Scandi Christmas decorations: 14 ideas to hygge up your home this festive season

Embrace all things hygge this year with Scandi inspired Christmas decorating ideas

H&M Home Christmas
(Image credit: H&M )

Looking for some Scandi Christmas decorations? Of course you are, because no one can deny there really is no better time of year to embrace Scandi style decorating – it’s cold outside; the fire is going; mulled wine is on the stove and you can pretend for just a second you are actually living in that Norwegian cottage of your Pinterest dreams. 

So keep your dose of Hygge high with our Scandinavian Christmas decorating ideas...

1. Add a ton of texture

A really easy way to get a Scandi look is by adding a load of texture, easily done at this time of year really. Take inspiration from this room by Neptune and pull out the (faux) pelts, pile up the chunky blankets and stack up the logs. The more texture the better we say.  

Give your room a festive feel with candles, displays of baubles, evergreen sprigs on every surface and of course a Scandi-approve tree. Neptune's tree decorations this year as stunning, go and have a browse and pick out a few key pieces. 

Cosy Christmas living room by Neptune

(Image credit: Neptune)

2. Set the mood with candles

If there isn’t an abundance of Christmas candles dotted around, can you even call it Scandi? The White Company is of course smashing the Christmas candles this year, and while the classic Winter will always have a place in our hearts, we are also loving the comforting, earthy smell of Highland Escape

The White Company Winter fragrance collection

(Image credit: The White Company)

3. Fill your home with soft lighting 

And since having constantly lit candles dotted around your house probably isn’t very realistic, recreate that cosy glow with plenty of artificial lights. Obviously fairy lights are a given at Christmas, but also pick up some LED candles from (Lights4fundo some really realistic wax ones) that are also perfect for recreating candle light.

We love how candles look dotted up the stairs in hurricane vases

Staircase with lights and greenery

(Image credit: Neptune)

4. Go for an alternative Christmas tree

As much as we love the smell of a real Christmas tree, this year we are really feeling the alternative Christmas tree. This simplistic white washed ladder has been decorated with an array of baubles and we love the understated (but of course still very festive) look. 

Ladder used as an alternative Christmas tree

(Image credit: Marquis and Dawe)

5. Or just keep your tree super simple

If you simply can’t live without a real tree, just keep decorating to a minimum. We aren’t dismissing your pink tinsel and techno coloured ornaments, but if you want all the Scandi vibes, leave those in the loft this Christmas. Check out Garden Trading for their beautiful selection of Sandi style decs.

Garden trading Christmas dining room

(Image credit: Garden trading)

6. Evergreen. Literally. Everywhere

We are talking wreaths, garlands and trees – as soon your house starts to resemble Narnia you are about halfway there. Scandi Christmas decorations are all about bringing the outside in, especially at this time of year. And if you can’t make it, fake it with our pick of the best artificial Christmas trees.

Evergreen decorations in a dining room

(Image credit: Wyevale Garden Centres)

7. Hang things in abundance

Forget hanging stuff off the tree; in every Pinterest image of Scandi Christmas decorations there is something beautiful hanging from the ceiling. If you are lucky enough to have beams in your house, try hanging decorations and bits of foliage from it to re-create this look.

Rustic style Christmas decorations by B&Q

(Image credit: B&Q)

And if you can’t manage hanging a forest from your ceiling, try wrapping some evergreen around you headboard instead for a similar, more low maintenance effect. We'd go fake though – pine needles in your bed = ouch!

Festive bedroom by Neptune

(Image credit: Neptune)

8. Check out Ikea for Scandi Christmas decorations (obv)

You can get creative with paper and scissors to make your own paper stars or you could definitely cheat with these decorations from Ikea . They come in the very Scandi friendly shades of white and red so you can't really go wrong...

Dining table decorated for Christmas with a Scandi theme and LED star lights overhead

(Image credit: Ikea)

9. Opt for a monochrome theme

In keeping with the whole minimal mantra, try sticking to a monochrome scheme this Christmas. Just balance out the black and white with various hues of grey and add in some wood accents or just bring in a few boughs of fir (or a John Lewis & Partners pine garland would do the trick). 

White star hanging

10. Go traditional Scandi

So far we have been all about the monochrome and the neutral but you could try out a more traditional Nordic look and introduce some colour (when we say colour we do basically mean red). These gorgeous hand embroidered decorations are from Jan Constantine but Ikea are also great for more traditional decorations. 

Nordic Christmas decorations

(Image credit: Jan Constantine)

11. Add festive feels to furniture 

String ivy over the tops of wardrobes, drape boughs of evergreen along a dresser, tie holly to kitchen shelves. As we have said many a time, Scandi Christmas decorations are so much about making use of natural materials, so just adding a few touches of evergreen plus some fairy lights and a scattering of Christmas ornaments to bigger pieces of furniture will give your home a rustic, festive feel. 

Annie Sloan Christmas kitchen dresser painted in Old White

We love this gorgeous dresser painted in Annie Sloan, Old White and dressed up for Christmas

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

12. Give your Christmas table setting a Scandi touch

We know we have gone on a lot about bringing the outside in, but it really is such an effective, inexpensive way to make a space feel more festive. Try strewing your Christmas table with some branches, stems of eucalyptus and pine cones for an on-trend Nordic look. 

We've got plenty more Christmas table setting ideas for all styles if you are looking for some inspiration... 

Nordic style table setting by George Home

All Christmas tableware from George Home

(Image credit: George Home)

13. Add in some warmer hues 

Scandi Christmas decorations don't have to all be about cool wintery tones and monochrome colour schemes. Try adding in some warmer colours – just something as simple as switching up your cushions and throws could add a load of cosy vibes to your living room. All these cushions are from H&M Home so they are a super affordable way to give your space a toasty makeover. 

H&M Home Christmas

(Image credit: H&M )

14. DIY paper decorations for a rustic look 

Christmas dining room

(Image credit: Noa and Nani)

Easiest, DIY Christmas decoration out there. You know how it goes. Get your piece of paper, fold it up and just get chopping into it. Ok, maybe it's a bit more technical than that, here are some steps: 

1.  Start with a square piece of paper, fold it in half diagonally and then fold it in half again to create a smaller triangle.

2. Fold the triangle into three. You can do this by taking one corner of the triangle and fold it into the middle, then take the other corner and fold it over the top.

3. Cut the top off at an angle.

4. Chop into it to create the shapes in your decoration. Use scissors to cut out whatever shapes you fancy. 

5.  Gently open it out and just wait for the ooooh and ahhhhs. 

Alas the beautiful decorations you see above, are not hand made by the Real Homes team (the ones we just made with Post-It notes are far less intricate), but you can cheat and buy them online – no judgment here. 

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