Entertaining friends over a good meal is the perfect way to spend autumnal evenings. Create the perfect atmosphere with these latest styling ideas.
Image: The Post House
While you may give a lot of your time and attention to the food you offer up at a dinner party, how much are you thinking about creating the right atmosphere for your evening? It's the key to ensuring your guests enjoy themselves, and can be as simple a matter as creating a comforting environment in which to dine.
Dining in autumn and winter is vastly different from throwing a summer dinner party, so we've collated some of the biggest tableware and styling trends for the dining room of this season to inspire a cosy and welcoming table setting.
Image: The Post House
This classic, autumnal colour palette makes for a wonderfully atmospheric scheme. To create a charming but modern country style, these table settings from The Post House combine rustic linen with luxury velvet ribbon in burnt orange, bringing texture to the setting. Each setting is finished with a dried poppy head, for an authentic autumnal touch. A bouquet in rich oranges and pinks in a simple amber glass vase completes the look.
This scheme from Sainsbury's Highland Lodge collection combines traditionally spring-like pinks and greens, but contrasted with rustic, textured finishes to give the look a more seasonal feel. Choose dusty pastels to enhance the autumn vibes, and dress the table with linen, jute and natural dried grasses for a tactile, cosy ambience.
Image: John Lewis & Partners
For colour lovers, embrace a characterful dining scheme by leaning into a bold palette of reds, pinks and purples. Deep, rich colours differentiate this saturated colour look by John Lewis & Partners from a spring scheme, with darker foliage and florals giving the overall table setting a luxurious and dramatic style.
The global trend may feel like its best suited to summer holidays, but Denby x Monsoon Home's new Mandala range draws on Indian tile work patterns with a more muted, autumnal colour palette. Teaming these intricate designs with dark woods, natural textiles and warming colours gives a global look real appeal for an intimate dining scheme this season.
Autumn in the UK is hardly a tropical affair, but if you're in love with the jungle-inspired trend, it's easy to make updates to give it a seasonal twist. This new range from Matalan includes familiar palm prints, but in a palette of burnt red, orange and yellow, which takes the trend to a warm and cosy place, perfect for candlelit dining on chilly autumn nights.
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