Christmas dining room ideas that are perfect for festive feasting

For dining or serving drinks, a well-dressed Christmas dining room becomes the focal point for the celebrations and this year our curated gallery is brimming with ideas to try. These christmas dining room ideas will inspire you to create your dream entertaining scheme.

See: The most beautiful Christmas table ideas

1. WHITE CHRISTMAS

Create chic Nordic style with pale hues, natural textures and charcoal accents. The White Company’s Chrissie Rucker says, ‘Start with a white cloth and napkins, plus your best glasses and china. I like to mix plain and scented candles, adding vases of snowberries and herbs, such as rosemary.’

Christmas dining room ideas

Portobello plates in Grey, £12 each; Curly sheepskin bench, £695, all The White Company, thewhitecompany.com.

2. NATURE’S FINEST

A large fir wreath given pride of place can be enough for some Christmas decorators. When dressing the table, stay true to this simple approach with a white linen cloth and napkins and plain china.

Christmas dining room ideas

Handmade wreath Dia1m, £420, Philippa Craddock, philippacraddock.com. Image credit: Polly Wreford

3. ENTERTAIN IN STYLE

Create an at-home bar by throwing a cloth over a console table and displaying glasses, decanters and wine buckets. Add a selection of nuts and crystallised fruit on cake stands for colour and contrast.

Christmas dining room ideas

Image credit: Chris Everard

4. MODERN HERITAGE

‘You don’t have to stick to usual colours; foliage here adds a festive twist, but the tortoiseshell glassware makes the table even more interesting,’ says Sue Jones, co-founder and creative director, Oka.

Christmas dining room ideas

Tijkko dining table, £2,200; Stafford dining chairs, from £295 each; Lavaux goblets in Multi, £45 set of four, all Oka, oka.com. Image credit: OKA

5. FLOWER POWER

Creative florist Philippa Craddock showcases a stunning festive display using the best flowers and foliage the season has to offer. Start with a theme for your Christmas dining table display – perhaps a colour of particular type of flower or foliage. If you have a small dining table, place sprigs of evergreen foliage and fresh flowers in miniature bottles and set them in a line in the middle. Finish off with tapered candles in tall holders. 

Christmas dining room ideas

Image credit: Philippa Craddock

6. TIMELESS CHRISTMAS

The restrained simplicity of a panelled room makes an elegant backdrop for festive dining. Add interest with foliage draped from a chandelier or pendant light, and foliage hung on the backs on chairs.

Christmas dining room ideas

Distressed antique mirror, £250; antique Flemish chandelier, £425, both Robert Shackleton. 19th-century Swedish chairs, £4,800 for a set of four, Maison Artefact. Antique monogrammed sheet used as tablecloth, £250, Guinevere. Image credit: Simon Bevan

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