12 inspirational festive table displays

For many, the meal is the most important part of Christmas. Paying design attention to your table will transform your dining area and enhance your home for the holidays. Play to your interior's style, going for something classic to complement old architecture or something a bit different for a modern build. Whether you prefer a rustic look or something more contemporary and dramatic, these festive table displays and place settings will inspire you to design your own.

Classic Red

Traditional red will always stand the test of time. In-keeping with the classic theme, this look accessorises traditional white linens with frosted red berries, twine, cinnamon sticks and rustic reindeer figurines. To give your table a Highland touch complement with a checkered or tartan runner.

Bright Bohemian

No need to go out and purchase a new dinner set, this bright bohemian look will enhance a mismatch of crockery. Pull together clashing glassware and plates by dressing the table with a blanket of flowers, fruit and candles. The best winter flowers to choose are honeyworts, which have vivid purple and blue petals, hanging amaranthus, dark pink peonies and sweet peas.

Stormy Copper

The go-to shade for everything, copper continues to be a lead colour for interiors. This look matches copper with wintery greys and white to give the table a frosted look. Bring in the copper with cutlery and Moscow mule mugs, ideal for hot after-dinner aperitifs.

Handmade Home

This homemade look will help you save without sacrificing on style. With a paper snowflake mobile to hang above the table and a garland, thriftly-fashioned from shrubbery, moss and Christmas tree clippings, this look will require you to set aside a few hours for crafting. With kids painting pine cones and all the family joining in, watch your look quickly come to life.

Modern Black

Daring and dramatic, a black table is ideal for more grown-up affairs. This looks offsets the backdrop with glittering gold cutlery, velvet grey cushions on the seats and monochrome napkins to avoid it looking too sombre. For centerpieces, choose black lillies and bat orchids, or top a black marble wheel with starters of caviar and olives.

Floral Romance

This look uses a palette of olive green and mulberry for romantic effect. Pair stoneware dinner plates with a soft linen tablecloth and antique silver cutlery, then tie napkins with wild magenta flowers and leaves for a soft, ethereal look, garnishing serving boards with figs and pomegranates.

Scandi White

Simple and cosy, a Scandi Christmas will keep things looking fresh. This look combines a classic white dinner set with natural wooden serveware, elegant glasses and knitted napkins tied together with a weathered strip of nubuck.

Relaxed Rustic

Perfect for cottages and country abodes, this relaxed and rustic look should be finished with a roaring, open fire. This setting swaps out dining chairs for comfortable benches and cushions to bring the family together, with low-slung industrial lighting to offer a laid-back glow.

Bold Sharing

Instead of a classic floral centerpiece, this look makes a feature of the food. Cover the tables in wooden serving boards or one long board raised on soup tins, and pile with antipasti, homemade breads, cheeses and hanging grapes.

Simple Neon

A simple way to add a punch of colour, this look will brighten your table. Paint a pine cone in flourescent paint or decorate your table with a playful pom pom garland. Coordinate with the rest of your interior by matching the shade with your tree's primary colour.

Vintage Pink

Victorian-style plates in fun shades are certainly of-the-moment and can be found everywhere. Paired with doilies, cut glassware and a classic playlist, you'll transform your dining room into a haven of nostalgia. To give it a contemporary look, add bronze or gold cutlery or a fuchsia flamingo ornament.

Festive Kitsch

Cute and kitsch, this look brings together all the motifs from your childhood and gives you an excuse to use your old multi-coloured fairy lights. Mix together the tacky and the timeless with vibrant baubles, traditional crockery and quaint ornaments scattered around the entire table.

[Image Credits: Amaráslamoda; Anya Adores; BRIT + CO; Citurs & Orange Blogspot; Lisbet E; Red Online; Sarah Sherman Samuel; Simon SAID; So Soft Sunday; The Lovely Drawer; The Lux Pad]


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