6 stylish ways to dress your dining table this Christmas

Make your Christmas table a feast for the eyes with our smorgasbord of ideas that each uses a merry mix of antique and new

A traditional table setting combining red, green and gold

For a quirky take on festive, keep the look glamorous with mismatched geometric linen, Fornasetti-style ceramics and plenty of gleaming metallics. 

A glamorous table setting combining geometric fabrics and Fornasetti-style ceramics
Geometric black and white tablecloth, £29.99; printed tablecloth, from £49.99, both Zara Home. Spectrum Black napkins, £5.50 for four, Dunelm. Assorted Geometric napkin ring, £19.99 for four, Zara Home. Gold vase, stylist’s own, find similar at John Lewis & Partners. Brian Leslie Fuller silver candelabrum, £1,850, Jeroen Markies. Leaf Glass Gold charger plate, £10, Dunelm. Vintage Italian Fornasetti plate Tema E Varazioni, £480, Xupes at 1st Dibs. Vintage cocktail shaker in Absinthe Green glass and brass, £95, Lorfords. Honeycomb cut crystal champagne coupes c1900, £395 for 12, Lorfords. Turini Black 16-piece cutlery set, £95, Habitat. Side plate (part of Carrington dinner set), £50, Next. Baubles, stylist’s own.

Azure blue, turquoise, sea green and gold conjure up an exotic setting that mirrors the beauty of jewel-bright peacock feathers. Stick to these four shades to ensure a cohesive and opulent effect.

An opulent blue and gold exotic table setting
Silk kantha scarf, £15, Artique. Vintage blue material, £180, Anne Fowler. Plate (with baubles on), £15, Focus on the Past. Sapphire Glittered Mesh bauble, £5; Sapphire Sequin bauble, £4, both John Lewis & Partners. Vintage green and gold bauble, stylist’s own. Gold-plated engraved cutlery, £6.99 a piece, Zara Home. Peacock placemat, £16, John Lewis & Partners. Turquoise Palace plate, £800, Royal Crown Derby. Gold apple and pear, £45, Mustard Vintage. Tea light holders, £5 each, Artique. Green plate, £12, Focus on the Past. Gleam Hammered coupe glass, £9, John Lewis & Partners. Brooch, £25, Rachel’s & Michael’s Antiques.

Bring a touch of Scandinavia to the table with plenty of freshly cut foliage and understated natural materials. Switch decorative ceramics for simple pewter, and pair with jute placemats and white linen napkins. Add plenty of candles and turn down the lights for a cosy meal surrounded by the scents of nature.    

A natural Scandinavian dinner table
Painted Swedish gate-leg 19th-century dining table, £2,500, Brownrigg. Silver Peugeot peppermill, £210, Hersey & Son. Holly Luxury Christmas crackers, £35 for six, Nancy & Betty Studio. Jute woven placemats, £12 each, The White Company. Single reeded pewter chargers, £400 each, Lassco. Antique French linen damask napkins, £148 for 10, Rebecca’s Aix Home. Thebe 16-piece cutlery set, £99, Nordic House. Vintage wine goblets, £225 for eight, Lorfords. Decanter, £33, Focus on the Past. Candles, stylist’s own. Individual silver condiment pots, from £9 each, Focus on the Past.

Vintage linens in natural tones evoke the feeling of Christmases past. Keep your tableware crisp and subtly ornamental with vintage creamware and delicately detailed cutlery. 

A rustic table setting with vintage linen
French linen, £20 per m, No.52 Antiques. Candle, stylist’s own. Cutlery, £165 for 16 pieces, Rachel’s & Michael’s Antiques. French octagonal creamware plate, £110, Anne Fowler. Red and white soup bowl, £12, Focus on the Past. Linen tea towel, £8, Muir: Antiques. 19th-century French hand-etched crystal glass, £35, Chloe Cyphus Antiques. French creamware plate, £110, Anne Fowler. Vintage silver-plated berry serving spoons, £10 each, Chloe Cyphus Antiques.

Embrace the berry tones that are so on-trend this season. Make a striking centrepiece with a large bowl filled with winter fruits next to a charming posy of garden flowers and berries. Bring out a small selection of your best ceramics for an eclectic and casually styled array.

A striking centrepiece created using antique bowls and an array of berries
Pewter plate, £60, Anne Fowler. Navy damask napkin, £48 for four, Amy Perry Antiques. Napkin ring, £21, Focus on the Past. French creamware plate, £24, The Giant Shepton Flea Market. Victorian dessert cutlery, £925 for 12 with canteen and serving spoons, Lorfords. Pink lustre goblet, £68, Anne Fowler. Pewter urn, £25, Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair. Pewter fruit bowl, £35, Focus on the Past.

The traditional combination of red and green never fails to please at Christmastime. Keep it classic and sophisticated by teaming gold and silver elements with elegant glassware. To make sure the look is a little less formal and regimented, choose plates in differing patterns but the same shades. 

A traditional table setting combining red, green and gold
Victorian Holland & Son mahogany dining table, £1,450; dining chairs, £1,850 for eight, all Lorfords. Toy’s Delight red dinner plate, £22.90; Toy’s Delight red bread plate, £14.90; Toy’s Delight green breakfast plate, £19.90, all Villeroy & Boch. Gold-plated engraved cutlery, £6.99 a piece, Zara Home. Red Poinsettia Jacquard napkins, £6 for four, Dunelm. Silver napkin rings, from £85 for two, Lorfords. Christmas Tree Luxury crackers, £35 for six, Nancy & Betty Studio. Aves Gold plates, from £100, Royal Crown Derby. Ceramic tureen, £65, Rachel’s & Michael’s Antiques. Square brass candlesticks, £24 for two; circular candlesticks, £45 for two, all Focus on the Past. Silver-lidded entrée dish, £24, Focus on the Past. Fine quality 1960s engraved decanter and six wine glasses, £595, Brownrigg. Heritage Red & Cream plates, from £445 each; Arboretum Gold open vegetable dish, £245, all Royal Crown Derby.