Whether you host din­ner par­ties, fam­ily lunches or meals for one, give your din­ing ta­ble a makeover fit for a Miche­lin Star eatery

Leicester Mercury - - Home Style - Let bud­get de­cide what new pieces to in­vest in. Not ev­ery­thing has to match. Take in­spi­ra­tion from your ex­ist­ing dé­cor and the sea­sons. Con­sider up­cy­cling. Keep your din­ing ta­ble in tip top con­di­tIon with a pro­tec­tive table­cloth

Christ­mas is fast ap­proach­ing and chances are at some point dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties, your din­ing ta­ble is go­ing to take cen­tre stage. If yours has seen bet­ter days, now is the per­fect time to start think­ing about a re­vamp. There are plenty of ways to give your din­ing ta­ble a first-class makeover, no mat­ter what your bud­get.

SUITE DREAMS

Gone are the days when buy­ing a new din­ing ta­ble meant buy­ing a com­plete din­ing suite.

The wealth of choice on the mar­ket to­day means if only part of your din­ing suite needs re­plac­ing, there is some­thing out there to suit.

So if your chairs are in re­ally good con­di­tion, but your ta­ble has seen bet­ter days, find one that works with your ex­ist­ing fur­nish­ings.

And by works, don’t be afraid to pair mis­matched pieces. Shop around lo­cal sal­vage yards or on­line stores to find one-off pieces.

If you’re in the mar­ket for new chairs, again mix and match. You could al­ways go for the same style in dif­fer­ent shades of the same colour, or com­pletely dif­fer­ent chairs in the same colour. Or sim­ply buy four dif­fer­ent chairs that you ab­so­lutely love, re­gard­less of colour and style.

CEN­TRE OF AT­TEN­TION

ADDING a sea­sonal cen­tre­piece is an easy way to ramp up the style in your din­ing room.

Be­fore you worry you’re go­ing to have to get all Blue Pe­ter and start for­ag­ing in your gar­den for the per­fect shaped leaf or pine cone, a cen­tre­piece can be as min­i­mal­ist or over the top as your like.

It doesn’t have to be home­made ei­ther. A sim­ple can­dle, a fresh bou­quet of flow­ers or a small sculp­tural pieces will do the trick.

Take in­spi­ra­tion from your home’s ex­ist­ing style and add some sea­sonal flair, such as small baubles or fairy lights at Christ­mas, and freshly-picked blooms in the sum­mer months.

COVER ALL

Once upon a time, a ta­ble set­ting wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a ta­ble cloth. But with the rise of min­i­mal­ism and laid­back din­ing, ta­ble cloths just aren’t as pop­u­lar.

How­ever, if you’ve just bought a pretty pricy din­ing ta­ble, you might want to do what you can to pro­tect your new in­vest­ment.

Ta­ble run­ners and mats will pro­tect your ta­ble from marks made by hot dishes and can be neatly tucked away once meal time is over. If your ta­ble is used more fre­quently for other pur­poses, home­work for ex­am­ple, an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing PVC cloth will keep your ta­ble top in pris­tine con­di­tion and free from felt tips.

Plus, if you are host­ing a swanky din­ner party all you need to do is whip it off and voila, a per­fectly pris­tine ta­ble un­der­neath.

SMALL CHANGES

New crock­ery, cut­lery and charger plates will make a big im­pact with­out break­ing the bank. The great news if you’re look­ing to change up your ex­ist­ing pieces is the wealth of choice on the mar­ket.

Cut­lery is avail­able in all man­ner of shades, from iri­des­cent met­als to Scandi-in­spired matt black, while the crock­ery mar­ket has ev­ery­thing you could ever wish for and more. From the most pared back white china pieces to sets that con­trast beau­ti­fully, there is some­thing for all tastes.

Charger plates – which are tra­di­tion­ally used to dress a ta­ble for more for­mal oc­ca­sions – are 2. 3. 4. 5. be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in the home for din­ner par­ties and sup­per clubs. They are ideal if you want to add that all-im­por­tant fin­ish­ing touch.

■ Les­ley Tay­lor is the author of 10 in­te­rior de­sign books and has ap­peared on a range of net­work TV shows, in­clud­ing This Morn­ing, giv­ing in­spi­ra­tional ad­vice on home styling. Go to les­ley­tay­lor. co.uk for more on her work.

Create your own cen­tre­piece to com­ple­ment your home’s style If bud­get is tight, in­vest in state­ment crock­ery and cut­lery to give your din­ing room a boost in the style stakes

Keep your cen­tre­pieces sea­sonal by adding fin­ish­ing touches, such as these Christ­mas tree can­dles from Broste Copen­hagen

For a fuss-free fin­ish in­vest in a beau­ti­ful ta­ble that re­quires lit­tle to no dec­o­ra­tion

Team con­tem­po­rary seats with a clas­sic din­ing suite for a mod­ern look

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