Looking for a simple but sophisticated way to decorate your holiday home? Try a Scandinavian theme. We share the details that make this living room celebrate Scandinavian style.


Scandinavian style has been enjoying its time in the spotlight for a while now (hello, IKEA!) because of its clean lines and calming simplicity. Carry that minimal design over to Christmastime with these ideas. A classic Scandinavian color palette includes white and just one other color. For the holidays, it's red: Think bakers twine and peppermint candies. Organic elements, particularly natural wood, are also a hallmark of this look. See how a few easy tweaks to this living room become a stunning nod to Scandinavian style. 

Magical Mantel


Gathering around a crackling fire is essential when you live in the cold north, so make your mantel stand out this season. A vase of winter flowers, such as paperwhites, add life and will last throughout the holidays. A collection of wooden Swedish Dala horses arranged next to the vase adds an unexpected touch. They are traditionally hand-painted and hand-carved, and the cheery bright red shown here is a characteristic design. (If you don't have any or don't want to buy them, you can sew your own Dala horse ornament!).

To complete the look, simple hurricane candleholders flank either side of the accessories. Keep things personal by using leftover mantel space to display cards from family and friends. Stockings hang below on discreet nails and carry on the red-and-white color scheme.

Trimming the Tree

arrangement of traditional Scandinavian ornaments, including salt snowflakes, straw ornaments, and Dala horses, on cork tray

To decorate the tree, opt for cozy felt ornaments, salt snowflakes, traditional wheat or straw bundles, and wood bead ornaments that won't weigh down the branches. They're a nod to the natural elements that Scandinavian style is known for, and they're kid and pet safe. You can also make your own complementary wood bead garland for the tree or mantel. For the gifts under the tree, use wrapping paper to help set the scene. Try paper with a seasonal nature motif, such as stags, bears, or holly berries. Keep the patterns cohesive by finishing each present with simple ribbon or bakers twine.

All in the Details

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For an easy holiday update that doesn't take up space, swap out any lampshades to a festive red. Do you have a living room nook, side shelf, or bookcase? Dress it up with an arrangement of moss and extra theme ornaments nestled in a cork or wood bowl. Natural elements like these keep this simple style from looking dreary or lifeless. A striped throw pillow and red mirror or photo frames help tie the room together with bonus pops of color.

Coffee Table Candies

rustic living room decorated for Christmas in Scandinavian style

Dress up the coffee table with a trio on a tray—a vase of colorful candy cane carnations, a bowl of peppermints, and a third dish filled with surprise candy. You can quickly move the tray out of the way when entertaining, and your guests will enjoy the thoughtful treats.


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