48 Swedish Christmas Decorating Ideas

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My favorite style of holiday and Christmas decorating

is a mix of Swedish, Nordic, Scandinavian, Northern

European, Belgian and French, probably because

I grew up surrounded by Swedes, and our family

home during the holidays sparkled with many of

the Christmas decorations you will see below.

 

 

While Americans tend to deck their halls with

‘more is more’ visions dancing in their heads,

Swedish style conservatively leans toward

the spare end of the spectrum with liberal

doses of beautiful snowy white.

 

Swedish Christmas decor

often reflects these 5 characteristics:

 

1.

Subtle.

 

No jarring multi-colored light strings

or dark wood stained anything.

Feathery soft and whispered, please.

 

2.

Simple.

 

A simple fresh green garland hung by a ribbon

is more fitting than a heavily bedazzled and flocked wreath.

 

3.

Spare.

 

Clutter can be overstimulating,

and places for the eye to rest

create calm.

 

4.

Romantic.

 

A quiet sigh is a more likely response

than a wide-eyed WOW.

 

5.

Natural.

 

Natural elements reflect a frugality

and a desire for rusticity to balance

so much feminine elegance.

 

Are you ready for dozens of delicious Nordic/Scandinavian

spaces and moments of beauty ready to serve as the backdrop

for precious holiday memories and to inspire us to get merry?

 

I have sprinkled in some of my own creations and

photos (you may recognize my tranquil style)

to round out the plethora of Christmas inspiration.

 

Plus!

A bonus Swedish Cookie Recipe is hiding

within the Nordic inspiration…YUM!

 

(image above: via willow decor)

 

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1.

Combine an informal mix of candlesticks,

a scrubbed wood vintage table,

and a galvanized pot with a

mini Christmas tree for

simple lovely.

 

 

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My Scandinavian Home

 

2.

Look at what just a few colors

can do to bring a calm but festive

spirit to a room!

 

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3.

Bring out that old faded vintage quilt

for wintry days and subtle color.

 

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3.

Mass brown paper packages tied up with string

and well-loved toys in quiet hues near the tree.

 

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4.

Venture outside to gather a few branches

to shape into simple, but large scale stars.

 

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Carolina Fagerqvist

 

5.

Fresh greenery need not be blinged-out

to be charmingly decorative.

 

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Skandihome

 

6.

Bake a batch of Pepparkakor Cookies that I grew up with

using this delicious recipe (they’re like gingersnaps).

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1/2 CUP molasses

1/2 CUP sugar

1/2 CUP butter

1/2 TEASPOON vanilla

1 egg, beaten well

2 1/2 CUPS sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 TEASPOON salt

1/4 TEASPOON baking soda

1/2 TEASPOON ginger

1/2 TEASPOON cinnamon

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Heat molasses in small saucepan to boiling.

Boil 1 minute.

Add sugar and butter; stir until butter is melted.

Cool.

Beat in vanilla and egg.

Sift flour, salt, soda, and spices.

Mix wet and dry ingredients thoroughly.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 3 hours or more.

 

Preheat oven to 350.

Roll a portion of dough on lightly floured pastry cloth til thin.

Cut into desired shapes…I like hearts best.

Bake 6-8 minutes.

Cool and store in airtight container.

 

Alternatively, purchase

a tin of Swedish Pepparkakor from Hemslojd

and decorate the Pepparkakor with icing

(these are the real deal baked in Sweden,

and I have been devouring them for years!).

 

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ByMildred

 

7.

Remove window treatments from a sunny

window and take time to notice the

changing season.

 

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8.

Light a simple candle on an old sled.

 

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Vitthusmedvitaknutar

 

9.

Create a dramatic centerpiece by

unifying mismatched candlesticks

and a simple wood tray

with white paint and a little distressing…

add a few winter branches for contrast.

 

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My Scandinavian Home

 

10.

Add furry cozy comfort to dining chairs.

 

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Vitaranunkler

 

11.

Turn a Shaker-style peg rack on its side

and add a wee lovely wreath.

 

 

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12.

Think beyond traditional pine

greenery…peek at the possibilities

right outside your door.

 

 

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Marianne Dekkers

 

13.

Hand-letter a simple GOD JUL on red

for a cheery red greeting which will

feel at home just about anywhere.

(Merry Christmas in Swedish)

 

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14.

Bring on the red and white stripes,

toiles, checks, and florals.

 

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15.

Tuck simple evergreen branches into

clear glass jars…so clean and minimal!

 

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16.

For a small space, create a Christmas tree

on the wall and string with white lights

and mini ornaments or pinecones.

 

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17.

Decorate a tree with a red heart motif.

 

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18.

Suspend berry mini wreaths from festive

checked ribbon in the windows.

 

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My Scandinavian Home

 

19.

Arrange the flatware in a new style

and watch the smiles appear.

 

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20.

Arrange photos of family and friends

in the shape of a Christmas tree in an

entry or area where guests can admire it.

 

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Homemydesign

 

21.

Paint a door red, if only for the season!

 

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NordicDesign

 

22.

Silhouette beautiful branches in a window

and string on a few simple bulbs.

 

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23.

Plan a candlelight dinner with a fancy table

even if it’s just for the family

(…and notice the clove-studded oranges

which were a childhood tradition in my family).

 

 

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24.

Make friends with white on white.

 

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Jolijolidesign

 

25.

Nail together a simple rustic

country Christmas tree.

 

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Anna Truelsen

 

26.

Let your spirits be brightened with

a cheerfully colorful rug.

 

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Skandihome

 

27.

Decorate mantels and shelves

with the iconic handpainted

Dala horse.

 

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Row House Nest

 

28.

Put a collection of clear vintage

bottles to use as candleholders.

 

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Inspired Deco

 

29.

Hang a fragrant wreath at each

seat at the Christmas dining table.

 

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Biskopsgarden

 

30.

A simple bough hung on an armoire

can sing in a bedroom

 

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31.
Set up a snack/dessert station outside of the kitchen
beginning with a small white table.

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32.

Decorate the tree with over-scaled white spheres.

(This is a Texas home with all the sensibilities

that feel Swedish to me.)

 

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33.

Tuck little giftboxes in unexpected places as reminders

that the big day is coming.

 

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34.

Make a cozy wooly pom pom wreath inspired by

the handknitted slippers your Swedish Gram

used to make for your chilled tootsies.

(I’m sure you recognize my creations and photo.)

 

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35.

Fill a vintage wire laundry basket with

tissue poufs and a strand of fairy lights.

(Also yours truly.)

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36.
Bring out the vintage European pink pointe shoes
that trigger memories of sugar plum fairies
and a night at the ballet.
(my photo)

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37.
Juxtapose a modern wallcovering and contemporary art
with a traditional white Christmas tree and Midcentury magic.

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38.
Scour the antique mall for vintage, well-loved
toys and bring them out during the holidays.

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39.
Set out colorful compotes and bowls of goodies
on the coffee table.

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40.
Show your love for red and white and reindeer all over.

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41.
Create a clothesline for stockings
whether you have a mantel or not!

 

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42.
Just imagine the conversation that could occur here
in the orbital, sheepy, scandi mix.

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43.
Look for vintage Swedish candleholders painted
in bright cheery red.

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Paulina Temmes

44.
Dress your critters in embroidered finery.

 

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45.
Keep the color scheme neutral with white, green, and gold.

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46.
Let your white farmhouse table get votive happy.

 

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47.
Bring on the free greenery just outside your window.

 

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48.
Collect vintage glass Christmas ornaments
to display in a bowl.

 

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Are you Swedish style lovers still with me?

Find any great holiday decorating ideas to get
you motivated to deck your halls?

I can’t get enough of the romance and simple lovely
Scandinavia brings to holiday decor and the everyday.
I am so grateful my childhood was filled with Swedish
aesthetics and traditions I can carry on to this day.

Stay tuned for more Scandinavian wonder
from my home to yours!

 

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9 Comments

  1. November 30, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Beautiful collection! I pinned away!! Thank you!!

    • December 3, 2016 / 3:16 am

      thanks for touring and pinning! xox

  2. December 1, 2016 / 7:30 am

    amazing collection , i love these things so

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    • December 3, 2016 / 3:17 am

      thanks for visiting. peace to you.

  3. December 3, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Hands down this is my favorite decorating style in any season and you have shared so many gorgeous images – I have scrolled this post over and over and each time find something fresh and exciting in the examples. Beautifully done Michele and thank you for this inspiration. Absolutely perfectly perfect my friend!

    • December 4, 2016 / 4:46 am

      you are so kind, friend. i love bluecupboard style!

  4. December 3, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    You so inspire me! I love the Swedish Christmas, my favorite is Paulina Temmes, but love it all!

    • December 4, 2016 / 4:46 am

      and you inspire me! merci, holly.

  5. December 13, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I never thought I would love Swedish design for Christmas. But this is beautiful!

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