A Scandi-inspired Christmas

For today's edition of #12DaysOfBlogmas, we are taking a break from the shopping spree the first 2 posts were and thinking about one of my other favourite parts of Christmas - decorating your home. I was looking at Ikea's festive lifestyle images recently (trying to plan the ridiculous amount of Christmas content I have decided to do) and they are all crazy inspiring so I thought I would share some of my favourites. Even if you don't borrow any idea from them, these images are stylish and festive enough to get even the grinchiest of human in the mood for Christmas!

Here are 6 ideas to borrow from Ikea this Christmas…

1. GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR TREE

Everyone has their own was of decorating a Christmas tree. Some people like big colourful lights and lots of tinsel and others like trees tinsel-free and adorned with fancy ornaments. Whatever your taste, there is always room for a bit of creativity when decorating your tree. I am not saying you have to make it float but an unusual colour scheme or some hand-made ornaments will make it stand out to your nosey neighbours. 

2. THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR ANOTHER TREE

Not everyone has massive hallways or living rooms that they can put real 8 foot trees there is always room for one somewhere. You can fit a tree on any wall or cupboard with a bit of creative thinking and a set of fairy lights. Last year, I wrote a list of 7 alternative Christmas trees all of which save a bit of space which you can read here.

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3. CLASSICS ARE CLASSICS FOR A REASON

It is always tempting to mix things up and go all monochrome or even neon colours with your decorating but nothing says Christmas quite like red and green. A real green tree, covered in gold and red baubles and surrounded by brown paper packages tied up with string - that's Christmas!

4. THE SIMPLE IDEAS ARE OFTEN THE BEST

Not everyone has time to spend days and days decorating their home for Christmas but luckily the simplest ideas are often also the most effective. On paper it doesn't seem like taking a branch, putting it in a vase of water and hanging some decorations from it would work but it does! And if you don't have any creepy santa heads at your disposal then baubles will have the same effect.

5. THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A CLASSY DIY

For many, paper Christmas decorations are something we stop making after we leave primary school but with a bit of creativity can make some proper grown-up decorations. The chandelier about is basically a bunch of pearlescent paper chains attached to a metal hoop but it looks amazing!

6. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "TOO MUCH" AT CHRISTMAS

It is pretty much guaranteed that at Christmas we will all over eat and watch a lot of television and that is okay because at Christmas there is no such thing as "too much". With this rule in mind, why not string up a bunch of baubles and cover your hallway in them? And why stop there? There isn't a room in the house what wouldn't look better with an explosion of Christmas!