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The use of raw linen napkins, a burlap table runner and baby's breath in jars, as well as a rough-hewn wooden serving tray, keeps the table décor earthy. Image: Living4Media

There’s something incredibly homey and welcoming about rustic-style table decorating. Anchor the setting with swathes of soft linens and natural fabrics in earthy or neutral hues and provide a hint of texture through woven placemats or coasters.

Using slabs of wood as place setting chargers is an appealing way to elevate your guests' plate.

Work in gentle hints of colour through stoneware and artisanal ceramic plates and serve ware and use vintage style or mismatched cutlery and mason jars for water to add some relaxed charm. The simplest accents are most effective – tie a sprig of baby’s breath, rosemary or even bougainvillea around cutlery or a napkin for a beautiful, understated place setting and create personalised place cards with brown cardboard or recycled paper.

Sprigs of lily of the valley, a bird feather and tree bark tied to napkins and cutlery is a fresh dash of colour and texture straight from nature.  Image: Living4MediaWooden serving trays and linen napkins are part of Crate & Barrel's holiday crockery collection.

Dark Drama

Galway Living dark glassware, monochrome crockery and geometric table decorations from Debenhams offer an edgier look with some greenery and gold accents to add drama to the tablescape

If you’re looking to make a bold statement or celebrate something special, opulent shades of midnight blue, jade green, smoky grey and black continue to be one of the year’s biggest and most decadent decorating trends. These moodier colours make a dramatic statement for an evening or cocktail event and pair perfectly with luxurious gold elements.

Add copper accents to the drinks station with Debenhams' Viski copper-plated stainless steel bar collection

Art Deco style glassware or plates, textured stone platters or serve ware made from marble or granite and gold or black cutlery will immediately elevate this look. To accentuate further, heighten the sense of drama with dim mood lighting, fresh floral arrangements and lots of candles.

Gold cutlery, variously textured gold baubles and shimmery gold jingle bells add some reflective fun to the scheme.

Contemporary Classic

Silver bells, stars, beads and chargers are an elegant touch while frosted twigs and a white cranberry cluster are contemporary natural accents amid the tall-stemmed glasses.  Image: Living4Media

Sometimes the simplest schemes can be the most effective. Mixing shades of white and cream with silver results in a look that is both elegant and timeless – a combination that’s hard to beat for a special occasion.

White candles highlight the silver ornaments and glass baubles with snowflakes keep the setting cool. Image, left: Living4Media

This neutral palette makes it easy to introduce small hints of colour through floral arrangements, napkins or glassware – a trace of blue or pink complements the scheme nicely, while glassware or crockery with a silver rim or detailing instantly adds an element of luxury. Working with a range of different textures from silk-blended table linens, to hammered silver serving platters or salad bowls will lend some depth to your table setting.

Mixing silver and gold can be a particularly festive style with opaque, mirrored glasses adding a touch of chic.

Plum perfection

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The UAE’s coastal location means that summery watercolour palettes are a hit all year round. Soft pastels and floral shades all look fantastic in an outdoor setting while pink and rose tones can create a dreamy setting indoors.

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In order to create a cohesive scheme, start by selecting a base colour to establish the theme - a tablecloth is a simple way to introduce a core colour that can then be picked up and repeated through crockery, glassware, napkins, ornaments and flower arrangements. Edible centrepieces are another fantastic (and delicious) way to introduce colour, think bowls of figs, plums or berries.

Fresh floral arrangements and decadent desserts with berry hues complement this teal and lavender tableware set from Zara Home.

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