Gather ideas for decorating your holiday dining room with this black white and brass Christmas tablescape. Plus see 15 more creative Christmas tablescapes!
This year has been an interesting one for us, as it is the first year we’ve had Little Pax Ranch finished and ready for holiday celebrations. As you saw with my Christmas kitchen, some of my go-to holiday decor ended up out there. My goal, however, is not to use that as an excuse to buy double the decorations – ha!
Truly, I’ve been trying to find fun, creative ways to use things I already have. This year, I wanted something totally different (I loved the green and white Christmas dining room last year, and even the year before, but it was time for something new). I didn’t even put a Christmas tree in the dining room this year… yet. 😉
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Instead, I was inspired when I moved our kitchen chairs in here the other day (they are smaller than our normal dining chairs, so I was able to fit more people around the table for a recent party). I kind of like the black contrast and thought it would be fun to run with it and do a little black and white Christmas look in here. So I grabbed a black and white plaid throw blanket to use as a table runner.
And scrounged this pot from the yard (I’m not even sure where this pot came from, but I love the patina) and put together a simple, asymmetrical Christmas centerpiece using a mix of faux flowers and fresh greens.
I contrasted the rustic texture of the pot with some simple brass candlesticks… and the more modern black and white runner with my antique gold accented china. I would have used our gold silverware, but that set happens to be at Little Pax Ranch (ha!), so you’ll have to imagine it with me.
I brought in one more gold accent by adding some jingle bells to a wreath on the china cabinet.
It was such an easy tablescape to create, and I love the mix of traditional and modern in the space.
Tips for creating Christmas Tablescapes
As always, I love to design and create, but even more I love to help you do so in your home. Tablescapes are especially fun things to create because they are so directly focused on bringing people together – for fun, fellowship, food, and celebrations…
So I thought it might be helpful to pull out a few tips and Christmas tablescape ideas that I see from today’s Christmas dining room that you could translate to your own table, so matter what you have on hand.
Choose a color scheme
It doesn’t have to be perfectly matchy-matchy: no need to wallpaper the space and recover the chairs in buffalo plaid or tree patterns… but choosing a subtle color scheme (in this case, black and white and gold) can help the room feel more cohesive and draw attention to even simple Christmas tablescapes.
Think outside the box for textiles
I have used normal tablecloths and runners, of course, but I have also used sheets, scarves, shawls, and – today’s look – a throw blanket. Sometimes wrapping paper can be used as a runner or accent, and I’ve even made my own table runner for next to nothing. Don’t think you are limited by your tablecloth collection!
Use teacups for plate accents
I love to decorate plates with a small token, and there are basically limitless decorating ideas for that – an ornament, a pine cone, a sprig of greenery, a candle, a place card… And a teacup is the perfect holder for that item. It’s easy to set up and simple for the diner to set aside when the time comes to fill the plates with Christmas dinner.
Mix fresh and faux flowers and greenery
I first used these faux magnolia branches on an Easter table a couple of years ago. They have very firm stems, so I bent them into shape and then added some fresh greens and seeded eucalyptus. Keeping some good-quality faux florals on hand and mixing in fresh greens is such an affordable way to create beautiful holiday centerpieces and floral arrangements and stretch your budget.
Add twinkle lights somewhere
Even if you don’t have room for a tree in your dining room (or if you just don’t feel the need for multiple trees), a few twinkle lights around the doorway or on a sideboard can go a long way. The ambiance they provide – not to mention their ability to make non-traditional holiday colors feel celebratory – is key!
I hope you found these tips helpful! You can check out more tablescapes I’ve done over the years here.
This room is a mix of antiques (like my great grandmother’s dining set which I refinished) and new. Shop the exact pieces (when available) or a similar look below!
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