Christmas: Monochrome Decorating Ideas
With a focus on neutral hues and natural textures, a pared-back, Scandi-style Christmas offers a cool alternative to tinsel and trees
By focusing on pale hues, natural textures and bold typography, many Scandinavians create festive spaces without compromising their all-year-round interiors style. Here are some easy-to-replicate tips to bring Nordic style to your home this Christmas.
Glitzy Christmas baubles look beautiful on traditional trees, but there’s something very special about paring everything back to tree branches and the simplest of decorative shapes, such as these white stars. This large branch is secured by a heavy glass vase and complemented by both candle light and twinkling fairy lights, creating a chic but festive display.
Who says Christmas can’t extend to the kitchen? Add some fun to your cooking zone with small decorations that add a festive flavour without taking over the space. Here, a fawn under a cloche is teamed with the tiniest of Christmas trees and some cute decorations hanging from a single branch for a stylish take on the theme.
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Raw wood, distressed metal and bare brick are go-tos for a Scandi vibe. So this large star looks at home by this log pile, adding a touch of Christmas magic to the naturally rustic aesthetic.
Add some festive spirit to the kitchen with a tablecloth that nods to the season without going over the top. This stylish and functional black star design is a cool way to do a twinkling look, while the subtle fairy lights down the wall add just the right amount of sparkle.
Try properly banishing all the Christmas colours and stick to a grey, black and white palette for a minimal look. This Jingle Bells banner, along with the tree print cushions and postcards, makes for a calm yet cheerful look.
Browse monochrome schemes that celebrate cool contrast
It’s common for Scandi homes to be painted entirely in white in order to maximise light during the long, dark winters. In addition to boosting light, though, a white palette means that anything you hang will be the main focus of a room – like this DIY star, which holds all attention on this bare landing.
Forget traditional Christmas trees: why not pop some dried tree branches in a vase and hang some oversized stars from them? It’s simple and quick and puts all the focus on the striking star decorations.
Sometimes all you need to feel festive is flickering candlelight. This chic room relies on a single wreath and simple candlelight to warm the room and inject some Christmas cheer.
By stripping everything back, our focus is on this lush, moss wreath and the industrial light wrapped around this bleached tree branch. Simple and striking.
With four little letters on some string, we instantly know which season we’re celebrating! Small details like this can be achieved very easily with a sheet of paper and a pair of scissors. This DIY bunting hangs from an easy-to-make wooden tree, but could equally well be stuck on a wall, strung across the corner of a mirror or hung along a banister.
Do you have a favourite way to decorate your home at Christmas? Share your tips and photos in the Comments below.