Here's How You Can Create a Holiday Tablescape, Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tablescape
credit: Caroline Burke

If your taste leans more toward minimalism than maximalism, this moody and romantic Scandinavian-style tablescape is a perfect option for your winter gatherings. The palette is muted and atmospheric, inspired by all the things we love when cold weather arrives. (Think cozy dark nights with roaring fires and serious candlelight vibes.) Once you've gathered together the main elements, it doesn't take much effort to set up this seasonal Insta-worthy table.

Christmas Tablescape
credit: Caroline Burke

Things You'll Need

Use natural elements.

Scandinavian Christmas Tablescape
credit: Caroline Burke

A linen tablecloth lends an instant sense of occasion, we've used a muted earthy tone to set the groundwork for our table. If budget is an issue, consider buying heavy cotton or linen by the yard or roll — it's generally less expensive to buy by the meter, and the unfinished edges lend to the rustic elements of the table setting. We like the slightly organic look of creased fabric for this type of settling, so put the iron away — think natural rather than polished.

Take a few branches of fresh foliage and casually place them along the center of the table to create a natural runner. You can usually buy spruce or eucalyptus at your local florist. (Or, if you're lucky, forage some from your garden.)

Pick monochromatic tableware.

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tablescape
credit: Caroline Burke

We like to use an eclectic mix of tableware in complementary colors to create an informal feel. In a nod to classic Scandinavian style, we've opted for a monochrome palette. If you're using white plates, consider adding some darker accents in the form of small bowls or side plates. Gray or black napkins make a striking impact, while gold colored cutlery adds a touch of festive luxury.

Enhance ambiance with candlelight.

Scandi Inspired Christmas Tablescape
credit: Caroline Burke

Nothing creates an instant sense of intimacy and atmosphere like candlelight — it's the key to a cozy feeling around the table. For visual interest and added warmth, mix tapered candles with smaller votives or pillar candles across the table.

Add vertical interest.

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tablescape
credit: Caroline Burke


When you're setting out your candles, use candlesticks of varying heights to break up the symmetry . This takes your eyes on a journey along the table.

Tips

If your candle holders are all the same height, break or cut some of your tapered candles in half before lighting them to fake the effect of varying height.

Make the centerpiece asymmetrical.

Festive Tablescape
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When adding the candles, work outwards from the center, weaving them in among the greenery. Try to keep the arrangement loose and organic, not neat and symmetrical.

Tips

Invest in a small string of battery powered fairy lights that you can tuck under and around the greenery for an extra hygge points.

Build texture and interest with final flourishes.

Scandinavian Christmas Tablescape
credit: Caroline Burke

Now you can add some finishing touches to your centerpiece. Scatter pine cones along the length of the table — and remember, we're aiming for a "just tumbled off the tree" look so don't place them too strategically. Also, add some black, white, or glass Christmas decorations as additional festive adornment.

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tablescape
credit: Caroline Burke

Finally, add glassware to finish your Scandi-inspired holiday tablescape.

Happy celebrating!


Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and desi... more