In the countries of the far north where the winters are incredibly long and cold, people have learned to take what could be quite a dark time, and transform it into a time of light and good cheer. There is a Danish concept called hygge, which roughly translates to mean creating a warm and cozy atmosphere in your home, and enjoying time with family and friends. Delightful, right? I love adopting a Scandinavian approach to winter, and you can, too: it’s all about light, coziness, nature, and a bit of sparkle.
Key elements of Scandinavian style winter decorating:
- Sheepskins flung over chairs for warmth (faux is perfectly acceptable!)
- Knitted accessories
- Natural birch bark
- Star motifs
- Clean and simple black and white color palette
- Loads of candles
- Potted bulbs like amaryllis and paperwhites
The beauty of Scandinavian or Nordic style decorating is that it’s based heavily in nature and simplicity. This is especially great around the holidays if you are craving a simpler approach. Consider forgoing the store-bought gift wrap in favor of plain kraft paper fastened with twine. To decorate each room, place a small fresh-cut tree or cluster of evergreen branches in a vase on the floor or table, and hang stars cut from bark or wool felt. Instead of baking ten kinds of cookies, bake one batch of gingerbread and decorate it with white icing. Simple!
Of course, another key part of embracing a Scandinavian sensibility at this time of year is to enjoy getting outside in nature…and then coming indoors to warm up with hot drinks and tasty cakes! So bundle up and go for the sled ride, take a walk in the woods, or gather round a fire pit in the backyard. Find the beauty in this time of year.
If you would like to bring some Nordic style into your home this season, I recommend keeping the palette simple with soothing shades of gray, cream, black, and white. Above are a few of my favorite pieces: a silky soft gray area rug, gorgeous wintery photo print, chunky knit pillow, and cozy faux fur rug for tossing on your favorite chair.
Now it’s your turn: Share your favorite thing about wintertime in the Comments!
Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Textured Pillow in light gray; 2. Gordon Semmens ‘Buffalo River Snow Field’; 3. Loloi Grayson Animal Shape Rug in graphite; 4. Artistic Weavers Silk Route Rainey rug in light gray.
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