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Table set with Christmas table runner, plates, bowls and Christmas decorations

Cosy Christmas table ideas

Christmas time is typically a time for inviting family and friends for lunch, dinner or just a coffee (or mulled wine) get-together. This Christmas, impress your guest with a superb table setting inviting for hygge. 

It takes very little effort to set a beautiful table, but it has a great effect. Here are our 6 best styling tips. 

1. Decide on a colour palette 

You don’t have to restrict yourself to red and green just because those are traditional Christmas colours. Choose some colours that you really like and use accessories to add the Christmas feeling to the table. If you limit your colour palette to different shades of the same colour, it’s much easier to obtain a cohesive look.

Dining room with table set with Christmas table runner, plates, bowls and Christmas decorations

2. Use cloth napkins

Paper napkins are for everyday use. Cloth napkins contribute to the feeling that Christmas is a special holiday. They give you a sense of luxury and will also bring you joy in the time to come: As you fold them for your next get-together you can think back to all your previous dinner parties where you have used them.

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3. Use nature in your décor

Fresh pine is perfect during the holiday season, but you can also use dried flowers or other sprigs. Put a little twig on each plate or use them in a vase on the table. It’s free, it’s pretty and it brings life and a seasonal scent to your table.

Red placemat with plates, bowl and decoration

4. Start outside

If the weather allows it, invite for an afternoon in the garden or on the balcony. A warm drink and some snacks will keep you warm for a while, and your kids will love roasting marshmallows over the fire. 

You can also start your evening outside. Serve a pre-dinner drink or a snack on the patio, in the yard or on the balcony before you go indoors. Make sure you can enjoy the wonderful sight of lanterns with candles - or LED lights that look just as cosy.

Two lanterns on a patio

5. Use a Christmas table runner

A Christmas table runner is decorative and can create a feeling of elegance and tradition. It looks good on both a “naked” table and on top of a tablecloth. You can use several table runners across your table or just one along the length of the table – or mix them so they cross each other. Cover the middle with other décor like a centrepiece or a collection of candlesticks. 

Table runner with golden pattern

6. Use lighting to create a warm atmosphere

Low light creates a more intimate atmosphere than a ceiling lamp but make sure that your guests can see what is on their plates and don’t forget to light up the buffet table or the bar. Combine light and décor in one item - for example, the GRANE or BERLINGR Christmas tree with LED - and replace the floor lamp with a light tree. And voila, your dining room and Christmas table are dressed to impress!

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