Christmas Dining Table Decor Inspiration6th Dec 2023
Posted by Laura Rich on 6th Dec 2023
Furniturebox's stylist reveals five affordable & eco-friendly Christmas dining table decor hacks for a knock-out Christmas dinner
With the big day fast approaching, people are looking for inspiration for creating that perfect festive dining room experience. But, with the cost of living and environmental impacts playing a bigger part in daily life, people are seeking out inspiration that’s affordable and sustainable as well as aesthetically pleasing. #DIYchristmasdecor has seen 13 million views in the UK over November on TikTok. Our resident interiors and style expert, Laura Rich, details 5 key on-trend and eco-friendly looks that will dazzle your guests without costing the earth.
One of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to add drama to your dining table is to use a Christmas wreath as a centrepiece. Whether you buy new or restore an older wreath, these stunning festive favourites make fabulous and fast table-top scenes. Round tables will suit a round wreath white pillar candles in the centre are often intriguing. Pairs of Christmas door or wall drops make a lovely tablescape for rectangular tables. If you're reusing old wreaths, remove or hide damaged parts with a few bows or extra greenery.
Here, we've styled our Carson white marble effect dining table and 4 Pesaro black velvet dining chairs with 2x door drops from The Range.
Turn your tabletop into a woodland wonderland for your festive get-togethers. This look taps into the maximalist trend that’s been gathering momentum through 2023 . Take inspiration from the natural world with a wooden dining table. Add a little glam with green and orange velvet, plus gold accents to keep it festive. Create your tablescape using lots of natural elements like wood slices, feathers, pinecones and other foraged treasures. Mushroom motifs are another huge design trend we’ve seen in 2023, so consider adding some artificial mushrooms or toadstools to your whimsical woodland. Raid a toy box or make your own with papier mache and cardboard toilet rolls. Finish the look with a red silk scarf or table runner, some spare baubles, and some taper candles.
The interiors world has embraced vintage and retro looks throughout autumn-winter ‘23, and that ties so well with the maximalist trend for Christmas. Get a little bit kitsch with mismatched colourful baubles, retro lights and paper ornaments. This is the perfect excuse to raid your grandma’s loft or go on a thrifting expedition. Hang and scatter baubles everywhere with coloured ribbons for a bold, colour-drenched look. Add in paper lanterns, baubles and snowflakes for another eco-friendly vintage touch that screams bygone years. If you’re feeling crafty, paper ornaments are a fun and easy group activity, with lots of online tutorials to follow
When it comes to special dining table decor, items we can re-use are great for the pocket and the planet. Consider a versatile Christmas theme that extends past the festive season and incorporates re-useable ornaments that work for numerous occasions. Celestial stars and constellations always look festive and are great for New Year's parties or birthday celebrations too. Celestial Christmas is wracking up thousands of pins on Pinterest, the go-to platform for aesthetically pleasing design inspiration. Go for a blue, gold and white theme – a little outside the traditional Christmas palette but it'll make your guests starry-eyed, whatever the occasion. Use gold star ornaments, a mix of church and tapered candles. Finish with a scatter gold, blue and silver baubles for a sprinkling of cosmic sparkle.
Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decor will always be a crowd pleaser. The Scandi style is unfussy, and simple, evoking crisp, cold nights cosied up with our loved ones. A Scandi-inspired Christmas dining theme is easy to create. Gather fallen foliage during a walk or from a local florist, add some cinnamon sticks and oranges cut in half. Finish with some plain cream tapered candles for a quick but striking centrepiece. You can also dry orange slices in a low-heat oven (be careful not to burn them!) or use the dehumidifier setting on your air fryer. String these into pretty garlands using fishing wire. Add dried foliage, rosemary, pine cones, cinnamon and star anise for pretty hanging decorations that will smell gorgeously festive.
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