Decorating & Design

December 18, 2009

Scandinavian Christmas Decorating

I confess, I’m a holiday decorating scrooge. My family doesn’t exchange gifts and I forget how much stress that removes from the season (if you don’t have little ones, I highly recommend it). Plus, our resident Christmas cheerleader, Morgan Michener, is starting to win me over.

Photo: Scandinavian style

I love Scandinavian style — the light palette, lots of wood, natural textiles — and its pared back, crafty take on holiday décor. This vignette is from Norway’s Vakre Hjem & Interior, one of my new favourite inspirational magazines, and shows a festive look I could easily embrace.

Photo: simple foliage and wheat wreath

This vignette is from Swedish interior designer Edie van Breem’s home. I love the simple foliage and wheat wreath on a ribbon hung in the centre of the window.

Photo: environmental friendly with natural lupis twine cone trees and star garland

These environmentally-friendly, natural lupis twine cone trees and star garlands by David Stark for West Elm fit the light, tactile Scandinavian theme but give it a cool, beachy spin.

photo: star garland with natural lupis twine cone trees

photo: Dr. Seuss-like Christmas tree

A small Dr. Seuss-like version of a tree could make a big impact with a few decorations. Display it on a table to give it height and make it a focal point. Use a rubber planter, vase or urn for a DIY version.

Photo: Scandinavian ornaments, wheat wreath

Of course Ikea is a great source for affordable Scandinavian ornaments, like this wheat wreath ornament.

Photo: lighted decorations

Since days are as dark as nights during the winter in Sweden, a lot of decorations are lighted ones. These fluffy balls are 16” wide, so not small enough for a tree, but they could be pretty hung in varying heights in front of a window.

Photo: felt stocking

Try a stocking in felt or neutral colours like this one from Canadian online shop, Modern Karibou. Or just a long, striped wool sock like the ones from American Apparel would be a great substitute.

Photo: Wishbone chair

And Hans Wegner’s iconic Wishbone Chair doesn’t fit the Christmas topic but has always been my favourite hallmark of Scandinavian design for its cord seat and the stunning silhouette inspired by Ming chairs. A pair of them is definitely at the top of my wish list!

View our Christmas Decorating Ideas gallery for more easy tips.

Photo credits:
1. Vakre & Hjem Interior
2. Lisa Hubbard for Country Living
3-4. West Elm
5. Poetic Home blog, December 15, 2009
6. Ikea
7. Ikea
8. Modern Karibou
9. Danish Design Store