Lagom is a Scandinavian word that means ‘just the right amount’, or ‘not too little, not too much’. It is a philosophy of balance that can be applied to everything from interior design (it eschews the sharp edges of minimalism, but is anti-clutter) to cooking (think healthy eating, but without denying yourself the occasional treat).
Want to learn how to bring a little lagom into your life? Here’s our pick of the best books…
1 ‘Live Lagom: Balanced Living, The Swedish Way’ by Anna Brones. This practical guide has chapters on all aspects of life, from recipes to tips on finding the work-life balance (Ebury Press, £9.99)
2 ‘The Little Book of Lagom‘ by Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen. The big aim of this small book is to help you be kinder to yourself and simplify your life (Summersdale, £9.99)
3 ‘Lagom: The Swedish Secret of Living Well‘ by Lola A Åkerström. Åkerström believes lagom is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest places in the world. She’ll help you find contentment (Headline Home, £10)
4 ‘Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living‘ A beautifully illustrated handbook on how to improve your body, mind and finances using the theory of lagom (Gaia, £10)
Or, for interiors that have perfected the lagom style, see our Pinterest board of Country-style homes