The truth about gold is that really, it's beige with added sparkle. Which means that if you're committed to the Scandinavian design palette of neutrals then it's the perfect accent metallic to decorate with.
And when it came to her Christmas living room decor, Emma used gold to her advantage. Her furniture was all white - including a travertine coffee table which, Emma says, 'I fall in love with it again everyday when I sit here in the mornings to catch up on work emails or have meetings.' and so burnished gold was the ideal neutral to pair with it.
'This space is the hub of our home, where we sit as a family for every meal,' Emma says of her dining room. 'There is a long window seat and it’s amazing how many people we can squeeze in for dinner or drinks!’
The space carries on the minimalist color scheme as seen in the living room, and is again enriched with gold tones for Christmas. The trick to a Scandinavian Christmas decor is to not overcrowd the space - here, a single star hangs a the window, large enough to create a feeling of cheer but not big enough it doesn't leave a lot of room.
The joy of using a minimalist color scheme is that even when you do add more ornaments in than normal for the holidays it still feels relatively calm. On the bookshelves in the corners of the dining room Emma focussed on white candles which only add to the general sense of twinkliness, rather than seeming cluttered.
‘Originally this space was planned as the dining area but now it provides a little oasis of calm before you reach the kitchen where all family life unfurls,’ Emma says. In fact, it's a reminder that even home office areas can be dressed a little for Christmas, making those days before the holidays feel slightly more joyful.
‘We wanted to create a space that is a bit surprising with a mix of vintage and modern, and a fusion of materials,’ Emma says of her modern kitchen. By keeping to a general palette of white, the result is no less calming than anywhere else in the house, but lifted by the blend of whitewashed oak floor next to marble counters.
For Christmas, the garland in the center of the family table is an easy addition and a reminder that a little festive sparkle can truly go a long way.