Minimalism had its moment, but maximalism is in. When it comes to creating a memorable tablescape, more is more. Think bold print, colour and texture to bring energy and joy to your table.
Mix & Match
Colour is your friend when it comes to creating a bold tablescape. Think about bright pop-art tones, vibrant greens, tomatoey reds and lemony yellows. Rather than overcrowd the table, consider complementary or contrasting colours. These combinations, such as red and green, yellow and purple, and blue and orange, bounce off each other and create a striking balance as they simultaneously stimulate different parts of the eye. The recently launched Wonderlust collection from Wedgwood is a superb choice when looking for a tableware range that makes a statement. Put a vibrant spin on your Christmas table this year and mix and match the Wonderlust red and green.
Play With Print
To ensure harmony between your chosen prints, a general rule of no more than three is best. (This applies to colour too.) You can think about pairing prints that echo colour elements within each other. Perhaps you choose the Wedgwood Wonderlust plates in red and blue to echo the navy and gold accents of the Renaissance Gold collection. Using a neutral tablecloth or backdrop will mean that the table never appears cluttered and ensures that your prints really pop.
Think About Texture
Layers are key to setting a table – and using a mix-and-max range of colour is a brilliant way to achieve this. If you’re using vibrant prints and hues, such as the Wedgwood Wonderlust collection, ensure that you choose a neutral base tone for your tablecloth. Pastels and creamy whites are your friend, but an alternative option would be a classic navy blue.
Stacking side plates on top of dinner plates is a brilliant way to bring a layer of height to your table setting. The same principle can be used with your napkins too. Think about placing them on top of the plates as opposed to the side and consider a different route than the classic ironed fold. A simple knot is always effective (and avoids the need to iron your napkins), or you could use a ribbon to create a pinched effect. At Christmas I love to create napkin parcels placing small treats or wrapped chocolates in the centre of the napkin and tying up the sides to create a ‘napkin present’ of sorts. Think about how your guests can ‘unwrap’ the table as if it were a present. As each plate is removed, something new is revealed.
Using striking designs such as the Wedgwood Wonderlust collection will bring a bold and memorable texture to your table. Whether I’m setting the table for a festive family breakfast or supper with friends, I always include nuts, fruits or chocolates served in small yet vibrant bowls. It’s a good tip if you’ve no time to buy flowers and ensures that your table always looks colourful and generous.
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