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Design a Dazzling Christmas Table

Christmas is a little over a week away, and now is the time to design your holiday table! While I hosted Thanksgiving this year, I usually enjoy Christmas dinner at my folks’ house. But that doesn’t mean I don’t plan a special holiday table design for a seasonal dinner at home with my hubby! Not only do I love researching the latest in Christmas table design, I find it inspiring to see how the colors, the decor and the layout are strategically combined to create a welcoming backdrop for delicious food and quality time with loved ones. Read on to see some of the season’s most interesting and eye-catching Christmas table ideas…

Rustic Meets Modern

First up: tables with rustic-meets-modern style. There’s often an element of warm wooden tones in earthy modern tables, either from the tables themselves or from the accessories that top them. Below we see a lovely blend of modern dinnerware, rich linens and a touch of the outdoors! [from CB2]

Modern rustic Christmas table

When planning your centerpiece, let nature be your guide. Camille Styles suggests using greenery from your Christmas tree to add festivity. Note how the presence of modern wooden candle holders completes the spread:

Greenery on a holiday table

Metallic Shine

The popularity of metallics is still going strong, and these Frosted Deco Mercury Hurricanes from West Elm have a modern look that also channels the angles of Art Deco design. Elegant and timeless, they would make a fetching centerpiece for a festive Christmas table.

Deco-style hurricanes from West Elm

Silver evokes the icy, shimmering beauty of snowy weather, and when mixed with gold, a true contrast is achieved. Not to mention, when combined on one tabletop vignette, silver and gold tones create an upscale look that is perfectly on trend. [from CB2]

Mixed metallics on a modern holiday table

Candy Cane Christmas

Ever since I laid eyes on Eddie Ross’ 2009 holiday table for House Beautiful (featuring rich red tones combined with the pure white of milk glass), I’ve been smitten with the candy cane combination of bold red and crisp white. It instantly evokes seasonal charm while refreshingly departing from the traditional red and green holiday table. [image below from Pinterest]

Red and white Christmas table

Since this holiday motif can’t help but remind us of candy, it’s the perfect choice for a holiday dessert table, as shown below. [from The White Library via Mon Tresor]

Red and white holiday dessert table

Vintage Pastels

Did somebody say “dessert table”? Next up: a pastel vintage palette that looks good enough to eat. Note the unexpected holiday use of pinks, purples and blues, which are beautifully offset by silver Christmas trees. [from Glorious Treats]

Pastel Christmas table with vintage flair

This holiday spread from Meadowbrook Farm is absolutely magical. In fact, the candy colors and snowy accents often featured in vintage Christmas decor have the power to create a winter wonderland effect. No wonder vintage holiday motifs are growing in popularity each year!

Vintage holiday decorations

Pure Decadence

I’ll end with a pair of decadent tables that celebrate deep tones and enticing edibles. This spread from West Elm proves that the food itself can add color and style to your Christmas tabletop.

Rich hues on a holiday table

And this holiday table designed by Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon never ceases to amaze me! Touches of pomegranate, aqua and yellow are contrasted by the dark tones of the dinnerware, table and napkins. The food definitely takes center stage:

Decadent holiday table by Athena Calderone

When it comes to holiday table decor, do you prefer rustic-meets-modern details, metallic touches, the candy cane combination of red and white, vintage pastels, or pure decadence?

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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