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Traditional or Contemporary? Two Dining Styles to Inspire you this Christmas

With Christmas on the way, it’s never too early to begin wondering: which style should I opt for in my dining room this Christmas?
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The possibilities are endless with a vast, extravagant choice of sparkly decorations, seasonal display options and dining table designs available. You’re ready to create your very own winter wonderland, but the question is; what theme to choose? Does a traditional Christmas design suit your aesthetic or would you prefer an ultra-modern take on festivities?

At Furniture Village, we’re here to give you a few inspirational nudges to help you decide what décor direction to take this Christmas. Here we look at two very different but equally beautiful styles to make your home look fabulous this festive season.

Green and red

If you’re thinking about a traditional look this year, then consider pairing your wooden dining table and chairs with the colour scheme of green and red. Natural woods and antique pieces create a stunning backdrop to adorn with Christmas decorations for that classic rustic charm.

Red crackers and green napkins are a timeless finishing touch sure to spread the Christmas cheer, something emphasised further with the Christmas tree taking pride of place in the corner of the dining room, made up in all of its glory with tinsel and baubles.

Bringing the outdoors in

Using natural foliage as part of your decorative toolkit, you can further enhance this traditional look. Try adding holly to your dining room table centre piece, and bring the charm of the outdoors in. You can even add it to the back of your dining chairs with personalised seating tags. Adding a gorgeous green wreath to the dining room door is a delightful way to welcome guests to your festivities – after all, it isn’t just the table that contributes to the room’s atmosphere, but all of the surrounding elements too.


Cosiness is at the forefront of a traditional dining room experience, a sense of homely comfort introduced the moment you walk through the door and sit down for a beautiful Christmas meal. This is something that can be achieved with the use of table lamps placed on light oak, or reclaimed pine sideboards within the dining room, creating a cosy winter cabin look.

Be bold with your colour aesthetic

If you decide on a more modern take on Christmas, the look begins with your chosen furniture. High gloss dining tables are the perfect way to bring that contemporary feel into your home and give you lots of room to play with when decorating for the holidays.

Select a bold and rich colour such as a rich purple or deep blue to create a vibrant contrast and enhance your design with eye-catching ornaments and confident statement pieces.

Go Scandi

For those who favour the minimalistic approach and don’t wish to clutter their homes with adornments and decorations, there’s always the option of going Scandinavian in style this winter. With a philosophy of “less is more”, simply use a crisp white palate as the base for your wintery wonderland and accent the dining room with hints of warm red. Subtle seasonal beautifications such as golden candle sticks are a tasteful finishing touch.


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