Everything You Need For The Perfect Scandi Christmas
Mini Christmas Trees
Same goes for lights, you can never have too many. Small tiny Christmas trees as people enter your front door, they don't even need to be heavily decorated to look the part. A great alternative for small apartments too. Photo: home-lust.com
While we enjoy a classic Christmas and have great fun with a kitsch alternative – think sparkly flamingo decorations and the likes – our hearts belong to the contemporary, Scandi-inspired Christmas. One of the easiest looks to create (by virtue of the fact that this minimal aesthetic requires very little) this idea of a pared back Christmas is what all of the best high street stores are currently embracing. For this, you’re moving entirely away from red, choosing very natural colours and textures. White is a prominent colour as is gold and copper or brass. There’s nothing particularly loud or in your face about this look but when you hone in on something, you’re surprised by the detail. Think lots and lots of tiny fairy lights, indulgent faux fur and champagne-coloured decorations. Sequins and sparkles have also been known to feature in small doses.
Browse our gallery for all the inspiration you need to create the perfect GAFF Scandi Christmas and behold, the eight style tips that seal the deal.
Laid back soft furnishings
Add a festive cushion into the mix but keep the colour in tone with the rest of your scatter cushions. If you’re a white and grey enthusiast, this subtle sequined stag will fit in nicely.
Go nuts on geometrics
Whether it’s a tree decoration or a candle holder, sharp clean lines are where it’s at. The Christmas tree shape features prominently in Scandi decor for this very reason. And paper, all things paper.
And while you’re at it, go nuts on fairy lights
You can never have too many, you just can’t.
Super dainty garlands
The kind of thing you could keep up all year round, to be honest.
Plenty of greenery
Embrace greenery wholeheartedly at this time of year, choosing plants that thrive indoors. Even your succulents will be happy to be jazzed up with some fairy lights.
A faux fur rug/throw
There’s no avoiding it, Christmas is the sheepskin’s time to shine. Revel in it, we say.
While that one is the real deal from an actual ‘Icelandic Longhair Rarebreed’, we did get our hands on an incredible fakey at Sostrene & Grene for €17.95. We bought two.
Candles. But, like, times a thousand.
Candles are a given at GAFF for all 12 months of the year, but at Christmas, we up the ante (running all kinds of fire hazard risks) to get that Scandi glow. Your cosiness levels should be off the charts (if from the heat of the flames if nothing else). Christmas is a great time to go wild with candle holders and again, these can be investments that stay on display long after New Year. That’s what we love so much about this contemporary kind of Christmas; it’s just taking what you have and enhancing it. A few quirky candle holders of varying heights all grouped together can make for an excellent centerpiece.
Interesting, muted tree decorations
When it comes to your tree decorations, think outside the box of the traditional spherical bauble. Embrace nature, especially this little dude.
Pinterest-paradise Christmas cards
Look no further than Irish brand Dusty Boy Designs whose Christmas cards will make your font dreams come true…
And Ohh Deer are our go to for a humorous (yet still very minimalist) take on the festive period.
Our favourite stockists for Scandi Christmas style
Meadows & Byrne
Helen James in Dunnes
Red Earth (Beacon Quarter)
April and the Bear