Updated: Apr 7
Finding balance in daily life
Have you ever stumbled upon the word Lagom? It is a Swedish idea of "Not too much and not too little." This sounds like an elementary and logical idea, but it can be a little tricky to know when you are getting it just right. In this blog, I want to dig a little deeper into what lagom is and how it relates to the Scandinavian home style and way of living.
The origin of the Scandinavian word lagom connects to the Vikings sitting around the campfire. Think about these brutal seafaring Scandinavians from way back enjoying the warmth of the fire and the mead in their cow horn cups. When they handed their mead to each other, everyone had to consider how much mead to drink to ensure there would be enough for everyone. The word' lag' means 'team,' and 'om' means around. So 'Lag' + 'om' could mean 'go around the team.'
The word lagom is mainly used in Sweden and Norway, but the mindset is at the core of Scandinavian culture.
Since then, lagom is the idea of finding balance: that something is exactly as it should be. How much coffee do you drink? How much sleep do you need? How is the work-life balance? And even for more simple tasks like how to roast your meat etc.
But how do you know when you've found that balance of "not too little and not too much? Being mindful will help you a great deal. If you think of lagom as a philosophy, it would sound something like this: Don't overcomplicate life, and you can achieve far more.
One thing that really appeals to me is that lagom is also relevant in your interior . It is a very sensible idea to find a balance in your home, a place where you feel comfortable and enjoy being. This exact balance point is very individual but yet so essential to find. When do you think your home is in balance? Do you feel most peaceful in a minimalistic home, or do you need to add more items to make it a bit more personal? For some, a minimalistic style will be too neutral while ohers find it calming and nurturing.
Lagom is the heart of The Scandi interior style, right? Not too little, not too much, and the interior design mantra "form follows function" fits the lagom ideal perfectly.
To achieve a balanced look, you want to choose your color palette to include only a few key colors to provide elegance and simplicity. Then, with that foundation in place for your interior design, bring about the balance by contrasting the clean lines and neutral color scheme with selected and timeless stylish accents. It's in the details and the balance of not too much, not too little décor we create a home we love.
The February 2022 edition of Norlii's Scandinavian home decor box is a reminder to keep searching for that balance in your home that makes it just right for you.
If you want a sneak peek for the recent Norlii box you can find it here :