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As people explore ways to simplify their lives, we’ve noticed one word that continues to pop up: lagom. Pronounced "law-gum," it originates from the Scandinavian country of Sweden, translating to “not too much, not too little—just right.”
For a happy life, balance is key according to lagom, and it applies to all aspects of life from cuisine and careers to décor. When it comes to lagom living, it effortlessly combines the restraint of minimalism with the joy of maximalism. Follow along to learn how to bring this lifestyle into your space.
Keep It Clutter-Free
A decluttered space is essential to lagom. In addition to living in moderation and staying organized, you can visually declutter your space by selecting pieces with minimalist silhouettes; think clean lines and smooth transitions with little embellishments.
Our Lexia Collection, for instance, is composed of simple shapes and smooth transitions, which completes a satisfying, noninvasive look that visually opens up a space. By incorporating fixtures with these characteristics, you’ll be well on your way to a just-right Swedish home design.
Create A Quiet Color Palette
Walking into a lagom space feels earthy yet understated, which can be most effectively achieved through color. If you’re familiar with organic modern design, the color palettes are quite similar, leaning heavily on subdued neutrals found in nature.
Our Olsen Console Vanity in Ash Brown and our Robertson Console Vanity in Brushed White are perfect examples, evoking the outdoors in a quiet, calming way through their muted finishes.
For complementary accents, utilize your metallic surfaces such as faucets or cabinet hardware. A common choice is matte black, which adds depth of color without the shine. To add a delicate sheen, seek out brushed gold, polished brass, or polished nickel finishes.
Welcome Natural Elements
When it comes to the materials found in lagom interior design, as well as Scandinavian design at large, nature is always incorporated. Include plenty of pieces composed of natural materials such wood, bamboo, or stone. As shown by our Osa Teak Vanity and our Aliso Teak Vanity, implementing wood instantly adds an inviting quality to any space.
These materials also present an appropriate opportunity to break away from clean lines, honoring the organic forms of these pieces’ origins. Something as simple as the subtle rounded corners of our Acrewood Oval Wood Vanity Mirror to live edge furniture make for excellent additions that elegantly contrast more sleek shapes.
With these touches of natural texture, sensible placement and edited selections are key in lagom designs, keeping things subdued and away from the direction of boho style.
Steering clear of trends, lagom living requires a great deal of intention to achieve a home that transcends any style. Lagom implores us to consider the long term by making conscious decisions that prioritize the quality and functionality of our pieces.
Source high-quality furnishings and fixtures made of durable materials that serve a purpose, and when applicable, are resistant to the elements, as shown in our Southgate Single-Hole Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet. Featuring a durable build with a corrosion-resistant finish, joined by a pull-down spout for easy rinsing, its timeless aesthetic is matched with modern performance so it can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Whether you’re caring for teak or repairing a resin fixture, it’s central to the lagom philospophy to take care of what you have to ensure maximum longevity.
In lagom, one mustn’t forget the “not too little” aspect of the word. A reminder to consider your comfort and what brings you joy, seek pieces designed for relaxation.
Especially prevalent in the bathroom, the perfect way to unwind for the day is with a soak in a luxurious tub. Depending on your needs, opt for something that gently massages the skin with a jetted tub such as our Boyce Acrylic Tub With Air Massage, or enjoy a deep submersion with a soaking tub like our Pelion Acrylic Freestanding Tub.
Whether you lack the space for a tub or would simply like to elevate your shower experience as well, add in shower jets, or choose a shower system with them incorporated, to make relaxation part of your daily routine.
These tub and shower styles take bathing far beyond washing up, and they are available in simple, elegant silhouettes to fully bring together this Scandinavian interior design style.
Show Off What You Love
As the lagom philosophy is all about achieving equilibrium, mix plenty of hidden storage with a bit of open shelving to exhibit a few treasured items without creating clutter. Choose from a vast array of shelf brackets to add a touch of visual interest while supporting your stunning displays.
Lagom living is, in a word, balanced. By putting functionality, comfort, restraint, and beauty all into consideration, your home will feel “just right” in no time. To get started on a lagom design of your own, shop our wide variety of premium quality, user-focused pieces that will never go out of style.