This season, entertain in style with our contemporary table setting ideas.
Star attraction: Clean-lined décor with a natural underpinning.
Setting the scene: Inspired by Nordic minimalism, this tablescape is ideal for an intimate get-together on Christmas Eve. Its muted tones and tactile elements present a pared-back version of seasonal festivities.
Get the look
Strike a balance between crisp, clean lines and authentic appeal by dressing place settings with a mix of striking tableware and understated detail.
Light and bright: Focus on a pared-back palette of soft neutrals, textural detail and raw blonde wood.
Silver lining: If sparkly decorations leave you cold, make a style statement by adding objets d’art in subtle glints of glacial silver.
A flicker of ambience: Add a touch of glimmering warmth by adorning your tablescape with layers of candlelight and lanterns.
Personal touch: Introduce touches of greenery and pine cones reminiscent of a white Christmas.
Shop the look
Kiewiet bowl-shaped oak serving board, www.yuppiechef.com
Dotted border underplate, www.mrphome.co.za
Nachtmann Rumba round crystal plates (set of two), www.yuppiechef.com
Antlers leaf stem, www.home.co.za
Star attraction: A cool and contemporary rendition of an iconic festive English country Christmas.
Setting the scene: Subtle opulence takes centre stage with a fusion of classic elements like vintage tableware, metallic cutlery and pops of on-trend individuality.
Get the look
When it comes to putting a modern spin on this traditional trend, contrast is key. It’s all about melding traditional seasonal charm and sparks of high design.
Rustic reboot: Keep the look up to date by dressing your table with beautiful linen and contemporary tableware like faceted glassware.
Top brass: Synonymous with Christmas, metallic colours add a touch of glamour to any tablescape. For a look that’s new and now, swop traditional gold for brass ornaments.
Personal touch: Replace overtly Christmassy colours with hints of soft sage.
Molton gold glassware, www.home.co.za
Nicholson and Russel Dhubai 16-piece titanium cutlery set in Gold-and-Black, www.yuppiechef.com
Gold ombré dinner candles (set of four), www.home.co.za
Etched-glass jar candle, www.home.co.za
Star attraction: Traditional Christmas pigments of red and green step aside for a breezy, Greek Isles-inspired take on seasonal celebrations.
Setting the scene: Just the thing for a Christmas lunch on a balmy day, an unexpected base palette of cool blues adorns this fresh and free-spirited tablescape.
This ensemble makes waves with an alchemy of detailed pattern, melded with cobalt and bright metallics.
Elemental appeal: Add touches of festive appeal with subtle strands of gold frankincense and myrrh.
Eclectic inspiration: Welcome a sprig of zesty interest by decking your festive table with an ensemble of chartreuse posies.
Personal touch: Top your tableware with a napkin wrapped with an evergreen sprig and a striking napkin ring.
Danika napkins (set of four), www.poetry.co.za
Mikasa Drift Markmaking serving platter, www.yuppiechef.com
Luna enamel-print cake forks (set of four), www.poetry.co.za
Volkan agate napkin ring in dark blue, www.home.co.za