Bring the beauty of the natural world into your home with table decorations utilising the simple beauty of earth and water motifs...
Alpine fresh While Scandi-chic trends every year, for AW17/18 guests should breathe in a mountain-fresh feel when they step into a home decked out in wintery sprigs of pine, fir and rosemary, frosted wreaths, and fabrics flecked with subtle motifs of snow-laden branches. Lay the table with plain plates and bowls in shades of white, cream and pale grey, Iittala glassblown votives and tall single stem candelabra.
Green giant In all senses of the word, “green” is fashionable, from sourcing eco-friendly homewares to buying them in verdant shades, and surrounding oneself with an abundance of plants. For festive soirées, fill living spaces with leaf-prints, laden with layers of soft fabrics such as velvet and knits in a rich palette of bold greens, and contrast with rougher textures such as rattan baskets and untreated wood tabletops for a tactile feel.
Act natural For a wholesome, rustic effect, place succulents across your table setting and surrounding display areas. Pair with natural materials and colours such as napkins and tablecloths in a sandy linen or grey burlap. Glamorise the look with accents of gold, or soften with hints of grey and faux-fur.
A shore thing Living along the Gulf, it’s natural to be inspired by the beaches. But, instead of a classic blue and white entertaining scheme, add an edge of decadent drama with rich cerulean and splashes of emerald green, or pair duck-egg blue or pale turquoise with brown for a softer approach.
Beach couture If you’re throwing a New Year beach party, curate your tablescape with delicate details like lace and white orchids, bird-cage hurricanes, and vintage-style wooden chairs and candleholders with peeling paint for a rustic yet elegant effect.
Coral culture This material is inherent in the UAE’s history of homemaking, with the porous nature of coral providing the perfect insulation for walls and ceilings. These days, coral is used as a decorative feature, making such things as lamp bases, candle holders and ornaments. Use instead of seashells as an accent for coastal schemes; scatter between plates and place in glass sand-filled hurricanes.