A Copenhagen style Christmas

Our Nordic neighbours understand only too well the importance of preparing the home for Winter and its long, cold, dark nights. Scandinavian home style, always enviably (and seemingly effortlessly) cool, really comes into its own at this time of year, so it's perhaps unsurprising that John Lewis have named their Copenhagen collection as one of the key trends for the home this Christmas.

"The Copenhagen style can work in any home to create a really warm and inviting space" says Phillippa Prinsloo, Design Manager for Home John Lewis. "Monochrome is key. It's a real statement but it doesn't have to be too hard. There's real warmth to this collection. It very much comes from the wood, from ash to walnut and then with metallic accents of brass and copper."

Above: lantern  |  coffee table  |  sheepskin  | wooden Christmas tree

Above: birch tree  |  bench  |  floor lamp  |  coffee table

This soothingly neutral colour palette is also brought to life with energetic dashes of colour and print. Who can resist the cheerful appeal of a Marimekko mug or a strikingly graphic monochrome rug?

Looking to the rich design history of Scandinavia the Copenhagen collection includes mid-century inspired lighting silhouettes and pared back furniture forms, all finished off with a generous helping of textiles for texture and warmth.

Christmas decorations come in intriguing and playful modern shapes. If black and white is just too sober for you then there is nothing like a splash of red for creating an instant festive effect, and if you've decided against a traditional spruce Christmas tree this year how about this white birch tree as a modern, minimal alternative?

The overall look is clean lined and contemporary, but has a quiet simplicity which feels welcoming, laid back, comfortable and achievable.

Here are some more of my favourite pieces from the collection.

John Lewis Copenhagen home trend AW14

Clockwise from top left: napkin  |  copper pendant light  |  framed print  |  bedside table  |  star decorations  |  place card holder  |  tray  |  rug  |  mug  |  throw  | candelabra


Posted in collaboration with John Lewis.

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