Ensure your Christmas dining table decor is picture perfect with these expert tips from the Home Design Stylists at John Lewis & Partners. 

Amber Green Themed Chistmas Dining Table Setting John Lewis Partners Good Homes Magazine

Image: John Lewis & Partners, Colour my Christmas Amber Table 

Inspired by the trending Instagram hashtag #christmastablesetting, John Lewis & Partners have launched over 200 'Colour my Christmas' complimentary table dressing masterclasses in shops across the UK from the 7th November. These festive masterclasses will teach you how to create a stylish, colourful and instagrammable dining table whatever your style, or budget. 

Following the trend for maximalism and colour in our homes this Christmas, it comes as no surprise that the most photographed tables are expected to be colourful and filled with accessories including centrepieces, platters, table runners and even novelty placemats and cutlery bags.

'Colour my Christmas' 30 minute masterclasses will be divided into three key themes:

  • Amber, a warm and rustic theme for those looking to bring some cosiness to their festive table dressing
  • Ruby, a vivid and vibrant theme for those looking to update and refresh their table decorations
  • Emerald, for those looking to create the ultimate head turning table this Christmas

We chatted to Homes Design Stylists at John Lewis and Partners, Tony Berardis and Sandra McCall about Christmas tableware trends and how to style a table setting that's stylish and photogenic.

Talk us through the colour trends for Christmas 2018.

“For Christmas we’ve played with colour. In particular, for table dressing, we’ve highlighted three key shades. Each provides its own unique theme. We suggest: the warm and rustic woodland ‘Amber’, the vivid and vibrant urban ‘Ruby’ and the show stopping tropical ‘Emerald’.” Tony Berardis, Homes Design Stylist, John Lewis & Partners 

What pieces, do you think, are essential for show stopping Christmas table decorations?

Chistmas Dining Table Setting Emerald Green Table Runner Candlebra Geometric Plates John Lewis Partners Good Homes Magazine

Image: John Lewis & Partners, Colour my Christmas Emerald Table 

“A must have for your Christmas table is a fabulous centrepiece. We suggest one of our candelabras or garlands, combined with a statement runner in a luxurious print.” Tony Berardis, Homes Design Stylist, John Lewis & Partners

What key pieces from the John Lewis & Partners Christmas collection do you think people should be buying?

Amber Gold Themed Christmas Dining Table Setting Whiteplates Jug Gold Dipped Glassware John Lewis Partners Good Homes Magazine

Image: John Lewis & Partners, Colour my Christmas Amber Table 

“Glassware can really make a table complete and we have a wide range of products available. We recommend making colourful statement with our emerald set. Alternatively, you cannot go wrong with our classic gold dip glassware.” Tony Berardis, Homes Design Stylist, John Lewis & Partners 

What are your top five tips for styling an Instagram-worthy, colourful Christmas dining table? 

Ruby Red Themed Christmas Dining Table Setting Purple Baubles John Lewis Partners Good Homes Magazine

Image: John Lewis & Partners, Colour my Christmas Ruby Table 

  1. “Include an inexpensive gift, like a sweet treat or a bauble that doubles as a decoration on each place setting. As well as being a personal gift, it adds a finishing touch to the table” 
  2. “Play with the reflective qualities of your baubles by adding fairy lights and candles. This will really make your table sparkle.”
  3. “Use a table protector or heat protector underneath your table cloth, to protect your table as well as give an elegant appearance.”
  4. “Layer textures and add height to the centre of your table to create a focal point, but, remember not to build a barrier between your guests.”
  5. “Plan ahead make a list of the dishes you plan to serve and make sure you have enough crockery in your theme for the table.”

Tony Berardis, Homes Design Stylist, John Lewis & Partners 

What are the key features of the maximalism trend for Christmas dining settings?

Emerald Themed Christmas Dining Room0decor John Lewis Partners Good Homes Magazine

Image: John Lewis & Partners, Colour my Christmas Emerald Table 

"Begin with a decadent centrepiece. Use this as a starting point to create a story, with an eclectic balance of opulent textures and colourful finishes that are fun, exciting and chic.” Sandra McCall, Homes Design Stylist, John Lewis & Partners

What makes an instagrammable dining table?

Ruby Red Christmas Dining Room John Lewis Partners Good Homes Magazine

Image: John Lewis & Partners, Colour my Christmas Ruby Table 

“For John Lewis & Partners, this Christmas is all about colour. In order to wow your guests, we suggest you might decide to add finishing touches of colourful ceramics, table runners and baubles. By Injecting a pop of colour to your table you will instantly make it instagrammable." Sandra McCall, Homes Design Stylist, John Lewis & Partners

What are your top Christmas dining table style hacks?

“Think symmetrically when you dress your table. In addition, coordinated table treats for your guests and light reflective surfaces are more effective when you add fairy lights and candles.” Sandra McCall, Homes Design Stylist, John Lewis & Partners 

‘Colour My Christmas’ masterclasses will be running on a drop-in basis from 7th November. For more information and a full list of branches taking part please visit John Lewis & Partners.

 

How are you planning to style your dining table for Christmas? Let us know by tagging us on Instagram, tweeting us @goodhomesmag or posting a comment on our Facebook page

 

RELATED ARTICLES

5 stylish Christmas home decor ideas from Maisons du Monde 

5 easy Christmas living room decor ideas 

5 Christmas decorating ideas from a real home 

Tour Around This Historic Oxfordshire Home With Bursts Of Colour 1
Home Tours

Tour around this historic Oxfordshire home with bursts of colour

Heather Darwall-Smith invigorated her historic Oxfordshire home with bursts of colour and clever touches.
Best Kitchen Tap Goodhomes Body
Kitchen

7 of the best kitchen taps: buyer's guide

From smart technology to sculptural design, Add some style to your kitchen sink with the best kitchen taps available on the market right now.
 
Maisons Du Monde Azuki Decor Collection AW19
Living Room

First look at Maisons du Monde's Autumn Winter 2019 collection

Maisons du Monde is set to launch its new Autumn-Winter 2019 decor collection which focuses on 6 key trends. See our top picks from the...
Bring Seaside Style Into Your Dining Room 1
Dining Room

Bring seaside style into your dining room

Capture a life on the ocean waves by combining linens in natural fibres, galvanised metals and maritime stripes.
HF Banner Cooperations GoodHomes Magazine 630x475 UK
Offers

Get £15 off your first 3 HelloFresh recipe boxes!

Take advantage of this fantastic HelloFresh offer - get £15 off first 3 recipe boxes, Plus get a £10 gift card of Amazon.co.uk, ASOS, Costa...
Bank Holiday At Home Relaxing
Inspiration

Things to do at home for August bank holiday weekend

You don't have to go anywhere to have a great bank holiday. Here are some fun things you can do to have a productive, fulfilling...
 
 
Copper Feeding Bowls Stylish Pet Accessories Madecom
Shopping

Stylish pet home accessories you'll want to show off

These pet home accessories are so stylish they'll be the feature piece of any living space.
PGLIDE BLKWHT 1 Win
Competitions

Win an AirCraft PowerGlide Hard Floor Cleaner worth £249!

Enter this month’s competition to win a PowerGlide hard floor cleaner worth £249 from AirCraft Home.
Raspbery Mint Cooler Mocktail Recipe Copy
Kitchen

Easy mocktail recipes that taste like the real thing

As people are becoming more aware of their alcohol intake, mocktails have seen a surge in popularity. So jump on the trend and try out...
Brighten Up Your Dining Room With White Wood 1
Dining Room

Brighten up your dining room with white wood

The interior equivalent of a breath of fresh sea air, this laid-back mix of white wood and invigorating hues will make every day feel like...
Decorate Your Dining Room With Sunny Shades 3
Dining Room

Decorate your dining room with sunny shades

Decorate your dining room with shades of bright buttercup, retro prints and mid-century-inspired wooden furniture
Straight Lines Image 630x475 Win
Competitions

Win £10,000 worth of kitchen products from Häfele

Win £10,000 worth of Häfele products for your new kitchen by entering this competition!
 
How To Light Up A Small Dining Space 2
Dining Room

How to light up a small dining space

Even if your dining zone is just a modest corner of your kitchen rather than a dedicated room, clever illumination can work wonders.