In the dining room

There’s nothing more inviting than a beautifully set dining room table that’s just waiting for a good time to be had around it. No matter if people are about to gather at it, keeping your dining table styled and ready to go is another way to add a level of cosiness to your home this winter. Simply add a vase, candle or foliage arrangement – or why not all three! But if you’re curating each place setting, start by thinking of an accent colour, then build your plates, placemats, cutlery and stemware around it. When it comes to success, don’t go overboard with props – after all, the food needs to go somewhere!

LOOK 1 : Industrial chic

Strong, classic and bold, a little industrial inspiration is perfect for a dining room with impact. Clean lines and smooth textures combined with faux fur and linen soften the look and add interest, as well as make the room feel warm and appealing.  
Tableware in a gorgeous glazed blue ceramic elevates the look – pair with a matching cushion, or complement with steel grey. A fur rug doubles as a cushioning layer, while an abstract spherical vase with a simple leaf arrangement provides the final touch.

Look 2: Nature Inspired

Brighten up dreary winter days with an all-white look, accented by a cool and calming green. The natural oak-inspired wooden finish at the table ties in perfectly with pops of white, keeping the area fresh and uncluttered. Coordinating neutral-hued tableware is layered together for each place setting, and a simple vase with greenery gives the table a natural focal point. For extra cosiness during winter, add a rug underfoot for ultimate warmth, and a throw blanket draped over a chair also conjures up feelings of comfort. A pillar candle in a gorgeous bamboo holder is the final flourish!

How To: Style a dinner table

Start with a plant or floral arrangement for a focal point. Then, add texture with both your table settings and seating arrangements – a fluffy rug makes a bench seat inviting, as does a throw cushion on a chair. When it comes to place settings, go for layers, starting with a textured place mat. Build up plates and bowls, alternating complementing colours, and accent with your glasses.