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'Hygge', 'lagom' and 'wabi sabi' explained

As many of us continue to seek a life of comfort and simplicity, this is naturally reflected in the way we design our homes.

You may have heard of ‘hygge’ from Denmark, but do you know of ‘lagom’ from Sweden and ‘wabi sabi’ from Japan?  Each of these approaches focus on the style of natural, simplistic, relaxed design that is in high demand right now.  And once you know about it, you’ll recognise it reflected in the design of home stores and their offerings.

The kitchen, arguably the heart of the home, is often central to this concept.  So often bombarded by technology, living super-busy lives, people are seeking an escape, somewhere to relax where they can live a simpler life.  The kitchen is the perfect place to start – providing comfort, warmth, soul food, and a ‘nest’.

Hygge, originating from Denmark,  has been described as ‘being in touch with your innate need and desire for emotional and physical comfort’ and is a popular approach to living.  Also rising in popularity is ‘lagom’ from Sweden, based on living with ‘not too little, not too much, just right’, and the Japanese ‘wabi sabi’ could be translated into English as ‘wisdom in natural simplicity’.

This trend for comfort and simplicity could also be likened to ‘minimalist luxury’ – a relatively easy way of living to adopt for a very small apartment, or to mimic in a starter home.  And kitchens and bathrooms are a perfect place to begin.

More information about these trends can be found in this article from Kitchen & Bath Design News.

 

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