In 2017, it seemed you couldn't turn around without seeing the cozy Danish sensation "hygge" (pronounced, hue-guh) everywhere: Pinterest, Instagram, coffee table books, and articles upon articles on how to bring that inviting feeling home. And while our love for hygge, still thrives, at the start of a new year a new Scandinavian sentiment is gaining ground as the latest lifestyle liking: "lagom" ( laaaw-gum). While hygge encompasses warm feelings of comfort, contentment, and togetherness, Swedish lagom is more about the virtue of intentional moderation and balance; not too much, not too little, but "just right."
In a culture of extremes where excessive work, connectivity on social media, and just plain stuff, as well as serious self-restriction with diet detoxes and closet purges, lagom is a relief and respite. The complex word translates to all areas of Swedish life. But when it comes to interiors, a lagom room is decorated with carefully selected, personalized decor and will exude a balance of comfort and utility in a neutral, calm peaceful color scheme—very IKEA if you ask me.
As 2018 commences, we're totally on board with the "less is more" mantra. If you want to bring a sense of lagom home, we've found gorgeous Scandinavian rooms that are giving us major #decorgoals. And, we're gathering plenty more inspiration on Pinterest!
We're dreaming of dinner parties...
Simple mid-century pieces paired with personal and natural elements seems to be a pretty standard lagom combination. Industrial, utilitarian lighting and seating, but in a unique array of soft colors, as well as natural greenery, warm rug and an art gallery wall that expresses your unique taste looks inviting and gives character.
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We could stay in this bed all day.
Calm, peaceful, unplugged—this neutral, cool-toned bedroom still manages to look cozy with soft linen bedding and a warm wool throw blanket with side table greenery. Add a few candle lanterns for an extra dose of snug!
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Find us in the lived-in living room.
This is living room is definitely a "just right" balance of functionality and style. Clean mid-century seating and lighting in simple shapes with unique lines combined with plush textured rugs and pillows in natural textiles creates a pleasing atmosphere. Keep the things you love and use most but display them intentionally; think pretty coffee table books, vintage cameras, glassware, trinkets and more.
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Treat yourself to a lagom kitchen.
You can really see the balanced, beautiful utilitarian lagom theme in a kitchen. Fill exposed shelves with items you use every day, but also makes you happy to look at every day. Put your pretty kitchenware on display with thoughtful spacing and bring in warmth and life with natural wood cutting boards and bronze candlesticks as well as pretty potted herbs.