How easy is it to create a stylish Scandi Christmas at home? If you're thinking of switching up your Christmas decorating theme this year, think pared back, stylish decorations and a limited colour palette.
Less is more but it's not just about what the room looks like, but how it makes you feel. Fill your space with candles, chunky knits and faux fur throws to create a warm and cosy ambience, as well as neutral interiors injected with natural materials.
Read these tips from the experts on how to embrace a Scandi decorating theme this festive season...
1. 'A Scandinavian Christmas is all about embracing nature in your Christmas décor. Decorations are simply crafted and created from pared back natural materials such as wood and paper with a simple colour palette of red and white. Hang decorations with traditional Scandinavian Christmas motifs of reindeer, hearts and stars from twigs and branches or mix them amongst garlands of evergreens, pine cones, winter foliage and lots of twinkling candles and fairy lights – in white of course!’ – Jo Jennings, founder of the Love Unique brand
2. 'Scandinavian Christmas decorations don't always have to be monochrome or neutral. Add a touch of colour with accessories like Christmas stockings, gift bags, Christmas paper globes and stars and decorative pom pom garlands.' – Grace Tindall, founder of Scandibørn
3. 'If you already have boxes full of brightly coloured (dare I say gaudy?) decorations hanging about in your loft, these needn’t go to waste. You can easily repurpose them for a Scandi style Christmas by painting them in neutral shades. Baubles are particularly easy as you can dip dye them; you could try a monochrome marble effect to add a bit of interest. There are plenty of tutorials online.’ – Samantha Drury Shore, owner of White Black Grey
4. 'Don't scrimp on the advent calendar. The first day of Advent is a huge thing in Scandinavia, meaning the festivities can begin. The advent calendars are adored by children and adults alike. Most people buy the oversized advent calendars where you can place small gifts inside – toys for the children, chocolates, beauty products, anything you like and can be themed differently every year.' – Grace Tindall, Scandibørn
5. 'Add evergreen branches or a touch of foliage to the advent calendar, wrapped gifts, window sill or Christmas display.' – Grace Tindall, Scandibørn
Gifts and gift wrapping
6. 'Creating a great sense of wellbeing is also important as is gift-giving at this time of year. We like to exchange gifts during Advent, in the run up to Christmas, and these don’t have to be expensive, they can be homemade – biscuits, a notebook, personal things that you think the person would like. Scandi Christmas is all about warmth, light, family, friends and sharing,’ – Mette Thomsen, founder of Design Letters
7. 'Wrap each of the gifts in brown, neutral or monochrome paper and add a pop of colour with a sleek ribbon.’ – Grace Tindall, Scandibørn
8. 'Scandinavians and Danes, like the rest of Europe, LOVE Christmas, it’s the high point of our long dark winter season. We are very big on candles and lighting the home as naturally as possible. The more candles the merrier for creating that special, warm light. You can’t beat it in winter with those long dark evenings that start around lunchtime! We light up mantelpieces, shelves, tables – anywhere that will safely take a candle – and use winter foliage, sprigs of pine, holly, cones to decorate. We like mi and matching textures but prefer neutral palettes to anything to garish; the monochrome look too is very clean and crisp, very Scandi.’ – Mette Thomsen, Design Letters
9. 'Bringing the outside in is a key part of creating a Scandinavian feel for Christmas. So take the family on a nature walk; select pine cones for place settings, gather interestingly shaped twigs to paint white and arrange in vases, or pick brightly coloured seasonal berries which will pop beautifully against a pared back colour scheme.’ – Samantha Drury Shore, White Black Grey
10. 'Create the 'Hygge' look that Scandinavians are renowned for with cosy textures like faux fur stockings, gift bags and throws.’ – Grace Tindall, Scandibørn
11. 'Choosing the right lighting plays a huge role in creating the right atmosphere at Christmas time, so turn off the overhead lights and stick to softer pools of light from lamps or candles. You can never really have too many candles. Fairy lights work perfectly for pretty much any Christmas theme, from super traditional, to oh-so-modern, but if it’s Scandi-chic you’re aiming for, white is the ONLY acceptable colour!’ – Samantha Drury Shore, White Black Grey