Written by Jo Messenger

Christmas tablescapes: 5 decadent ideas

Tablescaping elevates table-setting to an art form. A huge trend for 2021, it’s a festive season must-do for Instragrammers and stretches way beyond a candelabra and a few Christmas crackers. Here, Good Homes highlights five fresh ideas for Christmas tablescapes, from nature-inspired settings to decadent dining tables to wow your guests this festive season…

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1. Opal Blush

A big hit as part of the Good Homes roomsets at Ideal Home Show Christmas, the Opal Blush Christmas tablescape is a contemporary mix of pale pink, soft gold, icy blue and plenty of shimmer. Dress the table with tableware and glasses in gold, icy blue and winter white, finish the look with candles, pampas grass, glitter-infused accessories and statement pendant lighting over the dining table.

christmas tablescape ideas: opal blush from good homes roomsets at ideal home show

Alexandre Turpault Florence tablecloth in Macaron, £213; matching napkins, £25 each; Kim Seybert Boho napkins, £35 each; Blue Pheasant Alyse tumblers & highballs in Amethyst, £20 each; LSA International bubble balloon glasses in Pearl, £50 for four; A Simple Mess Seville candlestick, £43; Luxe Glam dinner plates in platinum, £55 for four; Luxe marble cake stand, £50; Jan Constantine sequin love cushion, £125, all Amara

2. Luxe Vibe

A contemporary twist on a traditional theme, the Luxe Vibe Christmas tablescape is ideal for born entertainers. Add shimmering gold, pink and green decorations to fresh or faux garlands, and complete the look with a gathering of embellished peacocks, hummingbirds and butterflies for an enchanted forest feel. To really ramp up the look, add in bright teal and neon lights with pops of animal print.

christmas tablescapes: luxe vibe from ideal home show good homes roomsets

Motion corduroy upholstered dining chairs in green, £199 for two; 12 days of Christmas crackers, £20 for 12; Gemstone Forest pinecone wreaths, £35 each: Gemstone Forest pine cone garland, £20; Metallic Forest star pink gin glasses, £10 each; Organic linen napkins in Mallard Green, £15 for two; iron four bud candleholder, £18; decorations and tableware from a selection, all John Lewis

3. Winter Solstice

With colour inspiration including plum, amber, dark green and touches of rich gold, the sumptuous Winter Solstice Christmas tablescape is a bold, moody scheme. Key elements sumptuous fabrics, oversized paper-cut baubles in rich, deep colours, a mix of gold and silver decorations and atmospheric lighting. Add a drinks trolley for an extra touch of festive chic.

dark, moody christmas tablescape by dunelm

Xavi dining table £229; Loren mirrored small sideboard, £239; Montreal dining chairs, £189 for two; single pelt ivory sheepskin rug, £35; silver apartment mirror £55; 20in gold and silver hanging paper onion decorations, £15 each; 13cm bronze paper hanging honeycomb with tassel gold £2.50; Tropics fans, £8 for seven; table dressed in Zonda Elephant made to measure curtain fabric, from £100; reusable fabric crackers £15 for four; connoisseur gin glasses; £20 for four; mini white berry bundles, £1.50 for four; silver foil glass charger, £10; star beaded napkin ring, £5 for two; baubles and LED candles from a selection, all Dunelm

4. Relaxed Japandi

The Relaxed Japandi Christmas tablescape is a minimalist’s dream. Ditch the tablecloth to showcase the natural beauty of wooden furniture, softened with the addition of soft, tactile materials such as boucle, faux fur and lots of trimmings including feathers and pom-poms. Keep tableware white and add in natural greenery.

festive japandi decor scheme from next

Anderson dining bench set, £575; Haywood pendant ceiling lights, £65 each; Iva dining chairs, £196 for two; Macrame rug, from £90; Star tea light holder, £14; Abstract pillar candle holder £32; tableware and accessories from a selection, all Next

5. Woodland Forager

For a warm and cosy woodland-style scheme, layer distressed-wood furniture with faux furs, plaid cushions and throws, and plenty of winter berries and pine cones. Add natural garlands, accessorise with red and gold decorations and aim for natural-looking ceramic tableware and linen napkins.

highland fling christmas decorations from B&M

Stag throw, £5; check pillow, £8; faux fur rug, £20; wooden candle, £6 and hanging star, £4, all other decorations from a selection, all B&M. For similar furniture try Brookville table and bench set, £1,500, Garden Trading


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