This holiday season we want to take some risks. We want to set the table bold with color (or just remove any hue all together). We want metallics, we want unexpected charm, we want to bring the nature indoors (whether that be with natural branches or synthetic spunk) … Basically we want to shake up every past holiday table top decor and create something thrilling, different and unexpected for our guests this year!
There are a lot of trends circulating on the internet, so we’ve sifted through and pinpointed three modern holiday table settings that have the most playful and exciting style…and can also be easily shifted towards your personal style without feeling drastic or overwhelming.
Think of this as your holiday dining room cheat sheet – and we’ve even highlighted the key pieces you’ll need to pull the look together at home.
above image: house doctor
image credits & style inspiration by: photagraphy | peaches and mint || styling | lovely weddings || florals | flower up
Modern Holiday Table Setting #1: Saturated Sophistication
Bold, bright…filled with colorful cheer. This look is the easiest to pull off – select a seasonally-inspired color (berry, pine, winter whites) and then just take off running with that color and layer with botanicals, textiles and accents in the centerpiece. We especially love this idea of saturated berry, it switches up on the usual Christmas spread and feels a bit more exciting (and unexpected) as the usual holiday mauve or crimson. Mixing your color of choice with neutrals, such as white lien, cream dinnerware and gold flatware, keeping the color more sophisticated.
Get The Look: Abstract Splash Pink Table Cloth & Napkin | Bonnie And Neil || Vintage Brass Goblet | Etsy || Puckr Gold Vase | CB2 || Brass Pear Box | High Street Market || Vintage Brass Flatware Set | One Kings Lane || Assorted Berry Colored Taper Candles | D’Light || Vintage Brass Danish Candlesticks | Etsy || Wickford Collection Dinnerware | Kate Spade | Assorted Fresh Flowers (Daliah, Peonie, Privet, Figs, Red Astilbe) | Flower Museimage and style inspiration by: indiska
Modern Holiday Table Setting #2: Refined Rustic
Eclectic and neutral, this table comes to life with the layering of texture, finishings and global accents. By keeping the color palette monochromatic, you can play with patterns, sheen and eccentric flare without feeling cluttered or chaotic. We love this mix of mercury glass and metallic lanterns on the table rather than your typical botanicals, it creates a surprising and whimsical winter centerpiece that could easily stick around as your dining decor though the new year.
Get The Look: Hand Block Printed Mandala Tapestry | Full Moon Loom || Kalamkari Hand Block Print Tablecloth | Homestead || Kalamkari Hand Block Print Napkin | Homestead || Glass & Metal Table Lantern || Luminous Lace Pear Shaped Lantern || Mercury Glass Teardrop Ornaments | World Market || Brushed Chocolate Flatware Set | Sur La Table || Cheval Clear Wine Glass | CB2 || Coupe Dinnerware Set | Heath Ceramics || Brass Tipped Spice Spoon Set | Leif || Metal Taper Candleholders | World Market || Mercury Glass Votive Holders | Suzanne Kasler || Hanging Moravian Stars | World Market || Woodland Mercury Glass Trees Decor
image credits and style inspiration by: photography | lisa cohen || styling | indiana foord
Modern Holiday Table Setting #3: Cheerful Kitsch
The holiday season is your chance to get playful at the table. Pull out the pastels and woodland critters to create a more casual yet joyful scene. This look is perfect for your Christmas morning brunch or small seasonal get togethers with friends…this spread works perfect with simple ceramics and clever centerpiece idea of a small pine accessorized in flashy large orbs.
Get The Look: Pink Taffeta Crinkle Table Runner || Faux Christmas Tree With Lights | Nearly Natural || Threshold Large Burlap Textured Deer | Target || Gold Glitter Teaspoon Set | Leif || Baby Bowl in Pink | Mud Australia || Swiss Dot Serving Tray | Leif || Large Pebble Serving Bowl in Mist | Mud Australia || Gold Glazed Bowl | Dot & Bo || Vintage Styled Ice Cream Bowls | Dot & Bo || Ray Ray Aqua Teapot | CB2 || Modern Decorative Fox | Target || Bristle Brush Deer | Sandra Lee || Shimmerstripe Pink Linen Napkins | Leif || Scalloped Brown Kraft Paper Tags || Red & White Bakers Twine || Bubblegum Pink Christmas Ball Ornaments
We love that any of these looks use pieces we’d want to keep around the dining room all year round !
Which of these looks is getting you to feel inspired to switch things up this holiday?