Enjoy Christmas in Scandinavian style

Enjoy Christmas in Scandinavian style

The pared-back traditional Scandinavian look is stylish, simple and just as festive. Follow these three easy steps to making your home nicely Nordic this Christmas

The pared-back traditional Scandinavian look is stylish, simple and just as festive. Follow these three easy steps to making your home nicely Nordic this Christmas.

1. Bring Scandi chic to your colour scheme

The starting point for any Scandinavian style scheme is just two colours, red and white. Mix in pale wooden accents and dark natural greenery and you have a look that’s festive yet fresh – drape sprigs of holly and evergreen branches on your mantelpiece and on picture frames; hang a green wreath on your door; and, of course, splash out on a real tree decorated with red and white decorations and candy canes. Set the table with white crockery offset by red charger plates, glassware and candles; hang up stockings knitted with traditional Fair Isle-style motifs; and make a feature of your gifts by wrapping them with red and white paper – or go for brown paper tied with red and white ribbons.

2. Get crafty with Christmas decorations

Forget gaudy plastic and go back to basics; homespun charm is the way to go with this look. Decorate your tree with handmade paper or felt decorations, and bake biscuits to hang from the branches with ribbons. You could also sew some red and white fabric bunting; and have a go at making your own gingerbread house – after all, no Scandinavian Christmas would be complete without one.

3. Get cosy

There’s a Danish word, hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’), which basically means ‘cosiness’, or a nice warm feeling and atmosphere. Aim to create this in your own home and you’ll have Scandinavian style cracked. So cosy up your living space with comfy faux-fur throws, soft rugs, cosy blankets and plenty of squishy cushions.

Create a Nordic-style fresh, light scent with Febreze’s Christmas fragrance, Frosted Pine and you’ll eliminate any odours, too. Candles are essential – place them on tables and shelves for a soft, welcoming glow. The Scandinavians traditionally clip them onto their Christmas trees, but you can cheat with electric lookalikes if the thought of all those naked flames makes you nervous! Finally, if you’re lucky enough to have a real fire, stock up on logs and get it burning bright over the festive season for a real hygge glow.

How do you decorate your home at Christmas? Share your tips in the comments section below.

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