Looking for a different take on the Christmas table? Forget the elves and the snow, we’ve styled three subtle yet stunning looks to inspire you to create a beautiful table this season. Find all of your Christmas table essentials, from our coastal look, bright table and modern meal setting on the site now.
The theme: An Australian coastal setting with soft greens, watercolour blues and plenty of texture.
Who’s attending Christmas dinner? A chilled bunch who love simple, homely food and a swim at the beach post-lunch.
What’s on the table? A grey linen table runner lays the base for rattan placemats and mix-and-match dinnerware in cool tones paired with traditional Laguiole cutlery. A sage green garland and simple white Christmas tree complete the look.
Tips for achieving the look: “Adding some formality to this relaxed coastal setting keeps it from looking messy,” says Stylist, Allira Bell. “Use a placemat to ground each setting and layer your dinnerware for a more cohesive look. Even if you love a traditional table, it doesn’t need to be stuffy – a bench allows for extra guests and adds a sense of togetherness – just make sure everyone is comfortable with some cushions.”
The theme: Warm-toned and playful, this setting features Scandi furniture, native flowers and pops of terracotta.
Who’s attending Christmas dinner? A fun-loving group of friends and family who are partial to Fleetwood Mac and a good bottle of red wine.
What’s on the table? Native florals take centre stage in this setting, surrounded by a simple dinner set and bright, colourful glassware. Gold cutlery adds a festive touch while gifts wrapped in mustard and tangerine tones and a rose-gold tree adorned with pom poms complete this playful space.
Tips for achieving the look: “Summer and Christmas are a fun, celebratory time of year so playing with different colours like pink and warm terracotta adds a sense of playfulness to your Christmas meal,” says Allira. “Centrepieces don’t need to follow a traditional formula either – here we’ve used a potted succulent as our base and added bright native flowers and wrapped presents to make a feature.”
The theme: Modern-meets-Palm-Springs with bold black, on-trend rattan accents and palms for added greenery.
Who’s attending Christmas dinner? These dinner guests love a Christmas meal with a modern touch, summery cocktails and a snooze on the couch to follow.
What’s on the table? This table is all about elegant simplicity. Linen placemats and a palm at each place setting are topped with simple white dinnerware and black cutlery sitting beside timeless glassware. A pared-back Christmas tree adorned with lights and an abundance of palm leaves completes the look.
Tips for achieving the look: “A contemporary look doesn’t need to be all clean lines – add texture and handmade elements to give your table personality,” says Allira. “Decorating your tree in a non-traditional way is also a great idea, here we’ve used this amazing faux Christmas tree and adorned it simply with fairy lights and palm leaves for texture and interest. The result is a totally different, pared-back look.”