Winter table decor to make your guests swoon

Nov 17, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. ET

These fabulous winter table ideas will see you through the festive season — and beyond.

For the perfect winter table setting to see you through to spring the key is to choose items that aren't too Christmassy. Forget about nativity scenes and wreaths and go for stylish decorations that evoke the magic of the season through colour, texture and pattern.

Red and cream

Red is an incredibly festive colour, of course, but can look great as part of your home decor colour scheme all year long. Pair it with cream for a cosy country kitchen vibe this Christmas. Don't be scared to mix contrasting patterns on runners, cushions, napkins and tablecloths: the colour scheme will tie everything together.

Sometimes, the most effective centrepiece for your table is something that's already right there in your home. The vivid red petals of an amaryllis look amazing in a simple white or cream vase in the middle of the table. If you have a long table create a line of tea lights in red or cream ceramic candle holders down the centre.

A stylish winter table setting will impress your dinner guests

by Sainsbury's foliage tea light holder, £6; by Sainsbury's gold pillar candle holder, £12; by Sainsbury's red berry printed napkins, £5 ; by Sainsbury's red pattern knit cushion £15; by Sainsbury's felt snowflake place mat (2 pack), £6; by Sainsbury's soft gold leaf inclusion candle, £8; by Sainsbury's embroidered hearts table runner, £12; by Sainsbury's reindeer cushion £15

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All natural

For a winter table setting inspired by nature go back to basics. Create a simple centrepiece with dried winter flowers, berries and foliage in a large pewter jug or simply pile shiny red apples and chestnuts in a deep basket or bowl. Pine cones are ready-made place-card holders.

Candles add instant ambience to a dinner table and will keep your guests feeling warm and relaxed even if it's cold and dark outside. Arrange pillar candles of different heights and sizes on a large platter in the centre of your table. Create a collection of lanterns and candle holders to give your table a rustic, eclectic feel.

A stylish winter table setting will impress your guests

by Sainsbury's heart bark effect candle holder small, £4; by Sainsbury's grey lantern, £16; by Sainsbury's large pine cone candle, £15; wooden star, small £3, large £4; by Sainsbury's stags head candle, £5; by Sainsbury's tea light house, £12

Blue and silver

For a table setting that oozes elegance you can't go wrong with dark blue and silver. Contrast navy or royal blue table linen with silver decorations for a magical look. Attention to detail is key: your crockery should be gleaming white and your glassware sparkling. Large silver candelabra will give any table a majestic feel and for an even frostier winter effect wrap crystal beads around their stems.

Who says Christmas baubles have to be packed away when the tree comes down? Choose the ones that match your blue and silver colour scheme and display them in a bowl or basket for a simple but effective centrepiece. For this theme, the more glittery and sparkly, the better.

A stylish winter table setting will impress your guests

by Sainsbury's large tea light holding reindeer, £30; by Sainsbury's 3 arm nickel candelabra, £15; standing bird decoration, £3 ; by Sainsbury's cotton table cloth, £15; gold tipped white feather wreath, £12; by Sainsbury's Christmas tree silver fir multiwick candle £8

Now all that's left for you to do is cook up a feast that's just as impressive as your stylish winter table setting…

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