'Tis The Season for Scandinavian Holiday Decor

Scandinavian holiday dining table
credit: House Doctor

If you're used to over-the-top holiday decor overwhelming you with bold, saturated shades of red, green, gold, and silver — and don't even get us started on all of the tinsel — Scandinavian-inspired minimalism may feel like a breath of fresh air. A few sprigs of evergreen can make all of the difference — especially when paired with neutral walls and simple accessories. This holiday season, opt for some festive Nordic magic to transform your home into an awe-inspiring winter wonderland. Check out these Scandinavian Christmas decorations:

1. Themed Gift Tags

Your gifts under the tree should be as picture-perfect as the rest of your Scandi-inspired home. Pair simple wrapping paper with cute gift tags like these adorable minimalist numbers by Andrea from The Beauty Dojo.

2. Minimal Candleholders

This year, skip the gilded or mercury candleholders for your holiday table. This DIY project from Carola over at Vienna Wedekind uses water and an evergreen branch to create a beautiful nature-inspired option.

3. Himmeli Tree

Himmeli geometric ornaments strung with wooden beads on a tree
credit: Pinja Colada

These geometric Himmeli (or traditional Finnish ornaments made out of straw or reeds) and bead strands by Pinja from Pinjacolada are easy to make yourself — all you need are some rye straws, wooden beads, and white paint. String with beads to create a swanky garland that you can wrap around your tree to give it Nordic appeal.

4. Subtle Neutrals

Scandinavian neutral interiors make the perfect backdrop for holiday celebrations. Fill your mantel with creamy pillar candles and choose one bold accent color, like deep navy blue.

5. White-on-white

Struggling to pull together your holiday tablescape? White miniature deer accent a ruffled table runner, white plates, and — of course — white walls give Aimee's dining room scene a winter wonderland feel.

6. Memory-making Advent Calendar

Skip the store-bought advent calendar in favor of this Nordic-inspired number hanging from an evergreen limb. Caitlin over at The Merrythought painted matchboxes for each day. Inside, she hid the names of her relatives and committed to mailing a postcard every day.

7. Hints of Greenery

Glass ornaments with greenery inside
credit: Vtwonen

Not interested in setting up a bulky, Christmas tree in your living room or do you simply lack the cash? This streamlined glass-ornament mobile (find the instructions here) gives a hint of greenery without taking up precious floor space.

8. Small Space Simplicity

There's no need to go overboard in order to feel the holiday spirit. If you're outfitting a small space think minimalist Scandinavian-style: a small tree, a smattering of lights, and a single white star hung in the window.

9. Rustic Maximalism

Not all Scandi-inspired interiors need crisp, perfectly curated white accessories. A bit of rustic decor can add to the overall charm, making your home even cozier for the holidays.

10. Think Pink

Pink accents in a minimal white and gray living room.
credit: Nalle's House

Pink may not be considered a standard seasonal shade, but paired with traditional Scandinavian decor, it makes sense. Add blush accents like Anu from Nalle's House did in her living room to keep your home feeling festive and bright — just take care to not over do it.

11. Eucalyptus-leaf Wreath

Minimal wreaths made from evergreen twigs are, of course, stunning. But this so-simple-it-hurts eucalyptus variety from Riikka over at Weekday Carnival is a to-die-for addition to an all-white, Nordic-chic wall.

12. Ornamental Stars

White star ornaments on bare limbs
credit: Annixen

There's no need to outfit your tree with elaborate, store-bought decorations. White paper stars bring a cheery, seasonal vibe — and can be easily made at home.

13. Ornamental Chandelier

Scandinavian holiday dining table
credit: House Doctor

Decorating for a holiday dinner party? Hang evergreen twigs and your favorite ornaments from the candelabra chandelier to create one-of-a-kind lighting and picture-perfect ambiance.


Jamie Wiebe

Jamie Wiebe

Jamie is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado, who writes about real estate and interior design.