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Create a modern christmas table setting with well-chosen pieces of furniture, accessories and fanciful objects. Introduce an element of Christmas cheer with playful paraphernalia, and don't be afraid to get crafty and create your own Christmas ornaments, place cards and crackers for a personal touch.
Christmas is all about having fun and making memories, so opt for decorative ornaments, glamorous garlands, fun lighting and layers of lush fabrics and linens. When creating a modern Christmas table setting, consider glass, wood and metal materials as your starting point.
1/16 Modern Christmas table setting
If you're looking to make an impact, you can't beat a striking colour scheme. Gold, silver, copper and brass will create a classy, classic feel, while rich hues of purple, blue and black will establish a more modern aesthetic. Alternatively, you can head down the more traidtional route by choosing a palette of red and green. For minimal lover's, try a crisp palette of white, thus creating a typically Scandinavian scheme that reflects contemporary, minimal design aesthetic.
Festive fun dining room with star floor light
This modern dining room is decorated in a simple palette of black, white and gold for a festive look that's cohesive and super-elegant. A champagne tower is always a good way to get the party started. The giant star floor lamp is a novel take on fairy lights.
2/16 Modern dining room with white festive accessories
A classic oak farmhouse table works well in this modern dining room alongside modern white chairs. The table is dressed for Christmas with candlesticks and simple paper globe decorations.
3/16 Luxe dining room with festive fruit display
Hang a living chandelier overhead and ramp up the glam factor with evergreens and lights for a quirky modern dining room. Purple and blue tablecloths add a splash of colour, while a festive fruit display will tempt guests towards the table.
4/16 Festive party table with ornamental Christmas trees
The palest muted greys are given a seasonal lift with pastels, metallics and glassware. Often reserved for weddings, an assortment of heart-shaped table decorations really lend to the party atmosphere. Finish off the look with etched-silver Christmas trees, which work well as a centrepiece when grouped together. Mulled wine not included...
5/16 Modern dining room with black and gold Christmas decorations
This elegant dining room is decorated in a simple palette of black, white and gold for a festive look that's cohesive and super-elegant. Add a few playful elements - such as the hats shown here - to stir up the Christmas spirit. Transport your guests to a wintry wonderland by planting a forest of little pine trees on a snow-like table runner.
6/16 Black statement Christmas dining room
For a classy update on Christmas glitz, set one or two giant gold baubles against a sophisticated grey background. The black chunky pedestal table looks great with the soft and shimmering velvet pouffes. Silhouetted reindeer ornaments add the finishing touch.
7/16 Green traditional festive dining room
The rich green walls and chandelier in this dining room give the space an inviting, club-like feel. Incorporate a selection of colourful accessories, in mismatched colours and styles to create an eclectic, fun look that is in tune with the Christmas spirit.
8/16 Chalet-style coffee table display with reindeer antler candlesticks
Lighten up the mood with this glowing Christmas display. Reindeer-antler candlesticks and a sprinkling of fake snow create an instant ski-lodge vibe. Scatter a few sweets and chocolates in pretty wrappers among the snow for an extra festive treat.
9/16 Red and white Christmas dining room with dollies
Stitch doilies together into a delicate tablecloth, or use as frills on fairy lights for a dreamy, dinnertime garland. A mix of red-and-white accessories give this dining room a clean, Scandi-style feel.
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10/16 Fun festive dining room with pink table and chairs
Shiny silver paper chains have been hung above hot-shot pieces of furniture for contemporary shimmer in this dining room. The pink dining table and chairs add a quirky edge, while the vintage-style cake stand makes for a pretty centrepiece.
11/16 Round drinks table with decorated light fitting
Tie bauble biscuits with primary-coloured ribbon and hang from a light fitting for the ultimate nibble-friendly centrepiece. Who doesn't love an extra treat at Christmas?
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12/16 Dining chair with Christmas stars
It's not just the dining table that need decorating. Transfrom pared-back chairs for your big festive feast by festooning them with a mix of glitzy decorations.
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13/16 Panelled dining room dressed with modern fairy lights
Who said fairy lights
were just for trees? Make like this rather elegant room this Christmas
and drape them effortlessly down the wall and across the floor. Put a
decorative mini-tree inside a dome cloche for a simple and chic
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14/16 Christmas dining room with ballet theme
A modern and feminine take on traditional Christmas decorations, drape
your dining table in extravagant feather boas and chic pink and black
accessories. Pair bold, smoky colours with soft textures for a dramatic
look. And why not throw in a ballerina slipper chandelier for good
measure? It will definitely give your guests something to talk about on Christmas morning!
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15/16 Table with tray for Father Christmas
Head to the top of Santa's list by personalising his midnight
refreshment with a write-on-glass pen, or use it to give your guest a
smile with festive jokes on their glasses at dinner.
Write-on glass pen
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16/16 Modern festive table bursting with colour
glassware, statement red and gold wallpaper and an extravagant
centrepiece mean this dramatic dining room has Christmas Day written all
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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