Decorating for Christmas Part 1: Scandinavian style

Decorating your home in the iconic Scandinavian style comes down to one notion: minimalism. 

For those who love the simplicity in things, in layouts and designs, and want to avoid overcrowding their homes by decking the halls with too many boughs of holly, the Northmen’s styling comes at help.

And the concept of minimalism doesn’t just mean fewer objects, but expands to notions such as colors, shapes and, why not, fabrics. Minimalism gives a sense of unity and it takes a refined eye to appreciate the beauty in the simple things.

In terms  of Scandinavian inspired Christmas decor, beyond the simplicity lays a certain kind of sophistication. The fabrics are natural, the motifs are nature-inspired, from reindeers to trees, from birds to shining stars. Choosing to decorate in this style means adding a sense of increased coziness, like in a mountain lodge, or achieve what is known as hygge.

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All natural: natural fabrics, neutral colors, plenty of natural light.
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Wooden houses via https://adorable-home.com/christmas-decoration/norwegian-christmas-decoration-3652

LESS IS MORE

Declutter, declutter, declutter.

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Again, less was more http://stilinspiration.elledecoration.se/nordic-winter-moods/

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MINIMAL COLOR SCHEME

The color scheme ranges neutrals, white, black (sometimes), definitely a green focal point, and a touch of contrasting red (but not necessarily).

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Minimalist color scheme and use of shapes http://www.saladdays.ca/blog/2014/12/7/a-guide-to-a-scandinavian-christmas
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Black-and-white only, for the “ultra-minimalists”
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Black and white again Via https://www.kristimurphy.com/blog/diy-christmas-tree-garland

A TOUCH OF NATURE

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All natural everything Via apartmenttherapy.com
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Natural, possibly handmade leafy garlands. Via http://onekindesign.com/2013/11/22/73-brilliant-scandinavian-christmas-decorating-ideas/

 

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