Scandinavian Christmas Home Decor Tips & Inspo.

It’s FINALLY December! Is it just me or has November been way too long? In any case, we should celebrate December because we are now officially allowed to get excited for Christmas! No one can tell us that we are playing Christmas songs “too early” anymore. We are also free to decorate as much and as maniacally as we possibly want, which actually leads me to today’s blogging topic: Christmas Decorations

Being from Denmark, I’ve grown up with a pretty standard Scandinavian Christmas: Homemade Christmas decorations, gløgg, æbleskiver, candles in every possible corner of the house and elves crawling up and down walls to get to their rice pudding. It seems simple and it is. That’s what’s so good about it and what Christmas boils down to in the end. Of course, there is a loose religious undertone (It IS J.C.’s birthday after all) but it’s lost its focus over the years. Now I feel like Christmas is much more simplistic in nature and more about enjoying the moments, the people and the food.

In Scandinavia, we like to keep our Christmas decorating simplistic as well. Simplistic but down to earth (and I say that quite literally*). That doesn’t mean that it’s ever boring though or any less cosy. In Denmark especially, we love bringing the concept of “hygge” in wherever and whenever we can.

“Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.” – Hyggehuset.com

Christmas is full of ‘hygge’ and your home should become a reflection of that, especially during the holidays. So here are my top tips on how to decorate “the Scandinavian way”:

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  • Geometric shapes:
    Geometric shapes in your Christmas decor will bring a much more modern look to your home. Use fx. beautifully folded paper ornaments or some simple metallic golden ones to bring a breath of fresh air to your tree this Christmas.

 

  • *Bring nature inside:
    Scandinavians love bringing nature into our homes. So, of course, a tree in the living room is not enough! Use furs, knits, pine, pinecones, moss, wood, basically, anything you can think of that might do well in a bowl or a decoration. Bring branches inside and hang ornaments from them for another chic, eye-catching decoration.

 

  • Lighting is important:
    Natural lighting is the best so decorate with lots of candles,  scented candles (I recommend: cinnamon, pine and firewood), tea lights and try using ‘warm white’ coloured fairy lights for your tree to really bring out all the beautiful colours of the ornaments you have decorated with.

 

  • Use neutral colours:
    Browns, greys, whites, blacks, gold, silver, bottle green, wine red are all staples of a Scandinavian Christmas! Try to incorporate them as best you can.

 

  • Simplicity is key:
    You don’t want to over decorate! A couple of your favourite smelling candles in the windowsill, a branch with your favourite baubles and a cosy furry throw over the back of the sofa and you’re off to a solid start.

 

  • Homemade is the way to go:
    You can also make your own ornaments and decorations yourself.
    In my family, we have a tradition of meeting up at my granny’s house to make our own Christmas decorations. We do all this while singing along to our favourite Christmas songs, drinking mulled wine and eating traditional Danish Christmas foods. It’s incredibly budget friendly and is a lot of fun! If you are a crafty or artistic person, I definitely recommend it!

So there you have it! A little bit of Nordic inspiration for the Holiday season. Remember to put on your favourite Christmas tunes while decorating to really get into the Holiday spirit!

Happy decorating!

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Featured Photo by Mourad Saadi on Unsplash

 

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27 thoughts on “Scandinavian Christmas Home Decor Tips & Inspo.

  1. Virkelig skægt at læse en engelsk blog skrevet af en dansker. Faldt tilfældigvis over din blog, og er simpelthen blevet så inspireret af den, den er så hyggelig og smuk, og du virker bare så sød. Det ville jeg bare lige sige.
    Jeg tror også, jeg pynter meget skandinavisk op med ornamenter af træ, grankogler og strå. Generelt er jeg fan af alt, man kan finde i naturen! Du må have en rigtig god jul og et dejligt nytår. 🌸✨

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  2. Sadly, we don’t celebrate Christmas in Turkey but it is always nice to hear some tips and tricks. I LOVE being all festive around new year. This “Scandinavian Way” of decorating works perfect for me since it sounds way more natural and “not in your face(?)” than the usual. Also, “hygge” is such a beautiful and useful word! I wish we had a equivalent of it :’D

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      1. Nothing special, for me, usually a small get together with friends. We would do secret santa with our teachers supervision and exchange gifts on new year’s Eve when we we’re little. As for Christmas we do nothing at all. Actually I thought Christmas and new year was the same thing for the longest time. I think a lot of people here still doesn’t know the difference (There is almost no Christians living here.). Because everyone thinks they are the same holiday, it is possible to find decorations but there is few options to choose from. For that, I like to take my time and make handmade decorations. It feels more unique and cozy.

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      2. Ah I see! That’s pretty unusual but I gotta admit, I think it’s really cool! Unfortunately Christmas IS a very christian holiday (which I often forget). Combining it with New Years is brilliant though and much more efficient!
        And homemade decor is always the coziest haha!

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  3. We put our decs up today! I actually have a bit of a disliking to putting up our decorations because it takes so long, especially as my sister likes having everything the way it was the year before. Personally I’m all up for the simplistic approach and everything you mentioned here just sounds so nice. A cosy and simplistic christmas is definitely the way I’ll go when I have to decorate on my own ^^
    I’m so happy to see your blog doing so well by the way! Keep up the amazing work!

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  4. Yay! I’m just gonna assume that you took my suggestion about talking about stuff related to Denmark…probably not the case, but the thought makes me happy so I’m just gonna roll with it.

    I’m honestly really excited for all the Christmas stuff at the moment. Me and my mom splurged because we saw this REALLY cute peanuts mailbox lawn decoration at home depot (it’s got a little snoopy and woodstock sitting on top and it opens and closes and has a little tree in it)! And I’ve been jamming out to the new deluxe version of warmer in the winter (and managed to nab some free tickets for her wanderland christmas tour!).

    Can you tell from the rambling that I’m excited? :^)

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  5. I am more a fan of decorating with glitter, intense collours, fairy lights, and ornaments.
    Maybe thats because i come from scandinavia and am a bit tired of the traditional danish way 😅 But great post, it captures the most important parts about scandinavian decorating. Do you like “trip trap nisser”? I think they are pretty cute but i
    miss some collours.

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  6. This sounds so nice! My family definitely doesn’t overdecorate, but our decorations are very family tradition based. Basically, everything means something. We don’t decorate by theme, like some do, or throw Christmas everywhere like others do. It just feels incredibly cosy. I really like the idea of bringing nature inside and making your own Christmas decorations. It sounds perfect for getting into the festive season! I’m loving the peeks into traditional Scandinavian culture you’re giving us. I would so love to visit one day.

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  7. That sounds lovely and beautiful! I love hearing about everyone’s different styles of decorating/celebrating a holiday. It’s so much fun to decorate for Christmas! We just put up our decorations and while we aren’t that simplistic, we don’t over do it either!
    I love the idea of homemade ornaments, etc. that sounds like a ton of fun!

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  8. I aaalways over decorate. Our apartment is buried in Christmas stuff. Elves villages in the window and on the China cabinet, santa and elves on every shelves. Lights, Pakke kalender for the kids, Christmas table cloth ect ect. But 1. Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year and 2.its the only holiday where I’m allowed to go crazy with decorating. (my bf would be settled with some count down candles and one or two Santa’s.) and 3.we have kids in the house who lives all the decorations and mommy overdoing it 😅

    But in our house, we don’t celebrate Christmas because of J. C’s birthday. We still go super old fashion and celebrate the return of light, which was actually the originally reason for celebrating Christmas (in DK at least) 😊 So you could argument that I should have written yule time instead of Christmas 😅

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  9. I love the Scandinavian style so much! There’s just something about it that makes me feel so cozy and comfortable. It’s super simple and minimalistic as well and I think that’s why I like it so much. Hopefully once I’m a bit older and have my own place I’ll be able to incorporate some of the Scandinavian design in my traditional French Canadian ways! 😊

    Also, I’m glad that you uploaded last weekend. You’ve probably heard this a million times by now but, I really missed your videos. I’m so so happy that you’re doing better as well, you deserve to feel happy and loved!! Congratulations on starting college again btw! That’s super exciting and I wish you nothing but the best! ❤️✨

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  10. My room is a small little area which has neutral colours with some woodland themes. At Christmas I have a small little tree (when I say small I mean small, it’s 45cm tall) in the corner and some thick tinsel draped across my ceiling with small copper lights and it really makes my room Christmasy. I 10000000% agree that simple decorations are so affective. Any who, have you got an advent calendar? I have a Snowman and SnowDog Thornton’s one. I never have candle ones as I despise the smell of cinnamon. And I can’t have beauty ones as I have sensitive skin. Bit long sorry :/ but hope you have a great day and I also have brought ALL of my Christmas presents now 🙂

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    1. I don’t have an advent calendar. I’ve never really had one ever actually, so Tend yo forget to buy one.
      Good on you for still decorating even though your room is small. That’s festive spirit right there!

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  11. I love the idea of a Scandinavian Christmas! It sounds so warm and cozy! Might have to bring some of these tractions to our typically American home haha😊 I especially love the idea of bringing nature inside! I’ve never really thought to do that before but might just have to give it a try!
    Also, would you consider doing a blog post of some of those traditional Christmas recipes you were talking about? I’d love to try and make some!

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