We Americans are known for perpetually chasing after a “balanced” lifestyle, but the Scandinavians, Danes, Fins, Icelandics, Norwegians and Swedes just do it. There is a word in Swedish: Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̀ːɡɔm]) meaning “just the right amount”. The Lexin Swedish-English dictionary defines lagom as “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right”. Lagom is also widely translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts).
A beautiful Scandinavian approach to life and design, will make its way from our daily schedules to our bedrooms, where “conscious buying and slow design” will take center stage. The use of natural materials, pale colors and simple design in open interiors capitalize on what sunlight the wintry region actually does receive. The modern style originated in the Nordic region in the 1950’s: think white wooden cottages with monochromatic color schemes and artworks, and you’ll have a pretty good picture of the style.
These days amid all the busy-ness of the place we call home, it is no surprise that this style with its Mid Century appeal has come back strong. A paring down and streamlining of life in design focuses on organic materials. Clean lines and simple uncluttered spaces, which often serve as workplace and home, means a lack of things is really an easier way to do both in one space. Simple it may be but the devil is in the details! Natural fibers are seen in bedding, curtains and tableware, including chalk paint, hemp rugs, curved wooden chairs, and woven baskets with a few curated pieces of pottery-porcelain or other earthenware pieces.
No matter your Style – Pack Rat to Minimalist – there are elements of this design concept that will surely make your home feel refreshed and invigorated for the New Year ahead. The sellers of Vintage and Main are a great resource for some of the things that will help you on this style adventure!