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Nordic-style dining table dressed for Christmas

Dazzle with your Christmas table settings

Christmas table settings are essential for a large family meal on the big day.

As everyone knows, the true centrepiece of any Christmas day is the dinner. And the centrepiece of the dinner is the, well, centrepiece. And candles, and place cards, and place mats... With this in mind, here are 20 original ideas to style up your dining room this festive season - and perhaps rival the turkey as the star of the show.

If you're looking to make an impact, you can't beat a striking colour scheme. Silvers and golds will create a classy, classic feel, while purples, teals and blacks will establish a more modern aesthetic. Crisp white table linens and crockery will add freshness and look great when paired with gold candlesticks and metallic ornamental touches. If you want to add a hit of formal glam, consider tying fabrics or linens around the chair backs.

You can have fun with Christmas tree baubles too, either hanging pedant-like over the table or scattered among the tableware. Indeed, for a more dramatic effect combine hanging baubles with vintage ornaments, elegant candelabras and rich colour palettes. There, your very own winter wonderland!

If you're looking for something a little more pared back and sophisticated, minimal tableware and black and gold accents should be just the thing. Of course, even the most chic Christmas table isn't immune to some good ol' Christmas spirit - just add a clutch of attractive crackers and fun party favours. After all, it is Christmas!

Nordic-style dining table dressed for Christmas
Classic red and white colour combinations create the perfect Scandi scheme for a Christmas table. Add glimmers of sparkle through place mats and candelabras and dress each setting with gingham, ribbons and berried greenery.

Gingham napkins

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