Cosy Scandi Christmas decorating ideas I’ve saved on Instagram

I love how social media feeds always turn into a winter wonderland whenever December rolls around – from the latest festive decorating ideas for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms to snowy snaps of dreamy outdoors. Aaah, one can dream of a white Christmas, right?

Now, one of the biggest trends I’ve spotted on Instagram this year is the Scandi Christmas theme. Intrigued? Think bundles of slim twigs, evergreen foliage, smooth silver and golden accents, paper and metal hanging decorations, plus rustic and felt textures – all on a neutral backdrop with subtle pops of deep red and sage green to complement the colour palette.

If you want to put a modern spin on the traditional Christmas aesthetic this year, then try this minimalist Nordic approach.

Swap classic plaid fabrics with faux fur and boucle in neutral shades, retire sparkly tinsel and dress your tree in fairy lights, acorn and pinecone baubles – plus, frost a couple tree branches and the welcoming wreaths with a special snow spray.

Felt and wooden hanging decorations are also a go-to when recreating this look, together with oversized paper stars hanging from pendant lights or handy ceiling hooks.

So, before putting up your Christmas tree this year and going all-out on festive décor, take a look at these pared-back festive schemes to get inspired…

@our_new_walls
A great way to take your dining setup to the next level and create a focal point is to hang a bunch of branches above your table, like Alexa did, on clever ceiling hooks. After you’ve got yours set in place, pick and hang your favourite decorations for an extra festive touch. For your tablescape, go for linen textures in neutral shades and co-ordinate your crockery and candle holders to your decorations. Add a fresh pop of colour through red or green candlesticks – and voilà, you’re now ready to indulge in all Christmas treats.
@ahousewebuilt
You can never go wrong with chic wreaths embellished with tiny pine cones, white berries and brass bells – then, dress your headboard with simple green foliage to match the look. Keep a similar, nature-inspired colour palette for your bedding but add to the tactile experience through textures like quilt and faux fur to recreate the true Scandi Christmas theme.
@gold_is_a_neutral
Gold cutlery, white crockery and shimmery napkins – Jess definitely nailed her tablescaping for the festive season. The tall cream candle sticks lay on the table runner base to help add depth, while the modern and neutral decorative trees perfectly match the wooden salt and pepper mills. To finish off the look, chic foliage with red berries is weaved throughout the table décor.
@my_midcenturymakeover
Hung paper decorations are rising in popularity this winter. With each scroll on Instagram, there’s more and more popping up on my feed – and I love it! Be it resembling snow flakes or chic bauble-like, paper décor comes in a multitude of shapes and colours, and you can really add dimension to your kitchen or bedroom this way. Gemma paired hers with white Scandi Christmas decorations on the island and modern foliage on the mantel.
@nest_twenty_eight
Cosy textures are perfect for adding that extra layer of comfort to your space – be it through a statement rug, soft throws or fluffy cushions. Lucinda created a warm and welcoming dining area, ideal for gathering the family together this festive season, complete with a rustic industrial table and cool metal chairs hugged by sheepskin-like seat covers.
@kajastef
Does anything feel more cosy than putting on the fire and getting comfy on the sofa to watch a Christmas film with a hot choc? I thought so. With a neutral colour palette, greenery and seasonal aromatherapy you can design the ideal relaxing spot this winter. But for that Scandi-inspired feel, choose a Fir tree with subtly sparse or thin branches to nail the look and keep the decorations minimal.
@the_hollies_
Spice up your boot room or hallway to welcome your guests with an abundance of comfy textures in neutral tones. Next up, hang pine branches to bring nature in and keep orange, cranberry and cinnamon potpourri in a pretty trinket dish to indulge in that winter scent. And as for the finishing touch, place a woven storage basket near the entry, filled with hats, gloves and scarves, to have on hand and quickly grab when running out the door. Chic and practical – no more freezing, thank you!
@mysimple.home
Give your cloakroom, guest bathroom or ensuite a quick update for the holidays with festive décor and ornaments on your oak open shelves – be it tiny trees, reindeer figures or frosted storage jars. If you’ve got plenty of space available, why not include a small potted tree in a plain corner or on your vanity countertop? I bet these simple decorations will make you smile and get into the holiday spirit whenever you’re enjoying a bubbly soak or prepping your night routine.
@melanieamccrindle
Got a smaller tree? No problem! Melanie cleverly put hers under the spotlight by popping it on a Scandi-style side table. It features crisp white snowflakes, stars and unique ornaments and a touch of golden baubles. To fill up the space, she placed honeycomb paper decorations, matching the legs of the table – so pretty.
@sjf_home
Not forgetting about the outdoors either – if you want to move the Christmas party outside, you need a comfy seating solution, together with the right lighting to set the atmosphere. Layer warm wall and pendant lights, plus lanterns and tiny candles for the ultimate cosy feeling. A Fir tree, decorated with only fairylights, or a nice wreath are a must for that festive finishing touch.
Bonus points if you have a compact fire pit to toast marshmallows – close your eyes and you’re at a cosy ski chalet.

In need of more decorating ideas? Check out these festive ideas.

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