How to style your dining table this Winter

Winter is the perfect time to invite family and friends’ round for delicious home-cooked meals, followed by board games or a seasonal movie with snacks. This might leave you wondering, how should I set the table for their arrival, what colour scheme suits my space, do I need additional crockery or trays for serving? Never fear, we’ve been there before and have written this handy guide to help you style your dining table this winter and ensure your table makes a statement this season.

1. Choose a table runner or table cloth

Protect your table from scuffs, stains, or scratches and bring extra flair to your dining table with a table runner or table cloth. Our cotton table runners from Nicola Spring have a ribbed design that offers soft, subtle texture to your table. It is machine washable making it perfect for any accidental spills, and can also be rolled up for easy, low volume storage. A great accessory to style your dining table with this winter.

2. Embrace Wabi Sabi

Huh? We hear you, and we thought the same until we researched this further. Hailing from Japan, Wabi Sabi is an expression that refers to the ancient Japanese art of recognising and celebrating the beauty in the naturally imperfect world. But how do you use this when decorating?
Think rustic, asymmetric décor, and respecting natural objects and processes. Our Woven Palm Leaf placemats are made from natural palm leaves and are recyclable and biodegradable to give you piece of mind. Another great, responsibly sourced option is the Round Cork Placemats from T&G. They are heat-resistant and non-slip to keep your table looking tip-top for longer.

3. Layer with charger plates

If you’re looking for a high-end finish to your table, you can’t go far wrong with charger plates. Our designs are available in several different colours, and in packs with napkin rings and coasters to complete your set up. They will bring a sense of occasion to any dinner party, gathering or family meal and will almost certainly be a talking point among your guests. We recommend layering these with a contrasting placemat or material napkins for texture and additional interest.

4. Choose a centrepiece

Another way to add interest to your table is to add a centrepiece. This could be a vase or glass storage jar with seasonal flowers, candles to add a cosiness and warmth or a beautiful arrangement with fairy lights intertwined to bring the festive season to your table early. While choosing a centrepiece is important, it is also a good idea to think about additional sideboards or welsh dressers that could benefit from some additional decoration too. These could house smaller decorations that complement the table or be the main display itself if space is tight around the table.

5. Keep seasoning close by

‘Tis the season for seasoning…well ok, there will always be at least one guest who likes to add more seasoning despite how much you may have already done. It’s an unwritten rule, and one we can’t quite fathom ourselves. Either way, it’s best to have salt and pepper mills nearby for the inevitable question. Match them to your tablecloth or runner, maybe to a feature wall you have or choose a more neutral option with plain wood or stainless steel. If you’re serving bread alongside your meal it is a great idea to include olive oil and balsamic vinegar in your table setting to cater for everyone’s needs.

We hope this has given you some ideas when it comes to styling your table for winter. At Rinkit we have a wide range of tableware including charger plates, placemats, coasters and much more so you can let your creative side run wild.

Thanks for reading,
The Rinkit Team