It’s that time of year again, when the dinner table takes centre stage. With festive family lunches and dinner parties with your closest friends, the table brings everyone together to eat, drink and be merry.
It’s a lot of hard work playing host to all those people, but you can impress right from the off by making your table setting super stylish with one of these inspirational ideas…
This year has seen many turn away from lavish glitz and instead reconnect with more natural and simple interior styles, partly inspired by the wellness movement.
Try embracing a more organic look by using wooden serving platters, cork mats and natural-coloured stoneware. Dot the table with candles in modernist, wooden candleholders, and display simple garden greenery in clear glass vases, or strewn down the table in place of flowers.
For a final flourish, use linen napkins in a dove grey or fawn as placeholders, topped with a single sprig of rosemary or sage. This will give your dinner parties that rustic Italian feel and the herbs will create an inviting aroma for your guests.
Pick and mix style
Forget the traditional matching dinnerware set – instead, embrace a more haphazard and homely look.
Put the fun and heart back into your meals by using all the plates and serving platters that bring you joy, regardless of their colour and pattern. Just mix, match and layer.
Or try serving dinner on contrasting plates that are linked by a theme, such as Moroccan-patterned tableware in a variety of colours.
Think about textures
Shiny gold and copper metallics are no longer the dish du jour – those in the know have been embracing darker and more rugged textures. Think aluminium, pewter and tin, all mixed with granite and black lava stone
While this doesn’t sound particularly festive, these darker, moodier shades create a real intimacy when layered together with some twinkling candles and warming winter food, ideal for cosy nights in by the fire.
Make sure you have a bottle of Fairy Platinum Washing Up Liquid on hand to make light work of cleaning all of those different surfaces.
The new red and gold
Traditionally the festive period is a time for the classic Christmas combination of red and gold. For a sophisticated twist that will bring your interior style up to date, try emerald green and bronze instead.
A simple but striking way to do it is to use your existing white dinnerware and tablecloths, and incorporate emerald green glasses, green napkins, bronze cutlery and brass serving platters.
Layering metallic plates under white dinnerware will add an indulgent element to your Christmas dinners, while keeping a clean and modern feel.
If minimalism is not your style, especially around the festive season, a new love of rich jewel tones might be more for you. Gone are the soft pastel shades of summer, replaced by deep purples, ruby, vibrant emerald green and sapphire blue.
Use swathes of sheer fabric in these colours to add softness, and decorate with twinkling quartz, candelabras and velvet cushions on the chairs. This setting will make any spread look like a feast fit for royalty.
Do you have a favourite way to style your Christmas dinner table? Share your ideas with us below and visit Fairy for helpful Christmas cleaning tips.