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Styling your festive table

Interiors|11 December 2019
Top tips for creating the festive vibes, without throwing the kitchen sink at it!
Styling your festive table
It’s that time of year, we've all been into the loft, dug out the decs and dusted off the tree to get our homes feeling festive.

I’m firmly in the minimal camp and this is no different when it comes to Christmas, less is more for me and I apply this to all my Christmas styling. 

In this blog I'm going to focus on my key tips for dressing your dining table, after all its going to get a lot of use through December. If you’re anything like me you'll be doing a lot of entertaining in your home, whether thats having friends over for a ‘pre xmas dinner’, drinks with the family and of course the main event itself!

Here are my top tips for creating the festive vibes, without throwing the kitchen sink at it!


This is super key. Like anywhere in our homes adding texture will give the table interest and warmth.

Texture can come in many forms, from linen table cloths and runners, to faux foliage, candles and ceramics.Think about layering them all to create depth.

Layer one is your your table cloth or runner, in these images I've used both. Layer two are your accessories!
Think foliage, fairy lights, tea lights and mini decorations such as baubles, pom poms or anything you have spare from your tree. 

It’s important to try and create a focal point and work the extra accessories around this. Here I've used a faux garland as an alternative to a table runner to give the table the texture I love. 


To stop the table looking flat think about creating height with tall vases or statement decorations, then drawing your eye down to some taller candles or glasses and then onto the table itself with tea lights and smaller decorations.
By drawing your eye around the table it keeps it looking interesting and inviting! From these images you can see I start with a tall feature at the corner of the table with either this black vase and single stem or the paper tree. 


For me keeping the colour tonal with your home is the most aesthetically pleasing. Choosing 3 to 4 colours max will stop it looking cluttered and overbearing with all the additional decorations you'll going to be adding in.
I’ve chosen natural wood to add warmth, green foliage for texture and grey and black as my accent colours. These are echoed in my home and therefore make the table styling flow in the space seamlessly.

Table Setting

From the plate to the bowl, think about adding texture here with different ceramics, shapes, sizes and finishes. You could even add a sprig of greenery to your napkins to keep it feeling natural. 

For that extra special touch, personalise it. You could add a personalised bauble to each place setting to really add that super, lovely handmade feel.

Lastly and most importantly your table shouldn't feel too overdone. Keep it simple with natural touches and a refined colour palette. 

Like Coco Chanel said…”before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory…” I think this applies to table styling too!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and some fabulous feasting.


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