How to style your dining room for Christmas

Whether you have a separate dining room, or a kitchen/diner, there’s no doubt that gathering round the table and eating delicious food is a huge part of Christmas celebrations.

Sharing this special meal is a wonderful time to enjoy family and friends but it’s also a great excuse to create a seasonal tablescape that sets the scene for the main event. If you’re stuck for ideas, here’s some inspiration for decorating your table – from luxe white and silver to understated elegance.

Scandi chic

Parquet dining set | @thelightshesees

If your style is less is more, then you’ll definitely want to take cues from Devon-based lifestyle photographer Lisa Northam, who shares snippets of her life on her Instagram @thelightshesees. Lisa styled our popular Parquet dining table and we love how she has created a look that evokes the Christmas spirit without going overboard.

Parquet dining set | @thelightshesees

Rather than going for a tablecloth, Lisa has made the warm wood tones of the Parquet table the star of the show, using simple white tableware and green foliage to bring the look together. Use gold candle holders and white taper candles to create a special occasion feeling that adds to the festive atmosphere. For more photography inspiration, head to Lisa Jayne Photography, or read about her Christmas table styling in more detail on her blog.

Jewel tones

Highgate dining set | @mo_morshuis

If you want to go for a festive look that’s slightly different, then take tips from interiors influencer @mo_morshuis who has decorated her Highgate dining set with rich wintery colours for Christmas. The purple runner sets the tones, while the sequin details add a lovely bit of seasonal sparkle.

Highgate dining set | @mo_morshuis

Foraged green foliage makes a statement centrepiece, with the purple berries, jewel-toned baubles and candles adding a dash of warming colour. This is a more eclectic look yet feels welcoming and festive – it’s definitely somewhere you’d want to linger over your Christmas dinner!

Classic red and gold

Brooklyn dining set | @sarah_elizabeths_home

When you think of Christmas decor, you really can’t beat the classic red and gold combination. This cheery red runner looks fabulous teamed with our Brooklyn dining table. Use gold place settings to add a touch of glitz that ties with your crackers and napkins. Table decor can often get in the way of the food so making an easily removable tablescape, like this wooden bowl full of greenery and seasonal dried fruit, is ideal.

Luxe white and silver

St. Ives dining table | Curve Back chairs | @mrs_roobottom_home

Interiors influencer, Samantha Roobottom, transformed her St. Ives dining table into a frosty winter wonderland. The decadent silver candelabras, snow-dusted pine cones and foliage tie in perfectly with the tree – a good idea if you like to have a cohesive look when it comes to seasonal decor. Carry on the wintery theme with crisp white linens and crockery that makes a lovely backdrop to your Christmas meal.


So, there you have it. A few simple ideas that you can easily recreate on your dining table at home this Christmas season. We’d love to see your festive table set up – tag us at #OakFurnitureland on our Instagram @oak_furniture_land.

Lead image: @thelightshesees