4 stylish steps to decorating your dining room for Christmas dinner
It’s the most wonderful time of year for mealtimes and home decor
Whether it’s your first Christmas in your home or your fifteenth, the excitement of decorating your home for the festive season never goes away. It’s your chance to bring all the comfort and joy of this time of year into your living space, with colour, sparkle and whimsy.
Decorating your home for Christmas is one of the purest thrills of calling a place your own, and nowhere is this more true than the dining room. If you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, it’s important to style your space accordingly.
Here are our top tips for fantastically festive dining décor.
Choose your theme
Start at the very beginning by deciding what kind of look you want to create with your festive décor. Are you thinking modern or traditional? Bold or chic? Classically festive or something outside the box? There are plenty of routes to choose when it comes to setting your table for Christmas, so find the one which feels right to you.
Sticking to a theme is a good way to create a dramatic and memorable table design. It could be a vintage look featuring lace napkins, antique napkin holders and candelabras, or you could choose a rustic theme using pinecone nameplates and gingham napkins.
Choose your colours carefully
If you don’t want to commit to a specific theme, a clear colour scheme is another great way to bring interest and individuality to your dining room. Classic Christmas colours include shades like gold, green, red, silver and white — all of which can make your dining room feel both elegant and inviting. However, in recent year people have started to branch out from these hues, showing that when it comes to Christmas, anything goes.
Pairing silver and white with a crisp arctic blue is a dramatic way to bring decadence to your dining room while still keeping things modern.
Choose your centrepiece
No dining room is complete without a centrepiece, especially at Christmas time. Every impressive dining table needs a central focus to draw the eye, so get creative and consider what you’d like to be the star of the show.
For a classic look, keep things floral by creating a flower arrangement in colours that fit the rest of your festive décor. You can also add a selection of candles to make the space feel cosier and more atmospheric on the big day. Alternatively, you can go more unique with your centrepiece by choosing something more personal to your style. A festive display or even a mini Christmas tree are both great ways to spread yuletide cheer in an individual way.
Whatever you choose, make sure it has enough height and presence to really command the attention of friends and family.
Include all the trimmings
Once you’ve got your table sorted, it’s time to turn your attention to the rest of your dining room. Using your place settings and centrepiece as inspiration, start introducing a few well-chosen festive pieces to the room as a whole. Garlands, ornaments and window trimmings are among some of the most classic options.
You can also treat the other senses with a few scented candles and some delicate Christmas music. With all these elements in place, your dining room is sure to wow this holiday season. All that’s left is some delicious festive food!
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