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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How to be more environmentally friendly AND save money!

How to be more environmentally friendly AND save money!

Being environmentally friendly isn’t usually a top priority for most people, but World Environment Day is helping to put it at the forefront of our minds, and reminding us how important it is to protect our environment. And not only does it help our planet, it also helps us save energy and money! Read on for our type energy saving and conservation tips.

Heating your home

  • Layer up with jumpers, blankets and a thicker duvet when it gets cooler instead of switching the heating on
  • Having your heating on low constantly saves more money and energy than switching it on and off when needed
  • Reduce your thermostat by just 1°C and you could save you more money than you think!
  • Use draught excluders to keep the chill out and the heat in

 

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Conserving water

  • Turn down the pressure on your power shower
  • Take shorter showers and repair any leaky faucets
  • Fill the kettle with no more water than you need
  • Only do laundry or turn the dishwasher on when they’re full
  • Turn the tap off when washing your face, cleaning your teeth, doing the dishes etc.
  • Collect rainwater and water plants with used water from boiling pasta or from your bath

 

Day to day

  • Cook a few meals at once to make use of having then oven on
  • Use leftovers for another meal
  • Wash your clothes at 30°C and air-dry if possible
  • Cut down on meat and processed foods
  • Combine multiple errands into one trip to save fuel
  • Print as little as possible and try paperless banking and e-tickets
  • Switch off and un-plug appliances
  • Turn off lights when not in use (its not the Blackpool illuminations like your mum always says)
  • Walk or bike as much as possible, or try carpooling and taking public transport

 

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Go natural

  • Plant trees, flowers and plants, and start composting
  • Reduce use of harmful chemicals which pollute the air and water
  • Buy local and organic produce
  • Use more natural cleaning and beauty products
  • Be more aware of the resources your using including water, heating, travelling etc.

 

Reduce, reuse and recycle!

  • Buy products with minimal packaging
  • Cut out littering – this weekend is the Great British Beach Clean!
  • Start using reusable bags, containers, water bottles etc.
  • Stop using disposables such as razors and kitchen towel
  • Buy second-hand books (or go to the library) and other pre-loved items
  • Borrow instead of buying and try upcycling clothes and furniture
  • Recycle properly and cut down on waste

 

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