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Winter Tabletop Style: Shades of Grey

While we’re definitely looking forward to spring, it’s still winter, which means there are plenty of chilly nights ahead. Enjoy a cozy evening in by celebrating rich, decadent tones at the dinner table. By setting a grey backdrop and letting the deep hues of the food take center stage, you can heighten your dining experience! Today we showcase a tabletop style that involves silvery tones, savory edibles, and an occasional pop of white. We hope the images below inspire some cozy winter meals with loved ones…

Tabletop Inspiration

Let’s start with some tabletop inspiration from a few of our favorite blogs. Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon created this dreamy tablescape for the holidays. Her inspiration: figs, pomegranate and vanilla. Pale grey and creamy neutrals take center stage.

Winter tabletop by Athena Calderone
Winter tabletop by Athena Calderone

Note how the grey tablecloth is the the perfect backdrop to the rosy tones of the winter food. Black flatware adds richness and depth:

Winter menu by Athena Calderone
Winter menu by Athena Calderone

A distinct photography and styling trend has taken hold in the last few years, and the main features include dark, deep hues and low lighting. Yet the food is beautifully illuminated, stealing the show in each shot. These Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins by Eva Kosmas Flores for Design Love Fest are scrumptious against a grey and brown backdrop. While it may be hard to find fresh cranberries after the holidays, there are plenty of other food items that can pop on your winter tabletop.

Cranberry cream cheese muffins from Design Love Fest
Cranberry cream cheese muffins from Design Love Fest

Here’s another blogging photo, this time featuring a kale salad from Say Yes. We’re loving the grid-motif napkins, as well as the way that grey is given a fresh perspective when covered in greens and tangy lemon:

Kale salad from Say Yes
Kale salad from Say Yes

Getting the Look at Home

If you’re interested in creating this wintery, saturated look at home, start with a grey tablecloth. This Linen Tablecloth from Mur Lifestyle gets softer with each wash:

Linen tablecloth from Mur Lifestyle
Linen tablecloth from Mur Lifestyle

You can even add an element of stone with Slate Placemats from West Elm. Or purchase one and use it as a cheese board! It can be the foodie centerpiece at your next dinner party:

Slate placemat from West Elm
Slate placemat from West Elm

Grey napkins are a perfect fit for a dark winter table, and the photo below (featuring Poplin Grey Napkins from CB2) is made even more alluring by the addition of metallic tones. Copper flatware, anyone?!

Grey napkins from CB2
Grey napkins from CB2

Layering grey on grey is one way to get this look at home. ferm LIVING’s Neu stoneware is inspired by Bauhaus forms, and the modern feel is complemented by grey glaze. Browse more Neu pieces here.

Stoneware from ferm LIVING
Stoneware from ferm LIVING

Or you can create contrast by adding white dishes to your grey table. Below we see an assortment of Edge Dinnerware from CB2:

White dinnerware from CB2
White dinnerware from CB2

Don’t forget the flatware! If you don’t go gold with brass or copper, try a blackened approach. This Ridge Flatware from West Elm is crafted from stainless steel and features blackened handles:

Blackened flatware from West Elm
Blackened flatware from West Elm

Will you be adding some richness to your winter tabletop this season? Bon appetit!

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