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Table styling tips: How to bring your style to life

No matter the theme or occasion, a perfectly decorated table will bring a touch of style and sophistication to any meal. To help you put the finishing touches to your table setting, the experts at Maxwell & Williams have shared their secrets to effortless styling.

1. To create a bright, bold look with sophistication, choose just one or two accent colours to focus on for your table. Use these consistently across your serveware, tableware and accessories, or choose one colour in varying shades and patterns to help create a cheerful space that isn’t overwhelming. Contrasting colours can work wonderfully too such as bright fuchsia with canary yellow or deep turquoise with metallic gold.

2. If you like to think of yourself as more of a creative cook, try adding some yellow to your kitchen. It’s a happy colour that can help promote creativity and vitality for an inspiring dinnertime.

3. For a subtly feminine style that’s not all pink and frills, look to soft colours and simple curves. Don’t be afraid to incorporate a touch of blue either – it’s a colour commonly thought to represent peace, serenity and kindness, and a simple blue teapot or accent plate can be an eye-catching addition to an otherwise pink palette. 

4. For an edgier look, try pairing blush pink with a charcoal base, or if you’re hosting an afternoon tea, bring delicate gold touches on serveware to life with accents of gold on cupcakes, macaroons or chocolate desserts. Showcase these on cake stands of varying heights for eye-catching appeal.

5. If monochrome is more your style, try layering black and white dinnerware. Start with a black tablemat, layer with a large white plate, a black side plate, and finish with a white bowl and black napkin.

6. Feeling a more neutral colour palette? Play around with unique textured surfaces to bring your table setting to life. Mix raw materials like wood, stone and marble with glamorous, patterned crockery, or for an earthier feel bring mineral hues like copper to life with a touch of green.