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With the season for peak hygge-ness upon us, there’s been an update to this cosy interior style: lagom.

A Swedish way of living, lagom loosely translates to "not too little, not too much". It’s all about creating a balanced and sustainable life, including decluttering the home and focusing on staples that are made to last. A good way to ease into this trend is to start with small, meaningful changes instead of a dramatic transformation, putting functionality first.

Neutral coloured dining room and bedroom.
Pinterest, French by Design

Like hygge, lagom is all about creating a sense of calm and warmth. Think understated, muted shades for the home, with things that bring joy and sentimental value. So where better to start than the bedroom? Read on for some of our tips on turning your bedroom into a gentle, soothing sanctuary this winter.

One: Shuffle bedroom furniture around

Dark blue bedroom with brick walls and wooden flooring.
The Design Chaser

Sometimes all you need is a little makeover. Repositioning your bedroom furniture will give the room a fresh new look and also give you the opportunity to really consider how you use your room.

What do you reach for most? Where do you place the items you need? Can you easily see what sparks joy? These are the questions that might help you plan out how to craft a calm, intimate atmosphere perfect for relaxing in. You might also find some unexpected benefits in the process!

Two: Layer on texture

Green, pink and white textured fabrics.
Real Simple, Pinterest

Invest in soft furnishings like throws, rugs or curtains instead of cranking up the heat. By picking suitable fabrics such as wool and velvet, you’ll have a cosy, inviting room that keeps you warm when the temperature dips - all while cutting back on spending too.

Three: Pick soft lighting

Assorted images of room lighting.
EKBB Magazine, Furniture Choice, Kids Rooms Ideas

For a relaxed vibe, select soft, warm light fixtures instead of harsher options. Go for a central light source that gently brightens the room, followed by other sources of light, such as task lights for the desk and reading lamps by the bedside table.

A bonus: consider the eco-friendly route with LED lights or other energy efficient options that are widely available in the market.

Three: Personalise your space

Colourful and airy bedroom.
Homepolish

Minimalism is an important part of lagom but this style also encourages the addition of elements that spark happiness and personality. So let your creativity flow, and opt for a few key decorations for a bit of charm while keeping things understated and balanced. Play around with pops of colour and balancing the size and placement of key decor, such as art. To avoid some common decorating faux pas, here’s a helpful guide to start you off.

Three: Style with muted, calm hues

Soft pastel bedrooms of blue and pinks.
The Design Files, Urban Outfitters, id-China

Soft, understated shades lend a tranquil air to any space, so naturally the bedroom is a go-to option for this colour scheme. Work in cool blushes and dusty blues for a cosy feel - they also pair well with cold greys that give your space a stylish, wintry aesthetic.

Three: Opt for a fabric bed

Dark bedroom with grey fabric bed and pastel sheets.
Furniture Choice

For extra cosy points, settle for a fabric bed. Upholstered beds or headboards effortlessly have a tranquil feel that’s also on-trend and elegant. They’re available in a variety of fabric finishes, and are also a great way to showcase some personality and flair.

And there you have it, these are some of our tips on creating a cosy bedroom you’ll want to hibernate in this winter - with a dash of lagom to keep it fresh. Not just for colder months, these ideas can also be applied and experienced all year round for restful sleep and comfortable style.

*Header image credits goes to Adored Magazine