce light around the room to create a brighter space, but will actually make your rooms look more open and spacious!

#10 Hang wall art – a really simple way to add some colour to your room is to hang up some vibrant, unique wall art; it doesn’t have to be fancy, many high street shops do budget-friendly canvases.

#11 Create the perfect outdoor entertaining space – update or buy new outdoor seating and make it super comfy with light blankets and cushions for evening, and don’t forget about that mood lighting! Locate the space near to your house for easy access whilst entertaining.

#12 Sort out your freezer – you’ll be using it more in the summer months, so empty it out and give Summer home6it a defrost and a clear-out, ready for more delicious summer treats.

#13 Stock up on summer essentials – keep your medicine cabinet stocked with sunscreen, after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Keep your airing cupboard filled with picnic blankets and beach towels, and plenty of sports equipment in the shed!

#14 Deep clean your BBQ – summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

#15 And when you’ve done all this hard work, treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party!

How to decorate your rental home

How to decorate your rental home

The frustrating thing about living in a rental home is trying to decorate without losing your deposit. But there are tips and tricks you can use in your home to brighten it up and make it your own, without annoying your landlord!

TRental decor3he key is to add colour! Rentals always come with plain white or cream walls, and in most you won’t be allowed to paint. So add colour in other ways: artwork, pictures, Rental decor1plants, tea towels, bed sheets, anything you can! Just don’t go too overboard. Use coloured furniture as well, such as a statement chair or bed frame, and if you don’t want to buy new things, just paint what you already have!

Displaying you belongings in open storage adds personality and gives a rental a more lived in fRental decor10eel, and it means things are easier to access! You can even do this with clothes using a rack (especially if you don’t have a closet). Another thing that makes a renRental decor11tal feel more homely is adding texture such as throws, cushions and rugs. Rugs can also help to cover up ugly flooring. Accessorizing without cluttering is essential; put trinkets and pictures around your home to make it feel like your own space, and use focal pieces such as statement furniture or a bar cart to really add something unique.

Rentals often come with awful blinds or none at all, so invest in a good pair of curtains that add colour and texture without making a mark. Quirky light fixtureRental decor6s are a great idea to change up a rental, as is changing the hardware such as cabinet handles and door knobs; just make sure you keep the old ones to switch over before you leave! Pay attention to the little things; use fun magnets on your fridge and colourful Washi tape to display photos. Rental decor5Rental decor7

There are now loads of great products specifically to help renters with these problems. You can buy removable wallpaper, tiles and contact paper to make your home more lively, and you’ll still get your deposit back. If this isn’t for you, you can wallpaper the inside of an open cabinet to add colour. Command hooks are also a genius invrental decor4ention that let you hang up pictures, jewellery and mirrors without drilling holes. Or alternatively, just rest pictures or artwork on top of a cabinet against a wall.

We spoke about the benefits of plants in a previous blog, and they help here too by adding life to your home. Display them in Rental decor2unique ways in quirky vases, old light bulbs or chandeliers (like here). There’s not just the décor of a rental that needs help, but sometimes the smell as well; use candles and incense so your home always smells delicious. You can even choose a rental home that already has character; a lot of old houses have beautiful quirky features such as old fireplaces, stained glass and exposed brickwork.

De-stress your home

De-stress your home

There are many things in life that can cause you stress, but your home shouldn’t be one of them! So for National Stress Awareness Month, we give you our top tips on how to make your home stress free.

Organisation

A cluttered home is bound to make you feel stressed; just a bit of organisation in your life will clear both your home and mind.drawers-divided-underwear-ictcrop_gal

  • Use baskets for everything! Just chuck your stuff in; they’re the easiest way to organise your belongings and keep them out of the way
  • Another way to use baskets is to have two placed on your counter- one for items that require immediate attention, and the other for lower priority tasks
  • Draw dividers are a life saver; you can either buy them or make your own from shoe boxes
  • No need to go out and buy fancy containers, used cleaned out jam jars as cute bathroom organisersorganize-your-cords_thumb5-380x214
  • Place catch all dishes around your home for small things like earrings, hair grips and keys so they don’t end up cluttering every surface (and getting lost)
  • Keep your bed sheet sets together by folding everything into just one of the pillowcases
  • Does having wires and cords everywhere do your head in? Decorate loo rolls for a cheap way to keep them all together
  • Every girl knows that bobby pins disappear like magic, use a magnetic strip and never lose them again!beauty organising
  • Need a way to store your scarves or ties? Attach plastic shower hooks to a clothes hanger and you’ve got a makeshift tie/scarf rack!
  • Use plastic bathroom/makeup and desk organisers, shower caddies, over-the-door shoe racks. You can make these items multitask too: use a shoe rack for cleaning or beauty products (don’t mix these up!), put a plastic desk organiser in your fridge to keep your food organised, the list is endless

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Having a small home can be stressful as it feels like you don’t have room for everything; these small but super clever space saving tricks will help utilise your space better, and reduce clutter and stress.

  • Opt for multi-purpose furniture with hidden storage such as beds with drawers underneath and hollow ottomans
  • Fold up furniture is also great- you can buy fold up clothes drying racks and even fold up tables that attach to your wallPull out cabinet
  • Don’t have enough room for a coffee table? Buy or make a skinny coffee table to go behind your sofa or a wooden couch arm wrap
  • Some smaller apartments don’t come with a proper dining area, create your own with a slim console dining table pushed against the back of your sofa
  • Have any narrow spaces in your kitchen? A thin pull-out cabinet creates extra storage and utilise any awkward spaces
  • Utilise unused spaces with corner and ceiling shelves which provide extra storage but don’t take up any roomCharging station
  • Does your bathroom not have a cabinet or shelves? By an over-the-tap shelf for all your bathroom essentials
  • Transform a letter shelf into a charging station to keep all your chargers out of the way
  • Buying a shower curtain with pockets means you won’t have loads of bottles around your bath!

Décor

The way you decorate your home can have a big impact on your mood; use calming items and colours to create a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Indoor plants bring nature into your home, purify the air and generally look nice
  • Mood lighting such as dimmer switches and fairy lights creates a relaxed vibetrinkets
  • Make your home super cosy with cushions, rugs and blankets
  • Decorate your home with nature-inspired pieces such as wood and natural textures
  • Put up art work, photos and meaningful trinkets to add personality and make you feel happy
  • Crystals and geodes are said to have a calming effect, even if they don’t, they make your home look pretty
  • Ensure your home is clutter free! Decorations are great but don’t go over boardfairy lights
  • Let in plenty of natural light wherever possible
  • Create a heavenly, relaxing scent in your home with essential oil diffusers
  • The colour of your walls has a huge impact on the way you feel, the best colours for each room are: blue for bedrooms is calming, an earthy coloured bathroom promotes nature, green for your lounge is refreshing, paint a study purple to inspire creativity, then yellow for your kitchen/diner to create a happy and sunny atmosphere