Just when we had got our heads around Hygge, here comes another Scandi happiness craze that is about to take over our interiors.
Out goes the coziness of hygge and in comes lagom, which means just the right amount.
Lagom, pronounced laaaw-gum, is a lifestyle philosophy that promises to transform the way that we live.
The philosophy is not about making big changes, rather making improvements to small things in all areas of your life. Lagom can be said to describe the basis of the Swedish national psyche, one of consensus and equality.
So, how does this translate into interiors?
Your belongings should be either functional or have sentimental value. Things that fall outside of this may be considered unnecessary and excessive. If you let go of things that don’t fit those categories, you should feel more emotionally content and your mind should feel less cluttered too.
If you now feel ready to dip into the lagom philosophy, where can you start?
IKEA, the Swedish home store, has launched a series of in store workshops that will help create a better way to live and created a great brochure to help you on your lagom journey.
Some of the tips they have are:
Use less power – Did you know that 87% of large families in the UK are worried about their rising energy bills? And 15% of UK householders think their energy use if out of control.
Use less water – On average, every person in the UK uses 150 litres of water every day. And 30% of that is flushed down the toilet.
Create less waste – Up to 60% of what we throw away could be recycled. And we bin seven million tonnes of food and drink every year – costing us £12.5 billion.
Live well – If people in urban England and Wales cycled and walked as much as people in Copenhagen, the NHS could save £17 billion within twenty years.
There are also a wealth of books springing up on the subject and, as the trend expands, expect to see more examples and products across the whole high street.