Modern Scandinavian Christmas Decorating Inspiration

December 19, 2014 Katja Presnal

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If you would like your Christmas to look picture perfect from Scandinavian catalogs, here is some visual inspiration for you how to make it happen from a few Nordic brands. Less is more in the Scandinavian look, and while many opt for less and less color, there are a few colorful surprises for you, especially from Marimekko of Finland. Do you like the minimalistic Scandinavian look for your Holidays, or do you prefer little bit more when it comes to Christmas decorating?

Christmas inspiration from Marimekko from Finland

I promised some color… Marimekko shows that Christmas doesn’t have to be plain, nor red and green.

marimekko-christmas-2014-table setting
Here: lamppupampula blue and golden fabric matched with Marimekko’s dishes.

finnish style christmas table set with marimekko fabrics

Christmas table can also be yellow! Here: Fandango sateen fabric, Oiva tableware and Sukat Makkaralla tumblers (in yellow) & stemware.

marimekkos colorful christmas table setting

The Fandango sateen fabric looks even better in red, here mixed with Sukat makkaralla stemware and Oiva plates.

marimekko winter 2015

More yellow and blue with Lamppupampula print apron, table clothe and tea towels.

bright colors of marimekko for christmas

The Pieni Vanhakaupunki products bring more traditional red for Christmas.

Christmas Inspiration from H&M from Sweden

H&M Home did some serious glitz and glimmer last Christmas with sequins, fake fur and gold and silver. This year isn’t an exception, but it is toned down a tad from last year.

glitz and glimmer

See – the white and grey isn’t so boring anymore when you glam it up for the Holidays?

Scandinavian modern Christmas table setting from H&M

I also like the addition of black in small quantities.

Christmas glimmer Scandinavian way from H&M

Christmas decorating can really be this effortless.

Christmas stars in minimal Christmas table setting by H&M

H&M combines very nicely the traditional Swedish countryside with modern minimalism with the golden stars and grey linen fabrics.

simple Christmas table from H&M Sweden

And two more pictures of the modern Scandinavian country style…

modern country christmas in sweden

It’s cheery, semi-minimalistic, and homey!

scandinavian modern country christmas

Out of all… this is my favorite look. It’s cozy, simple, yet little bit boho chic.
HM christmas scandinavian home

Christmas Inspiration from Iittala from Finland

Designer Alfredo Häberli was invited by Iittala to share his Christmas memories and secrets of creating the perfect Christmas. Häberli designed a special Christmas pattern for Iittala, which has been applied to paper napkins, tea towels, coasters and wrapping paper.

Häberli has designed a special Christmas pattern which has been applied to paper napkins, tea towels, coasters and wrapping paper.

The Christmas print is fun and brings color to the Holidays.

iittala christmas 2014

I always set my Christmas table with Iittala’s dishes, but I think this inspirational picture from Iittala is too minimal for the Holidays, and I can’t imagine setting a Christmas table without a tablecloth for example.

iittala scandinavian christmas

IKEA’s Christmas from Sweden

IKEA makes Swedish countryside modern and fresh. But notice – the tablecloth is missing here too? Obviously I am too old fashioned for this new trend.

ikea country christmas

Here is another Christmas-look from IKEA – again, without a tablecloth!

ikea simple christmas

IKEA brings a new look to very traditional Scandinavian straw Christmas goat by painting it red.

ikea straw decor

… and also glams the table up!

simple ikea table setting for the holidays

Christmas Inspiration from Rie Elise Larsen from Denmark

The Danish Christmas inspiration comes from Rie Elise Larsen – I know, not as globally known brand as the others, and their product collection is quite small compared to the others too. Their main product is believe it nor: paper products, but the collection currently also includes: tea towels, textiles, lamps and hooks/hangers.

danish christmas decor from rie elise larsen

Scandinavians love crafting, and pay attention to the detail – like for Christmas gift wrapping!

simple minimalistic christmas decor from Denmark

Simple stars and origimi stars mixed with natural elements are easy way to bring Scandinavian Christmas feel to your table setting.

table setting simple

I also love the paper ornaments in the tree.

paper ornaments

Shop for some Scandinavian favorites.

PHOTOS: by the manufacturers: Marimekko, H&M, IKEA, Iittala and by Rie Elise Larsen.

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Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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