2018 Christmas Decorating Trend: Scandinavian Winter

Pare it back and perfect the art of hygge as we take inspiration from the Nordic nations.

Ah, Scandinavia. Home of IKEA and H&M, inventors of LEGO, land of the northern lights and above all; purveyors of minimalistic, clean and modern design.

How do the Scandinavians always get it so right?

A blend of styles from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, Scandi style interiors go way beyond stark minimalism; Scandi homes are light-filled and airy, uncluttered and textural, and a welcoming blend of minimalist design, muted colours and cosy textures making them super cosy and inviting. Scandi style mixes clean lines with warmth and cosiness, creating a modern but homely feel.

You’ll have heard of 2017 and 2018’s trends Hygge and Lagom, and this year we’re feeling the more grown-up, pared-back and rustic vibes of Scandinavian winter decorating.

Think exposed woods, white-washed floors, layers of linens, a neutral palette and plenty of modern, minimalist accessories.

Not quite sure what we mean?

Here’s a few examples of that cosy Scandinavian winter style – and how to recreate the look at home.


Take inspiration from House Doctor and create a mini winter wonderland on your windowsill…

Trees from House Doctor

Or hang a framed print of a past ski holiday or snowy pine forest. Browse photographer Anna-Maija Houtsonen’s (@anna28h) Instagram feed for striking shots of her hometown Kuopio in northern Finland.

Photography by Anna-Maija Houtsonen’s (@anna28h)


Known primarily for its simplicity and connection to the outdoors, Scandinavian design celebrates natural light in a place that can go many months with very little sun.

Having a lot of light in summer but so little of it in winter, Scandinavian homes tend to max out on candles in winter.

Channel the Alpine-inspired chalet look with flickering lanterns, soft sheepskins and a brass candlelit tree.

Light up your Christmas the Swedish way with a tree-shaped candle holder.

Trapp electric candleholder, £31, Scandi Living


Scandinavians are known for their clean and functional design, and many of the world’s design classics are either created or inspired by Scandinavian design.

Hans J Wegner’s CH25 chair is a true icon of Fifties Danish design.

Hans J Wegner’s CH25 chair, £2,455, Carl Hansen & Søn at Skandium


Festive decorations go back to nature in this Scandinavian winter theme.

Feather hanging cones, £7.50 each, Design Vintage at House Doctor

Embrace quirky decorating ideas but stick to mostly natural materials.

Tori Deco bird, £11; and metal Filou candlestick, £24 for three, Broste Copenhagen


Take rustic Christmas decorating up a notch with a paired-back, all-white theme.

Bud & Beaded wreaths, £50 each, The White Company

For a more dramatic take, choose an Icelandic palette of icy whites with hints of Narnia.

Cox & Cox’s gilt metal angel wings, £225 per pair


Layer irresistibly soft Scandi-style linens to create an inviting sleeping space.

H&M Home for similar bedlinen, from £40

Layer wool and linen cushions and throws for a seductive sofa to sink into on wintery nights.

Ottoman in Berlin BER4 linen-mix in Granite, £235m; cushion, top, in Berlin BER3 linen wool in Mortar, £235m; and throw in Cobbles COB5 linen in Mineral, £230m; all from fabric house de La Cuona

Offset moody blues with dusty pinks for a chic winter palette.

Lake Stripe and Lake Brush cushion covers, from approx £30 each, Tine K Home


Add even more texture with a reindeer hide, sheepskin, or mohair throw.

Hunker down with the Ervá reindeer hide rug, £180, Jord Home

Scandi homes are made extra warm and cosy in cold, dark winter months through tactile textures and plenty of natural materials.

Designer Raf Simon’s range for Danish textile house Kvadrat goes big on texture – Argo 2-112 mohair fabric, £466m.

A faux fur shawl hits that perfect note between cosy and glamorous.

Danish fashionista By Malene Birger keeps it chic with charcoal greys and faux-fur details – Furmax collar, £1,065.


Whitewashed flooring, untreated woods and neutral linens are a must for capturing the relaxed Nordic aesthetic.

Head to the New & Reclaimed Flooring Co for whitewashed flooring – Beach Bone engineered wood flooring, £96sq m


Soft pastels and greys work particularly well in this pared-back, serene scheme.

Here, traditional barn doors bring an English twist to a Nordic palette.


Scandi design is defined by super clean and minimalistic lines.

BoConcept’s autumn/winter 2017 collection, in stores only, includes ceramics in neutral tones – Icing vases, from £30 each.

Go for modern, understated design in home accessories and tech.

Vifa’s wireless speakers, each named after the five Scandinavian capitals – Pebble Grey Oslo Bluetooth loudspeaker, £400, Opumo.

And capture the true essence of Scandinavia with a pine scented candle.

Skandinavisk scented candle from £14, Trouva.

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