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Winter dining series: Elegant dinner party

The second instalment of our 2018 Winter Dining series (check out last year's looks if you haven't already) is this elegant, moody winter dining space, perfect for cool-weather entertaining. This rich, layered space may look like a lot of effort to achieve but read on and we'll let you in on our stylist's secrets for creating this look with simple pieces (shop them all here!) and just a little know-how. 

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Set the scene

Let's not avoid the (beautiful) elephant in the room – those rich forest green walls make this dining space sing! While bold shades like this might leave you feeling a little apprehensive, they are perfect for achieving impact on a budget – even a single wall, a rug or even decor in a bold shade will have a similar effect. Classic replica wishbone chairs and a simple oak dining table with black, brushed-metal detail contrast with the bold wall, while a statement pendant adds interest and depth. A rug and striking decor on the sideboard, all in simple monochrome, complete the look.

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On the table 


Texture, layers and a pared-back colour palette form the basis of this striking table setting. A sculptural placemat paired with faceted crystal glassware and linen napkins add depth – our stylist's trick, pick up some gold chain from your local hardware store to tie around each napkin for a magazine-worthy look. Brushed gold cutlery, stone side plates and stunning ombre dinner plates in organic shapes complete the look, and sticking with a simple colour palette keeps the tabletop from feeling overdone.

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Stylist tips


-Go bold or go home! Whether its on your walls or in a piece of decor like a rug or artwork, try a bold colour for the ultimate in winter dinner party elegance.
-Keep furniture choices simple. The classic oak table and wishbone chairs show that even with basic furniture pieces, you can create a showstopping look.
-Layer, layer, layer! From the tabletop to the sideboard and decor, this space is full of rich layers. Stick to a simple colour palette throughout for success.

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Shop this stunning space now and keep your eyes peeled for more styling ideas, cool-weather collections and inspiration in our Stay in, Be cosy edit.

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