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The joyful table:
Inspiration for your magical Christmas table
With opulence once again embraced wholeheartedly by leading designers, this Christmas looks set to be particularly gorgeous in homes all round the country.
We’ve taken two key trends – Opulent Gold and Elegant Platinum – and suggested inspirational ways of creating an unforgettable Christmas table for your loved ones.
1. Layer your tableware
Image: Arris collection
The key to opulence is, of course, generosity. There’s no more appropriate time than Christmas to let your imagination run riot and Wedgwood’s Arris collection gives you the opportunity to create your own place settings.
The range sets gold accents against a white or charcoal ground, which plays well into the current dark decor trend. A choice of patterns, as well as round or octagonal plates, means you can create extra interest with every layer.
2. Centre yourself
Image: The 36th Avenue/Pinterest
How about using spectacular vases and crystal in a fresh way for a more unusual focal point for your table? This idea from The 36th Avenue uses ornate jars but you could pile festive accessories into cut crystal punchbowls or statement vases. Try Waterford’s Lismore range – or add dramatic colour with this Fleurology rose bowl (£525).
Fill it with more than just flowers: ripe pomegranates, rich grapes or a selection of decorations from India Jane spilling from it would be simple but eyecatching.
3. Illuminate with candlelight
The faces of your dearest loved ones around the Christmas table will already be lit up but candlelight casts a magical spell over everything.
Hang delicate glass baubles from above (£12 for four, Velvet Brown) and contrast with the tall, elegant lines of the Arris candelabra, designed to complement the gold accents of the tableware from the same collection.
Image: Arris collection
4. Tall, gold and handsome
With the focus on the table itself, it’s easy to forget the impact created by adding height to your table setting.
5. Add luxurious linens
It’s not just tableware that can be layered for dramatic effect. Linen can bring a glorious range of textures to your placement, whether you opt for simple runners or full cloths.
Take inspiration from this opulent look by draping vintage linen on top of heavy velvet. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the tableware department, scour the bedlinen section or have a seamstress add a deep trim to a length of strong cotton velvet.
1. Embrace your inner ice queen
Image: Regina Gust
A platinum themed table is the ideal foil for an ice queen extravaganza. Hang a selection of Wedgwood’s exquisite snowflake decorations from ceiling or chandelier and echo the scene below with lashings of cut crystal and glittering accessories for maximum light-catching impact.
2. Don’t sell the family silver
Image: Ana Rosa
Naturally, Christmas is the time to bring out all the family silver. If you have a good collection, maximise the cool metallic theme with a platinum or silver-accented dinner service, such as Jasper Conran’s clean-lined Platinum collection or Vera Wang’s more intricate Lace range.
3. Out of season drama
Image: Wohh Wedding
Country houses traditionally displayed hot house fruits prominently at important dinners, thus showing off their wealth and skill. A pineapple, for example, would sit in pride of place on its own dish, on the banqueting table.
Bring the tradition into the modern age by asking your florist to create an extravagant display of exotic flowers – white orchids are the perfect foil for an elegant platinum table theme.
Jeff Leatham’s Kylie vases for Waterford (£265) are designed to stack on top of each other. A simple way of adding height and drama to your floral display.
4. Repetition is elegance
In all areas of design, the repetition of simple motifs makes for a striking impact, as shown by these graceful candle holders.
For your own take on the idea, simply place Vera Wang’s series of covered candles at regular intervals down a long table. Each is elegantly finished with silver plate and a row of them makes for a gratifyingly measured display.
5. Add texture
Image: Scot Meacham Wood
Ice queen or not, a platinum table theme needn’t be chilly. Warm yours with generous swathes of antique table linen and textured cushions. For large tables, vintage curtains often provide the volume of fabric necessary for generous draping. Try Vintage Linens or Divinely Vintage.