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How to create a beautifully laid table for Christmas Day

Jennifer Morgan,
Interiors Editor

A gorgeous table is the finishing touch for Christmas – and the perfect festive look is easier to create than you may think…

Dining room with Christmas setting

When it comes to laying your Christmas table, it’s worth spending time to create a beautiful tablescape that will match your efforts in the kitchen. ‘Dressing the table is another creative outlet in addition to styling the tree,’ says Dan Cooper, Partner & Buyer, Christmas. ‘It’s not expensive – you just need to buy a few key items to make your table look really exciting.’

So what look should you go for this year? Here are our three favourite tablescapes, each with a single colour at its core, making it easy to create the look at home.

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Swap traditional red for dramatic ruby

Rich ruby is an indulgent choice for your festive table. It’s perfect for traditionalists who are looking to try something different from red. A hero print is the starting point for this scheme, and you’ll find this cranberry design on napkins, crackers and even Prestat chocolates, which make lovely festive favours for guests at each place setting.

‘Berries and rich red tones add a luxurious touch to a Christmas table,’ says Partner & Junior Buyer, Tabletop, Charlotte Thomason. ‘Enhance them with our bone-china Ruby Snowflake range, with its delicate embossed snowflake detailing and gold banding.’ Build up the look by mixing different textures – the glossy appeal of walnut dining furniture, the vintage charm of a velvet trim and, of course, plenty of ruby glassware.

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Play with vibrant shades of emerald

For a glamorous, sophisticated look, combine emerald green with shades of royal blue. ‘Peacock-green tones mixed with our Java print will create a rich, vibrant table,’ explains Charlotte. ‘The luxe table accessories and gold glassware are a great choice.’

Start with a runner – perfect if you have a glass-topped table you want to show off. Then bring out the metallic highlights of this look with a few simple touches, like cutlery tied with gold ribbon.

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Warm up with rustic amber

Pull up a chair (or a bench if you have lots of guests) at a gorgeous table inspired by the golden tones of autumnal forests. Amber is a great shade to pair with linen and natural oak, adding a cosy and inviting touch. Layer up a tablecloth with a runner, then stack crockery on top of a wooden placemat with bark detailing. Weave a garland down the middle of your table – one dressed with pre-wired baubles is a great cheat – and add plenty of tealights for sparkle and a forest-inspired decoration by each place setting.

‘This beautiful, rustic table has such a warm, inviting feel,’ says Fionnuala Johnstone, Partner & Senior Designer. ‘It makes me want to snuggle up with fur throws and mulled wine after a long walk.’