5th March 2018
Lagom is having a second-wind in terms of popularity after first emerging on the design scene last year. In case you’re not an advocate just yet, here’s why you should be creating lagom homes in 2018 and 7 features that can contribute to this much-coveted style of living…
What is lagom living?
Taken from the Swedish phrase ‘lagom är bäst’, the concept is translated as ‘just the right amount is best’.
Modern-living moguls IKEA defined the lagom lifestyle as ‘making small changes to everyday life to minimise environmental impact, being thrifty with resources and enjoying a fun, happy, balanced life’.
Why your tenants want it
Young professionals want easy, efficient, clutter-free lives over lavish, possession-heavy, ones. You only have to look at the popularity of Uber, Netflix and the Kindle vs owning a car, a blu-ray player and a bookcase full of hard copies to support this.
But with hectic work lives, tight budgets and limited time, it can be difficult to be maintain a well balanced, environmentally-friendly attitude at home, whilst still having fun and retaining that “unrestricted hipster” vibe.
So, wouldn’t it be great if your living space did half the work for you?
Here’s 7 lagom features tenants are looking for to get them on the right track...
Simple colour scheme and materials
With so many unnecessary products and fussy styles in the design industry, there’s never been a better time to get back to basics. Go for a clean colour scheme with just a pop of colour and natural, sustainable materials.
Help your tenants spend ‘just the right amount’ of time in the shower by fitting a shower timer as standard. When ‘Save Water, Save Money’ trialled shower timers in Newcastle they found they helped save tenants up to £120 a year, which is a great selling point for such a low installation cost.
Smart home technologies
It’s all about streamlined multi-purpose technology that’s quick, efficient and space saving. Installing Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™) cabling means that your tenants will benefit from fast and reliable broadband, whilst enabling them to be more energy efficient through services like Wi-Fi controlled heating, lighting, door entry, Smart metering, CCTV etc without the clutter of lots of numerous wires and equipment.
Make sure all built-in lighting runs on LED bulbs, which use up to 85% less energy than regular bulbs. If you want to go the extra mile, take a leaf out of the Scandi’s book and help to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder with LED ‘white light’ boxes and bulbs.
A simple way to help millennials save time, effort, energy and water (a good dishwasher can mean the difference between 6 litres and 16 litres of water per cycle) is to install eco-friendly electricals. Choose an eco dishwasher, washing machine and heat-saving induction hob to save your tenants time and energy.
Bamboo fittings, fixtures and furnishings
Bamboo is a renewable material so doesn’t require harsh chemical treatments to make it durable, plus it looks earthy and in-keeping with the green-living ethos. A bamboo bed frame is original, aesthetically pleasing and chemical-free - and it shouldn’t squeak or break either!