Dress to Impress: The Dining Table

By Oliver Burns

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December 12, 2014|Luxury Design

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  • or those of us who celebrate Christmas the countdown has begun; I feel quite confident now we’re in December to mention I have all my presents bought, wrapped and cards penned in anticipation for the big festive gathering of family and friends on Christmas Day.  To me, the festive period is all about catching up with those near and dear, gathering together around my dining table. Christmas is the perfect time of year to spruce up your interiors to evoke the classic Christmas spirit and can be a way to reflect back over the trends which featured this year.  For me it all culminates around the dining table where the opportunity arises to introduce temporary sophistication.  I want my guests to be transported into the holiday season mood immediately on entering my dining room.
Image sourced via Home Designing

I like to strike a balance between formal and welcoming with a festively decorated table and room.  In my opinion the centerpiece is the focal point and transforms the occasion of the dining table. General rules must be followed to ensure it is impressive enough without taking over the whole table.  Those who have planned large dinner parties know not to block the sightlines across the table of your guests to enhance the flow of conversation and retain the required amount of space for the banquet.

Image sourced via Heidikins Cooks

Bearing this in mind the theme for the table can be chosen. Why not try using one of this year’s colour trends as your inspiration such as rich saturated aubergine or navy as a contrast against a thick white table cloth.  Scatter with Christmas baubles for a direct translation and use rich textured fabrics on table cloths and napkins; this is the season for overindulgence.

Images sourced via Not on the High Street (left) and The Perfect Palette (right)

Alternatively keep it more traditional. The classic choice of colours at this time of year are red, green, white, silvers and gold’s, which can be achieved with sprays of evergreen, fir cones, sprigs of holly or berries. Combine with some gold trimmed glassware or pewter goblets for a glamourous touch and add delicate candles to create a festive mood.

Alternatively keep it more traditional. The classic choice of colours at this time of year are red, green, white, silvers and gold’s, which can be achieved with sprays of evergreen, fir cones, sprigs of holly or berries. Combine with some gold trimmed glassware or pewter goblets for a glamourous touch and add delicate candles to create a festive mood.

Images sourced via Pinterest (left) and Home Coming (right)

The best tables are all about the accessories. Special effort can be made with added homemade elements to make your guests feel welcome. Try crafting bespoke napkin rings or place names for a personal touch or tie ribbon around your chairs to bring a sense of occasion to the space.

For those who aren’t staying in a chalet over Christmas, you can transport your guests to Lapland with the use of natural materials. An exposed light timber table in this year’s honey and caramel tones combined with decorative silver cutlery and an antler or wrought iron centerpiece will present the perfect backdrop for your festive meal. To complete the chalet chic style, add heavy knitted or faux fur throws over the back of your guests’ chairs.

However you chose to capture the true magic of Christmas at your table; the finishing touches will make your day all the more merry and memorable.

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