Scandinavian style has taken center stage with an emphasis on hygge comfy-coziness in recent years. But its undeniable influence isn’t stopping there. Lagom is a fresh (though somewhat better known concept of late) that’s turning heads for good reason. Pronounced LA-gom (“la” like “saw” and “gom” like “mom”), this Swedish term refers to pared-down decorating that’s simple in its appearance and functional at its core. The word itself means “just the right amount” – not too much, but never too little – and its styling approach centers on keeping everything in perfect harmony. Intrigued by the idea? We’re showing you how to finesse the principles of lagom into your Western home décor.
The Lagom Look Book
The Scandinavians know great design, and their fondness for lagom is case in point. Similar to hygge in its reverence for the creature comforts of home, this method hinges on the beauty of everyday necessities and encourages styling each room with “just the right amount” of functional décor and furnishings. It’s not flashy or showy, but it’s not total minimalism, either. It finds its footing somewhere between the two with a mantra that emphasizes balance. The typical lagom look book is filled with soft restoration greys, bleached walnut, and warm ivories, and many of its core pieces borrow from mid-century modern design themes that hearken back to simpler times.