A home is a place of safety, comfort and meaningful social interactions. Nowadays, more people are beginning to understand the impact of home design on their happiness.
The link between the mind, body and home design has previously been acknowledged by various cultures around the world. In this post, we share some of these approaches to help you turn your house into a home.
The ideals of home, hearth and family – as well as the comfort and delight that coziness and community bring us – are celebrated in this Danish lifestyle trend. How can one cultivate hygge? Light some candles, spend quality time cuddling with loved ones, invite guests for dinner, and clear your home of clutter. An example of a hygge-inspired design trend is the popularity of Scandi design and elements like faux and real animal furs draped on chairs or couches.
Ikigai, a sense of harmonious purpose, is seen to be the key to a long and happy life in Japan. Home remodelers typically ask four straightforward questions regarding your life’s work in order to move toward ikigai:
Do you love it?
Do you excel at it?
Does the world need it?
Did it help you?
You have attained ikigai and the fulfillment that comes with it when you can affirm all four.
Lagom, another popular Scandinavian design trend, is based on the Swedish concept of “just right” and is sometimes referred to as the Swedish version of the Danish design concept of hygge. Lagom stresses acquiring only the necessities in order to survive, as opposed to mindless accumulation. The Swedish are undoubtedly advocates of quality of life over material accumulation and being present in the moment rather than thinking about what to buy or do next. Scientists have discovered a link between acquisition and sadness. That said, make sure your home is comfortable and inviting for your family, but don’t go overboard and believe that the items you buy are more important than quality time spent with them.
Have you considered which approach to take? Let kitchen designer and custom home remodeling expert Highland Design + Build help you! We have an experienced team who can assist you with home improvement projects. To schedule an appointment, call (205) 968-6000, or fill out our contact form.