Beautiful things Biophilic Design 14/12/2017

Decorate for a Natural Swedish Christmas

Large wreath for a Swedish Christmas: Magical oversized candle Christmas wreath

A Swedish Christmas savours natural smells, soft materials, mood lighting and lots of greenery. Here’s a selection of ways to bring nature into your home this Christmas, the Swedish way! (And a couple of Danish ones too for good measure).

I love the rise in botanical influences year on year, and no less so than in the pre-Christmas build up. From new interpretations of the traditional Christmas wreath to using candles, leather, foliage, wood, and natural materials, we’ve got you covered!

If you’ve followed Chalk & Moss for a while, you’ll know how important biophilic design is to our wellbeing. If you’re not familiar with biophilic design, this is the practise of incorporating nature into our interior and exterior spaces, to safeguard our wellbeing, creativity and productivity. To find out more, have a look at the Chalk & Moss biophilic design page and this blog post on how to use biophilic design in your home.

Danish and Swedish Christmas Wreaths

Why save the wreath for the front door? If you’re running short on surface and wall space, hang it from the ceiling! There are so many wonderful materials you can play with. Leather, pine and eucalyptus make a fantastic combination, particularly with candles.

If you're running out of space in your home, why not hang your Christmas wreath above the dinner table? A beautiful statement for a Scandinavian Christmas

Leather, eucaluptus and pine are a beautifully natural combination, as seen in this hanging advent wreath.
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Soft light from this hanging advent candle. Green and white are a beautiful natural colour combination for Christmas.

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Geometry stays strong this year

Have some fun with patterns on this geometric Christmas wreath, using with eucalyptus and other foliage.
Image credit: Georgia de Lotz

Swedish Christmas involves lots of greenery and natural materials like wool

A simple but beautiful wool and pine wreath. Image credit:

Wheat, pine, eucaluptus and more in this elaborate Christmas wreath

Branched out wreath with plenty of scope. This reminds me of a peacock!
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Modern and minimalist asymmetrical eucalyptus wreath.
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Large wreath for a Swedish Christmas: Magical oversized candle Christmas wreath

Candles bring a magical quality to Christmas, particularly when combined with greenery in a wreath.
Photo credit: Lisanne-van-de-Klift

For more asymmetrical wreath inspiration, I really recommend this MyParadissi blog post covering 16 of the prettiest asymmetrical wreaths.

The Swedish Christmas Table

Green table setting with eucalyptus for a Swedish Christmas feeling

Bring natural greenery to your dinner table this Christmas. This table setting is like made for an intimate evening with loved ones. 
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Danes do Christmas well too! The Danish Christmas wreath brings some fresh smelling pine to your table.

The Danes make wonderful Christmas advent candle wreaths for the table. Experiment with different foliage and colours. 
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A Swedish advent candle interpretation. We light one candle every Sunday in December up until Christmas (which we celebrate on Christmas Eve). Normally the advent candle has one candle holder for four candles, but of course, have fun and make your own! These mugs come from Design House Stockholm. Image credit:

Go crafty and paper free in your gift wrapping

Paper free gift wrapping ideas, using spare fabric and low grade baking paper

Go paper free in your wrapping this Christmas! You can wrap presents beautifully in scraps of fabric, and print your own patterns onto low-grade baking parchment or brown craft paper. 
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Easy, cheap and quick wrapping paper made from craft paper and plain paint

Paint splattered wrapping paper with aromatic sprigs . Image credit:


And finally, don’t forget to go outdoors this Christmas!

With all the hustle and bustle of getting things ready for Christmas, don’t forget to head into the woods to enjoy the seasonal smells. We love cooking outdoors all year long. It’s so special building a log fire and cooking on it directly. The Swedish Log, also known as the Swedish Candle or Swedish Torch, is a fun way to create a cooking source that’s quick to cook on, lasts for hours and looks beautiful long into the evening. See how to make one yourself here on

The Swedish log is quick to light, gives off lots of warmth, lasts for many hours and you can cook on it straight away

Cook up some heat on a home-made Swedish Log. Image credit:


Wrap up warm as if it was a true Swedish Christmas

To up the hygge factor, you’ll also want to wrap up with some cosy blankets, drink from your favourite mug and place candles around your house. So have a look at some of these cosy items from the Chalk & Moss shop to complete the Swedish Christmas feel.









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