Have you decked your halls? Perhaps you’re giving your Christmas table setting some thought? Traditional or Modern? Not sure? Home Hub Castle Hill recently invited me to style two Christmas tables in their centre, so I’m happy to be able to show you my take on both traditional and modern settings.
Home Hub Castle Hill is a one-stop destination with over 70 homewares and furniture stores to suit all tastes and budgets. I had a fun day seeing what was in store and gathering beautiful things for my Christmas table settings in the centre. Ready for ideas and inspiration?
How to style a modern Christmas table
When going for a contemporary look, start by choosing a colour palette. My palette of blush, orange, black and white started with a fabulous tassel garland. These somewhat adventurous Christmas colours are grounded with the natural hues of plants, wood and jute, together with the whitewashed furniture.
The beauty of modern Christmas styling is that you can bend the rules a bit. I found the garland (which adorns the tree on the sideboard) in the kids bedroom section of Adairs. The colours are fun and bright and the plump woolly tassels are a whimsical way to decorate a modern Christmas tree.
You really can choose any colour palette you like for Christmas decorating and entertaining. The key to creating a look that’s festive without resorting to red and green is to add Christmas themed elements and table top vignettes.
For this Christmas table I added interest by alternating the place settings. I stuck with blush, black and white for the plates to keep things simple and coordinated. The black and white plates feature hand painted crosses and calligraphy which are both on trend and a wonderful unexpected touch at Christmas. The charger plates alternate between gloss blush and matte black, and the look is completed with some artfully placed decorations.
A fun part of Christmas decorating is creating little decorative vignettes for the table and sideboard. When making a vignette for the Christmas table assemble it on a large cheeseboard or tray. This way not only is it easier to style within a defined area, but you can simply lift the whole thing off the table when you’re serving shared dishes.
When creating a vignette use items of varying heights, textures and shapes. Start by placing the largest piece and then add other elements around it.
A cohesive look is achieved by decorating the sideboard in coordinating colours and elements. A nearby shelf, mantle or side table would also help complete the styling of the dining area if you don’t have a sideboard.
How to style a traditional Christmas table
Nothing says Christmas like traditional red and green. Add in white and gold and that’s your palette sorted.
But traditional doesn’t have to mean dated or boring! I styled this setting to look traditional but fresh. There is always a large selection of Christmas decorations and table linens in red and green – the trick to making it look contemporary is to keep things clean and use pattern sparingly. I chose a colour block tablecloth from Domayne and added pattern with the star napkins and tea towel from Bed Bath & Table. A patterned tablecloth would also work well when combined with plain napkins and a more minimal place setting arrangement.
The centrepiece of the table is a lush big bunch of faux flowers and foliage in a simple glass vase. Fresh flowers are always amazing but it can be a challenge at Christmas to find what you’re after, and also to keep them fresh. Going faux is often a great alternative.
The fresh twist on this traditional setting is achieved by keeping the place settings clean and simple. Large white charger plates are topped with soft aqua plates that have a traditional pattern embossed onto them. A quirky touch is the addition of embroidered felt birds.
Christmas decorations are always a good idea! Just don’t overdo it… a few scattered along the centre of the table with a larger one at each end will be sufficient. This bell wreath at one end of the table, and a fabulous big pine cone and fir spray at the other, finish off the table perfectly.
To decorate the sideboard stems of holly and fir tree sit in a large vase surrounded by poinsettias, sparkly deer and a scattering of gold baubles.
I had such a fun day exploring all the shops and gathering everything for my two tabletop settings. With over 70 great stores Home Hub Castle Hill is one of Australia’s largest homemaker and lifestyle destinations. I was spoiled for choice with both large and small retailers catering to different styles, from budget to high end. Brands include Domayne, Freedom Furniture, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi Home, Nick Scali, Officeworks, The Good Guys and Toys “R” Us – you’ll find everything you need for your home in one place.
I hope you’ve gathered some Christmas styling inspiration and tips from this post. Time to get your sparkle on!
All photography and styling by Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout.
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