The Swedish approach to Christmas decorations is based around elements that are natural, handmade and always joyful.
For us the winter season has started with local markets, cocktail parties and of course dressing the home for the festivities. Before you start to fill with dread at the prospect of fitting everyone in and getting everything done, we’ve got a few helpful tips to keep things simple but stylish, and of course a little bit Scandi this season.
We’re often told that Christmas has to be themed, but that doesn't necessarily have to be the case. It’s always smart to keep things consistent but doing what you want is satisfying too. If the traditional red, gold and green suits you best, embrace it, but equally if you want a totally blue Christmas (including the tree itself) – then go for it!
As long as you’re having fun whilst keeping things classy (a touch of tacky isn’t always such a bad thing either!) then you’ll be doing just fine.
It’s useful to have three references in mind when approaching your creation. The Swedish approach is based around elements that are natural, handmade and always joyful. Hanging layered wreaths above the table and placing garlands foraged from the outdoors at windowsills are always a good idea, especially when dressed with warm glowing lights and neutral candles.
Taken from our Evening Standard design column, December 2018