A Scandinavian Christmas

Scandinavian Christmas decor screams minimalism and whispers warmth and light. I am always drawn to Scandinavian spaces and love the way they are decorated for Christmas. I chose a variety of ‘looks’, but all have a similar theme. The beauty is in the simplicity, a colour-based theme, lots of light, and very nature-inspired.

Traditionally, a Scandinavian Christmas will be very white and red, with wood tones and rich, natural greens. When a natural tree is chosen, decorations seem to be sparse and thoughtful, or filled with vintage and colourful ornaments. Handcrafted ornaments, made of felt and wool, combined with candles, wood, and sparkly snowflakes fill these trees with warmth – but it’s never too much, just enough.

Many paper decorations are found in Scandinavian Christmas decor as well, with cut-outs of stars, trees, and simple dots used as decorations throughout the house. Branches of trees, bare or with evergreen needles, can easily decorate a simple nook, a bathroom, or a tabletop. A (faux) fur throws add a touch of luxury with a natural feel to a Scandinavian Christmas look.

Even with a modern Scandinavian Christmas, the decor can be monotone, with lots of white, or black and white, or even an unexpected splash of grey and yellow – but it’s still simple and full of light! I’m very much inspired by these beautiful trees and hope you are too!



  1. December 2, 2014 / 8:38 am

    Such beautiful holiday decor! I love the DIY garland. 🙂

  2. Linda Manns Linneman
    December 2, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    I love the tree in the basket. This is such a cute idea. I enjoyed all the pics. Thank you for sharing

  3. December 2, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    I love the uncluttered simplistic look of the Scandinavian Christmas. Makes me want to pare down on my decorations. I love the all white tree. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sumbul Aslam
    December 3, 2014 / 2:57 am

    All the decorations are lovely…U have got skill.

  5. December 3, 2014 / 7:10 am

    They all look great but I prefer the more nature-inspired ones with the green trees versus the ones like that dowel tree or the white one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. James Robert
    December 3, 2014 / 8:41 am

    I seem to like all Christmas trees and these all looked great to me. Thanks for sharing them

  7. December 8, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    I love the white motifs — very pretty!

  8. Natalie Nichols
    December 15, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    I love the white. It looks great with all of the other light decor.

  9. Maria Iemma
    December 19, 2014 / 6:02 am

    I love the photos and I love learning how different cultures celebrate and decorate their homes at Christmas time.

  10. December 19, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    Very clean and elegant decor style!

  11. December 23, 2014 / 8:20 am

    These are beautiful images! I kept it very simple this year, mostly black and white with the occasional bit of metallic (just a hint). But these photos are just gorgeous!

  12. Mishelle Greening
    April 18, 2017 / 5:47 am

    I love the wooden dowel tree – it’s very basic but cute!


  13. Janet M
    April 18, 2017 / 9:03 am

    I love the simplistic look of the decor.

  14. Kevin B
    April 18, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Thanks — I like that they don’t look overly fussy and artificial

  15. Tamra Phelps
    April 18, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I do like the minimalist look of Scandinavian decor, & the Christmas decorations look great. I like the small bits of color, like the red on those bows on the ‘animals.’

  16. Kim Pincombe-Cole
    April 18, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I love all of these decorating ideas…

  17. Sonja Streicher
    April 18, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I like the idea of a white and red Christmas!

  18. Barrie
    April 18, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I like the simplicity of the trees. It’s just enough decorations to enjoy without being overly done.

  19. jan
    April 19, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Such a gorgeous place!

  20. Kimberly Flickinger
    April 20, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I am in love with the Christmas decor ideas. Will definitely keep these in mind when Christmas time rolls around again.

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