They have unpronounceable names and they may sound like Chinese (or rather Japanese and Swedish). But they have sneaked into our decorative culture and, since they have come to stay, it is better that you know them so that you take advantage of all their advantages. Let the decoration trends begin!
The Sino-Japanese word kaizen. It is made up of two concepts: Kai, which means change or action to be amended, and Zen, which means good or beneficial. And how does this apply to our home? Well, in just 60 minutes executing the same task every day, in this way we will create a routine in the field of order and organization. If, progressively, starting to carry out a task for one minute a day, we dedicate ourselves to an area of our house, little by little we will achieve greater objectives. Often, lack of time makes us throw in the towel before the great challenge of tidying up the house. Apply the Kaizen Method: You can start by ordering a drawer, a book shelf on the shelf, or a kitchen cabinet. When you are done, go to the next level. Increase the time to three minutes, and so on. Little by little and efficiently and constantly you will achieve greater order and that it becomes a habit. the goal of acquiring a routine.
We live in a consumerist era in which if one thing breaks down, it is quickly replaced by another and that’s it. Kintsugi supporters argue that broken objects may have a second chance. If a plate or cup breaks, they decide to restore them, extolling the beauty of their scars with this material that mixes resin with powder of precious materials. Kintsugi is an ancient technique of Japanese origin to fix ceramic fractures with resin varnish sprinkled or mixed with gold, silver or platinum powder. But it’s not just about fixing or restoring ceramic objects. The technique goes further to become a philosophy of life, and if you want to take this concept further, you can restore an old piece of furniture, assigning it a different function than its origin and giving it new functionality.
A home organizer is a professional organizer that helps you put your house in order to make your life more comfortable, practical and, they say, happier. It is a profession of recent implantation in Spain, but that each time has more clients. It helps you with the change of season; to plan a move; to empty for a reform, to create a space for the baby, an office; or to inventory and empty the apartment of a deceased relative. Above all, you need it if you think you don’t have room for anything. On the website of the Association of Professional Organizers of Spain (AOPE) you can fill out a search form and they will send you by email the details of the organizers closest to your address.
Coming from the Nordic countries, this term refers to the matchless charm of Swedish life and houses. Lagom translates into decoration as “a simple way of life in which you have to make an effort to keep the houses nice and tidy”. That easy? Well, the crux of the matter is that it seems so, even though there is a whole intention behind it. The word Lagom comes from the Viking and could be translated as ‘not too much, not too little, just enough’. Therein lies the secret of its decorative success. Find the balance between a clear and functional space at the same time. Lagom houses use a range of colors based on white and soft gray, and tones of the earth spectrum, since up there they are not too much light, so with these shades they give more clarity to the interiors. And the Lagom materials? Well they are linen, wood, sheepskin or cotton,
The home staging or ‘staging’ is an American real estate marketing technique that was born in the seventies and now has become popular in most processes of sale or rental of housing. And what does a home stager doprofessional? First, it rearranges, furnishes and decorates the rooms to make them more attractive. Give a cozy touch, warmth of home, with accessories, such as a tasty carpet, beautiful vases or cushions. Opt for a palette of neutral tones and furniture in a timeless style, so you can please as many people as possible. Take personal details like photos or memories out of the picture. In addition, they use the services of a professional photographer to get the good side of the house. The first visits are usually free, while the advice is around € 100, the low cost decoration from € 250 and the photographic report about € 65 more. With all this, you make sure that your house is more attractive and sells or rents faster.
This rule is a simple ratio that will ensure that you invest well when decorating your home, in perfect balance. If we invest 80% of our budget intelligently and in quality parts, our investment will be lasting and will translate into perfect interior design. The remaining 20% will go to those cheaper and easily replaceable details so that you can renovate your house every season, making it look more current. It is the formula that experts recommend, if you do not want to start from scratch every five years. So, invest in good doors, windows and floors, kitchen, a comfortable bed and the sofa of your dreams. The rest, such as accessories and textiles, can be renewed according to trends.
In 2018 and 2019 it began to sound among label lovers to generate trends, but in Denmark, from where it is original, the concept hygge, hyggelig or hyggekrog is a term assumed for generations. It doesn’t have a literal translation, but it would be something like “getting a feeling of absolute well-being and comfort at home”. To achieve this, you must take into account some keys. First of all, look for comfort, creating a resting corner where you can practice hygge, be it a sofa with a plaid, an armchair in front of the window … Lighting is also very important; opt for candles and dim lights to achieve a warm atmosphere. Most Nordic houses have a fireplace, somewhat less common in these latitudes. If you have it, create around it with rugs and cushions, a space to read and listen to music or the crackling of firewood. Disconnecting the mobile to enjoy a fun board game or chat with the family is very hygge. Use tasty textiles, plants and make yourself a tea with a piece of homemade cake to complete the plan.
It is the twist to the Hygge. The word is an acronym for the expression Joy of Missing Out and implies enjoying being disconnected from technology, or rather, from everything that happens on social networks. And how is that done? You will wonder … Well, creating relaxed atmospheres and in soft and neutral colors, enjoying moments of solitude and repairing meetings at home to enjoy the true connection, that of being face to face with your family and friends. Island kitchens prevail in a JOMO house because they offer a space in which to socialize and share. Since it’s about disconnecting from the tech world and reconnecting with the “real” world, it’s crucial to surround yourself with natural woods, plants, and lots of light. Velvet, wool or felt are the key fabrics of this trend, since they enhance the sense of touch.
According to the Japanese Ikigai tradition, we all have a reason to live. Something that makes us get out of bed every morning. The objective would be to identify what we are good at, what gives us pleasure to do and with which, in addition, we make others happy. And once identified, make it our ikigai, our reason for being. The term, again, comes to us from Japan, a country that is ranked number 51 of the happiest in the world, according to the World Hapiness Report. Practicing ikigai, the Japanese not only live longer, they live better. Do you sign up to dedicate yourself to what you love, what you are good for, what you need and what they can pay you for?
Oosouji is the Japanese cleaning method to start the year off right. Now that 2020 is in its final stages, what do you think about starting 2021 on the right foot? To do this, you must practice the Oosouji at home. It literally means ‘great cleansing’ and it is an ancient Japanese tradition to start the new year, leaving behind physical and mental burdens. This ritual, which is usually done in Japan every December 28 (and is not an innocent one), is a way to expel any bad influence from our life and thus avoid dragging old practices into the new year. So mark this day in your agenda in red and take the opportunity to pay off debts, do a thorough cleaning and discard the negative.
Did you know these concepts? If the answer is yes, congratulations! You are completely up to date in decorative terms. If we have discovered any concept, congratulations! Now you know how to speak properly, in terms of interior designer.
It is clear that the world of decoration is advancing and soaking up other cultures to offer more than just a beautiful house.