Christmas is, of course, all about spending time with those we love, however it is also about eating and over-indulging too! The festive dinner is one of the most important meals of the year which means now is the perfect time to go all out with creating a beautiful Christmas table setting to share with friends and family.
Although the Christmas dinner is an occasion for celebration, it is also a time for relaxing with those you might not see as often as you would like. As such, the Chic look is a perfect Christmas dining scheme for those looking for a laid-back yet super stylish tablescape: take a peek at our Christmas table decorating ideas straight from the Houseology design professionals.
01.The Christmas table palette
The Houseology Chic look incorporates a subtle neutral palette that feels soft and romantic as well as warm and welcoming which makes it perfect for a dining room in which you want your guests to feel relaxed and comfortable. This soft palette of natural tones, sand and elegant organic finishes makes for a dining look that exudes effortlessness. Table linen and upholstery in subtle grey shades create a stylish backdrop that can be styled in many different ways for different occasions and seasons.
02.Christmas table textures
The AW15 Chic look has a rich sensorial feel owing to the natural materials and textures that feature across the scheme. A super soft linen tablecloth strikes the perfect balance between rustic style and festive sophistication while a raw timber table top can also be left bare to introduce additional texture with a linen runner and napkins being used to heighten the elegance.
Matt stoneware is also a gorgeous contrast to this Christmas table decorating idea, creating smoothness among the richer textures as well as a more durable alternative to finer ceramics. We’re also adding glamorous faceted wine glasses and frosted candle holders to capture the spirit of Christmas in this relaxed style.
03.Christmas dining room furniture
Ensuring that there is plenty of space at the dining table and a comfortable chair for everyone at Christmas can be tricky, particularly when plans change at the last moment. A couple of additional designer dining chairs may just save the day and ensure you are fully prepared for any last minute guests!
As the Christmas dinner is one that we like to linger over (it’s amazing how much more turkey you can fit in after a five minute break!), it’s important that everyone is seated comfortably. Upholstered chairs with beautiful buttoned back and soft comfortable seats such as the Eichholtz Key Largo are the perfect chairs for any time of year and will ensure your guests can sit and enjoy the food and company on Christmas Day. The off-white and camel linen upholstery options are perfect for Chic schemes and work beautifully with a whole range of different wood finishes. If you are buying your designer dining table and chairs separately, remember to ensure that each piece fits together so that your guests are seated at the perfect height.
Although many of us have glassware and crockery that we keep for special occasions, the Chic look does not demand this. Sturdy stoneware and faceted wine glasses are perfect for this look and clean white finishes fit beautifully with the scheme and can be used all year round too. Do a quick crockery count prior to the big day to ensure you're not short of crucial pieces!
To create that wonderful festive feeling of abundance, place serving dishes filled to the brim with all the Christmas trimmings along the centre of the table. White serving dishes filled with roast potatoes and slates or wooden platters covered in heaps of sliced meat are visually striking and practical too. Remember to ensure you have all the serving tools you need too for a polished dining experience for one and all!
05.Christmas table decorations
Table decorations really differentiate your Christmas table from other times of year and for the Chic look, we’re taking inspiration from nature. Traditionally festive foliage such as holly, fir and ivy looks super seasonal however, for sophisticated, contemporary Christmas table decorating ideas, try looking to eucalyptus or succulent plants. Try running a garland down the centre of the table or fill ice buckets and candle holders with greenery to add colour and channel Chic chalet vibes. Try placing smaller sprigs on napkins or crockery to add a little festive flourish to individual place settings or, for a showstopper, hang a branch of foliage above the table. Incorporate hanging decorations and twinkling lights to create an intimate, cosy glow over dinner.
Although the Chic look largely draws on natural finishes, frosted glass tea light or candle holders and silvery touches on table decorations and centrepieces ensure that the table has a decadent dose of festive sparkle. Add plenty of candlelight too for extra holiday spirit!