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Living Lagom: Three Steps to Creating your ‘Just Right’ Home

Just as hygge becomes mainstream, a new Scandinavian trend is hitting lifestyle blogs, websites and even the world’s largest furniture retailer. Have you heard? 2017 is the year of lagom.

It seems Goldilocks had it right all along — loosely translated from Swedish, lagom means “not too little, not too much, just right.” This applies to finding balance in all aspects of your life, including your dwellings.

Are you looking to achieve a “just right” home in 2017? Here are three easy steps.

The Right Amount of Space

The first step in creating a lagom home is finding the right amount of space. Whether it’s a single family home, condo or a home with a much smaller footprint, more American homebuyers are choosing to live in less square feet. In fact, the lagom lifestyle is in line with many of the amenities that millennial home buyers are looking for. Gone is the desire for a formal dining room that may only be used on holidays and large outdoor spaces that take time and money to maintain. When looking foryour lagom home, make sure you look for a space that fits your needs and nothing more.

The Right Amount of Furniture

Now that you have found your “just right” space, it’s time to furnish it. Take a note from professional home stagers on this one, the size of the furniture is just as important as the amount of furniture in a lagom home. While shopping, look for pieces that don’t overpower your space, that are just as useful as they are comfortable.

The Right Amount of Décor

Millennials seeking out minimalism will gravitate to lagom home décor. The focus is clearing clutter and keeping only items that you need. That doesn’t mean going in full Marie Kondo mode, but it does mean spending time on determining what items are important to you and what items fit in your space.

When searching for your “just right” home, it helps to work with a real estate professional. Find your local RE/MAX agent here.

#ReStage Challenge

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Recently, RE/MAX called on design lovers everywhere to enter the 9 Day ReStage Challenge competition and show off their best home-staging strategies. RE/MAX received many amazing entries for each challenge, some of which are showcased on our Instagram page.

Day 1: Drawing the Eye

The winning spot in the Day 1 challenge went to @onstageonline. In order to draw the eye in on to one part of the room, symmetry is a must. In the room below, the placement of the identical chairs helps to draw attention to the lovely fireplace and mantle.

Day 2: Flowers

The Day 2 winner was the dynamic mother-daughter duo @picturperfecthomestaging. Staging flowers in your home requires two main tips:

1. Keep your color palette in mind. Try to avoid flowers that match too closely with the main color in the room. Instead, opt for accent colors.

2. The vase matters. As you can see in the staging picture, the vase and the accessories around it pull the “look” together. Additionally, you don’t even have to use a conventional vase! This team used a crate to give their space a more rustic look.

Day 3: Art and Frames

The very creative winner of the Day 3 challenge was @deandracoleman, due to her personal touches to a gallery wall. Don’t be afraid to take some risks and to get personal when staging art in your home! Deandra personalized her space with a “D” hung on the wall and a “dreams” painting.

Day 4: Storage

Storage can sometimes make or break a home’s look. But @domesticaccents makes it look easy. Creative storage can be tricky, but remember:

1. You don’t have to hide everything. Sometimes, using woven bins or wicker baskets on shelves adds a nice lived-in feel to the home. To soften the space, @domesticaccents stores quilts on shelving.

2. Make sure the storage fits your space. Having a storage unit that fits what you want is great; however, it is important to make sure it complements the size of the room and doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Day 5: Lighting

Day 5 winner @stageinteriorsinc demonstrates that lighting, through a “mix of modern and traditional lighting elements,” can really tie a space together. In order to make the most of your space with lighting, incorporate ambient, task, and accent lighting to highlight areas of your kitchen, living room and other parts of your home.

Day 6: Shelving

@liz_kamuru snagged the winning spot for Day 6 with her eclectic mix of metal and natural elements. Here’s what stood out about her shelving:

1. Plants. Plants. Plants. Whether artificial or real, plants add an extra dimension to spice up shelving.

2. Trinkets galore. To make shelves more decorative, adding candles and small trinkets will complement the space and make it your own. Just make sure to not go too overboard or your shelves will look cluttered!

Day 7: Mirrors

Having a mirror in a room is great because it creates a more open feel. And as Day 7 winner @tahne.martin shows, mirrors don’t have to be the main focus the room. Notice how the mirror accents the room below without overshadowing the other pieces.

 

Day 8: Decorative accents

When it comes to decorative accents, it’s all in the details. This designer added some flavor to a grey couch and cream-colored coffee table with a beautiful patterned rug and pillows. For more inspiration on this topic, check out the RE/MAX “Interior Details” Mood Board on Pinterest.

 

Day 9: First impressions

The foyer is the first thing that guests will see when entering your home, so make sure it’s welcoming and creates an atmosphere consistent with the rest of your home. Day 9 winner @luv_to_decorate used a small table with flowers and chairs to add dimension and make her home more inviting.

Ready to find out what your beautifully decorated house might fetch on the market? Contact an experienced RE/MAX agent today.