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How to get that Scandinavian Christmas Look

December 2, 2016

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It’s no secret that I love Scandinavian design. My house is influenced heavily by the neutral tones, light wood, and geometric elements that are so commonly found in nordic homes. So it comes as no surprise that I love the way Scandinavian folks decorate their homes for Christmas. I’ve spent countless hours perusing slash drooling over thousands of gorgeous images on Pinterest and there are several common design elements that tie these beautiful nordic scenes together. Read on for 10 ways to get that Scandinavian Christmas look for yourself.

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[ 1 ] Use neutral colours

Scandinavian design is all about those pale, neutral colours. Think white, beige (the natural wood variety) + grey, and add some pops of black for contrast. And of course lots of rich, winter greeenery since it is Christmas afterall.

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[ 2 ] Put your tree in a basket

There’s no getting around this one. If you want a Scandinavian Christmas interior, put that tree in a wicker, rattan, or seagrass basket. If you must, another bucket will do (think galvanized tin or concrete planter) but stay far, far away from the traditional tree stand.

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[ 3 ] Use natural materials

Bring the outdoors inside with wood, moss, evergreens, pinecones, and other natural materials. Your house should smell like a forest!

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[ 4 ] Soft lighting is your friend

Lighting is key in Scandinavian design and Christmas is no exception. It is, after all, the time of year with the least amount of daylight, with the northern tip of Norway being in complete darkness for about 60 days a year. So make sure to fill your house with pretty mood lighting. Mix-and-match candles, twinkle lights draped over furniture, and paper lanterns (star shapes are the best!) hanging from the ceiling.

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[ 5 ] Simplicity is key

The simplest decor will have the biggest impact. Grab an evergreen branch, put it in a simple but beautiful vase, add a candle (or four) and voilà, you’ve got yourself a beautiful, Scandinavian table display.

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[ 6 ] Get crafty with a little DIY

When you look through pictures of Scandinavian interiors at Christmas, one thing always stands out – there is an element of do-it-yourself to the decor. Make your own banner, use branches, twinkle lights and ornaments to create your own wall display, or make your own Advent calendar out of a piece of wood and some string.

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[ 7 ] Wrap your gifts in postal paper + string

Colourful paper is out, folks. No crazy Santa Claus prints, nothing shiny and glittery, just plain brown postal paper packages mixed in with a bit of simple black + white. And don’t use regular ribbon either. Twine or string is the way to go, and if you want to go extra fancy, add some pretty paper labels and little pieces of greenery.

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[ 8 ] Use lots of knits + furs

Textiles are another huge element in Scandinavian design and, once again, Christmas is no exception. Coziness is key so bring out those chunky knits and (faux) fur throws.

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[ 9 ] Add geometric elements

Scandinavians love their geometric designs. For Christmas, thick Himmeli-inspired stars + diamonds, or triangles combined to make modern Christmas tree shapes.

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[ 10 ] Hang ornaments from branches

If you’re short on space, forego a traditional Christmas tree and instead place some bare branches in a vase or planter and adorn them with your neutral-coloured ornaments. Or, alternatively, hang up a branch above your dining table and hang a few ornaments from there for a pretty, Scandinavian holiday table setting.

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8 comments

Kate December 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm

So many gorgeous interiors! And love how you’ve decorated your place.

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Sina December 4, 2016 at 10:54 pm

Thank you so much Kate! 🙂

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sophia December 4, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Such great tips, thank you!

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Sina December 6, 2016 at 9:01 pm

You are very welcome! Happy Holidays 🙂

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Tara December 6, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Okay, your Christmas decor is stunning, girl. Love the Christmas lights draped over those frames.

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Sina December 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Thanks, Tara! Twinkle lights just make everything more magical, right?

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Kala December 10, 2016 at 7:55 pm

I love your hanging pocket advent calendar. Where is it from?

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Sina December 11, 2016 at 7:31 pm

It’s from Ferm Living 🙂

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