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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Living in Barnsley

Living in Barnsley

If you’re passionate about sustainable living, this stunning two bedroom home in Barnsley is perfect for you!

Property 

This lovely home comprises a bright and spacious lounge with fitted carpet, creating the perfect space for the whole family to relax. The contemporary kitchen is finished to a high standard with beautiful cream units and integrated oven and hob. An under the stairs pantry provides extra storage space. The two double bedrooms are fully carpeted, and the spacious layouts provide plenty of storage opportunities. A beautifully finished bathroom is located upstairs, with a white three-piece suite including bath and shower facilities. A separate W.C is located on the ground floor, helping to ease the morning rush.

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Standhill Crescent propertiesare constructed to an extremely high standard and are built to promote sustainable living. The houses are extremely energy efficient and feature PV roof panels, which generate energy even on a cloudy day to run household appliances and lighting. On a summer’s day this property becomes a bright sun trap, and features an enclosed garden to the rear and turfed area to the front, as well as off-road parking.

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Location

This lovely home is located in Athersley North, just 10 minutes from Barnsley town centre. The excellent transport links to major cities such as Wakefield, Leeds and Sheffield make it ideal for commuters. The property is also located just a short drive from the Peak District National Park, which provides stunning scenery, nature and a day out for the whole family to enjoy.

In the suburb of Athersley, there are many great schools, as well as eateries, friendly pubs, convenience stores and green spaces, the perfect place to raise your family! You can travel easily into Barnsley town centre by bus or car, where you’ll find even more shops including the Alhambra shopping centre, sports clubs and facilities, the Metrodome, great bars and restaurants, the train station and Parkway Cinema. Other great sites and attractions in Barnsley include Wentworth Castle Gardens, Cannon Hall Farm, Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre and Locke Park.

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Food & Drink

  • Beatson House Restaurant – top quality British cuisine, perfect for an occasion
  • Elephant and Castle – family friendly restaurant with amazing food
  • Royal Spice – delicious Indian food with top service
  • Bistro Romanos – one of the best Italian’s in Barnsley
  • Not Just Coffee – homely and welcoming family run cafe
  • Lemon Tree – excellent Turkish cuisine
  • Tandoori Hut – a local favourite serving Indian food
  • Aroma Cafe Bar – great for afternoon tea and gluten-free dishes
  • The Ash Inn – well priced, homemade food in a lovely atmosphere
  • White Bear – one of the most popular pubs in Barnsley
  • Chill – sophisticated champagne bar

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