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Thinking of sprucing up your living area but not sure how? We have teamed up with two interior design experts who are clued up on Feng shui, Lagom, and Hygge to discover what these concepts can do for your mental wellbeing, and how to achieve these looks in your own home.
Digging into the history of the concept, Nikki Bishop, a Feng shui consultant, explains that it originated from Asian culture where it translated as a safe place to live, but has been refined and adapted in recent years to relate to the energy of our natural environment.
“Making a house a home is a familiar phrase, and anyone who has been house hunting knows that some attract us more than others. Feng shui is an understanding of energy. When this life force energy is present and vibrant, people, animals, and plant life are also vibrant and prosper, but when it is adversely affected then plants can wilt and die, animals suffer, as do humans. We need this energy to be vibrant to support us, in the same way as we have this energy inside of us, a house also contains this energy.
“In our modern urban environment, properties are being built in locations where we would never have built many years ago. As a result, there is an increasing number of properties that could benefit from an improved flow of energy.”
There are basic principles that anyone can apply to their home. When it comes to the entrance of the home, as well as the living room, Nikki advises:
1. Keep the path to the front door clear of any rubbish, weeds, or clutter.
2. Avoid clutter and homeware pieces that are too large for the size of the space it sits in.
3. Position sofas so you have a solid wall behind you and where you have a clear view of the door into the room. Having a clear sight of the entrance to the room helps those with anxiety to relax in their own home.
4. Don’t feel that your furniture is fixed, move it around to freshen up the atmosphere of the room.
5. Stick to a lighter palette of colour as they’re more versatile, but use stronger colours to accent certain rooms or areas through soft furnishings and artwork.
6. If placing mirrors, be mindful of what they reflect. Ensure they reflect something nice.
7. Consider the symbolism of the art you place on your walls and how it makes you feel personally.
8. Have a variety of lighting that you can adjust to the time of day and uses of the room. This works with the yin and yang energy of the space.
9. Fresh flowers contribute a good feeling, but ensure you remove them once they are past their best.
10. Make use of a variety of forms and shapes. Earth shapes can become dominant. Earth shapes are square - break this up by adding some rounded or oval shapes.
Pronounced “Hoo-gah” the Danish word translates into interiors that create intimacy, encourage conversation and form a defined area around a group, such as the glow of candlelight. However, it is slightly different to Lagom , which means ‘just right’, not too much, not too little! Anna Sjostrom Walton, a biophilic design expert, and blogger, explains that “non-Scandinavians often assume Hygge and Lagom mean the same thing, but actually, the Swedish word “Mysigt”, meaning cosy, is closer to the Danish Hygge as we know it - it just hasn’t gone viral.”
To tell the difference, Hygge homes create a feeling of togetherness. To achieve this feeling, Anna recommends:
1. Create an intimate space - include oversize or chunky-knit blankets on your sofa for added cosyness.
2. Light candles in the middle of tables you’re gathered around to create that sense of togetherness.
3. Place a basket of guest slippers by the front door to make guests feel welcome as soon as they walk through your front door.
4. Bring nature indoors - Nature plays a key part in Scandinavian life, and in people’s homes. It goes without saying that homes should have plants, natural wood floors, natural fibers, colours and a link to the outside world.
5. Remember to keep your home functional, but decorate it with items that are meaningful to you.
6. Keep colours palettes neutral.
7. Create a cosy atmosphere with a fireplace and some fairy lights. Swedish families often gather around the fireplace so the living room is centered around this.
8. Furniture and accessories should be dainty, not bulky.
Lagom is slightly different, creating effortless balance by stripping back accessories and over the top feature walls. Anna says: “You can attract attention with a statement piece, but balance it with ease elsewhere (hence the prevalence of white, black and grey colour use in Scandinavian interiors).”
nna explains that Lagom means “just right” and has given her tips on how to achieve this look:
1. Keep it simple, avoid too many busy accessories and don’t overdo it with loud feature walls.
2. Allow your home to breathe by de-cluttering. Stylish open shelving can display your most treasured items, whilst lifting the attention from clutter below. Quality over quantity is key.
3. Make sure practicality comes first, this could be anything from making sure the coffee table isn’t too far out of reach, or the cupboards are easily accessible. However, don’t create tight spaces and make sure all your furniture has enough space.
4. Bring the outside in with flourishing plant life and flowers.
5. Embrace natural lighting, use light curtains and don’t block the windowsills.
6. Keep it modest and fairly minimal. It’s not about the most expensive furniture, it’s about being content with what you have.
Hopefully these tips on three of the biggest interior design trends can help you to spruce up their home and achieve a little more zen!