The table that we’ve chosen to use is the newly-released Balmoral. It’s a classic refectory table with sculpted baluster legs and an oak pedigree, but the heavily brushed finish gives it a bit of edge. It looks at its best in larger spaces. Why it works It’s a timeless design so that immediately gives the look real gravitas. Its size and splendour are a little majestic and are perfectly suited to occasions as special as Christmas Day. And because it’s solid oak, even without trying, there’s a whisper of winter forest to the scheme, which is one of our favourite festive references.
The chairs are armchairs. If you’re like us, and long for the comforting embrace of a sofa or squishy armchair after you’ve been sat on a wooden chair for a little too long, then this idea will resonate particularly well with you. Christmas is a time for generosity and luxury, so if you have the space, sit upon armchairs while you feast instead of the traditional dining chair. We’ve used our William chairs. Why it works Because it’s decadent. Because it’s doing things differently. More than that, it’s doing something that we’ll instinctively think won’t work while wishing it could. It works because there’s space in the room. It works because every fabric is different, making each chair feel even more special. If you’re a little more limited on space, add in a handsome dining chair or two to break things up, but always with a blanket draped over its back.