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Five ways to bring autumnal warmth to your table
From russet apples to golden pumpkins, burnished leaves to ebony blackberries, the autumn harvest is so rich it naturally creates a mouthwatering display.
Simply heap generously onto a table, add candles and voila! But if you’re looking for a slightly more measured approach to your seasonal table, take inspiration from our favourite bloggers’ own wanders down the autumn path.
Bare wood and berry boughs
Image: Matt Horan Photography
Linen is wonderful for texture but there’s nothing like the warm depth of well-seasoned wood to complement autumnal shades.
This groaning side table, featured by Rock My Wedding, is clearly aimed at a large gathering but the stripped-back chic could easily be replicated for a smaller dinner at home. Sharing dishes seem more generous than plating up – and use vintage cake stands to display cheeses and fruit at different heights, for a similarly sumptuous look.
There’s a nod to floral display too, with sparse branches of berries, late summer blooms and thistles, dotted informally among the feast. An alternative would be to scatter pine cones or hollow out a pumpkin to use as a makeshift vase.
Image: Nicola Denby Photography
Add depth of colour through innovative choices in tableware, mixing and matching ranges to build up a unique look. Wedgwood’s Arris range combines rich gold accents with deep chocolate or pure white grounds, providing plenty of scope for striking combinations.
Another collection that adds considerable warmth to the table is Gilded Muse. Its pixelated designs, updated from classical designs found in the extensive Wedgwood archives, are picked out in a burnished gold – build the coupe plates and tea cups and saucers into your setting for contrast and interest.
Don’t be afraid of the dark
Image: Call Me Cupcake
With thousands of similar Insta feeds shining out their bright white, overexposed sugar plum shades, it’s easy to forget the power of more dramatic tones.
A quick glance at Swedish blogger Linda Lomelina’s site Call Me Cupcake and you’ll be seduced by the dark side. The food stylist and photographer’s images evoke classic still life paintings; brooding and atmospheric.
Don’t shy away from deep colours in accessories and create dramatic mood lighting to lend interest to your dining experience. Candlelight and soft illumination are among the joys of the shorter days.
Image: Abigail Ahern
For her table settings, interiors specialist Abigail Ahern restricts her colour palette to a few key shades but boosts depth by adding lots of metallics, mixing up burnished gold, brass and bronze.
As well as increasing the feeling of warmth, reflective surfaces bounce light softly around the room, for a more romantic feel.
The various gold details of Wedgwood’s Arris range are a beautifully simple way of incorporating metallics into your table. Layer the chocolate and white backgrounds and play with the choices of round or hexagonal plates and different scales of design for extra contrast and style.
Warm up your linen and glass
Napkins, runners and cloths are all tried and tested ways of adding texture to the table – but you can really make a dramatic difference by introducing the rich tones of coloured crystal.
Lead image: Wedgwood Vibrance collection