Watercolour tablescapes

We are confident that our watercolour theme for this festive season fits the South African climate best: it’s light and summery and will be perfect for a beach or poolside Christmas.

As I’m researching ideas for the Homeology Christmas table we will reveal as our grand finale for the year, I thought I should share a few lovely watercolour tablescapes I found while snooping around on the internet.

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stylemepretty.com ehow.com

Singing the blues

I love the artistic flair of these table linens. It’s a simple paired down setting with a lot of punch. Remember to echo the color in other areas like the beautiful chandelier of flowers suspended above the table on the left and then dotted on the center of the table again.

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camillestyles.com weddingchicks.com

Colour soaked

Watercolour on linen works best as a ombré effect. It’s a simple technique of letting the fabric soak up the colour so it goes from dark to light. You can play with multiple colours or keep it simple with only one like the two examples here.

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stylemepretty.com storyboardwedding.com

Back drop

If you are planning an outdoor table setting consider using a backdrop to pull your theme together. This colourful one on the left creates an energetic and festive feel to the setting. Combining crayon and watercolor creates a resist technique and looks great on stationary.

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styleunveiled.com

As pretty as a picture

This soft watery palette is fresh and inviting. I love the watercolour stains on the table cloth and the center piece that is lifted to different levels with perspex blocks. This transparent element is echoed in the glassware and ghost chairs to create an airy feel. The soft pastel coloured flowers tie the look together beautifully.

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ohhappyday.com thesweetescape.com

Have some fun

Details should add some fun to your setting so look at using paper fans that have been colour-dipped in watered down paint for the watercolour effect. Try the same effect for your menu items like these heart shaped cookies with their watercolour icing.

Happy styling!

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Christmas table inspiration

Be inspired with these gorgeous Christmas table settings.

I have found a lovely variety from really simple rustic settings to a few modern twists on the traditional interpretation. It’s really important to set the tone and wow guests with a lovely table. Try to have a cohesive theme throughout including your garlands and surrounding decor.

Robust woodlands 

Play with branches, berries and antlers as a center piece. This gorgeous solid wood table really comes to life by only using a runner in the middle of the table exposing the dark wood that adds depth to the setting.

Break off little branches and tie the name tags around them to echo the greenery.

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allrecipes.com thepostsocial.com

 Lush greenery

Construct a low center piece of succulents and air plants combined with moss and bark. Bling it up with gold color dipped glasses and plates with gold trim.

Echo the greenery by placing one air plant on each plate or make name cards with a single stem of rosemary for added fragrance.

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 styleestate.com thekitchn.com

From the garden

Use elements at your disposal by going into the garden and incorporating branches and blooms. Combined with glassware and candle light it’s the perfect toned down Christmas look.

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styleestate.com 

Animal theme

I simply love this formal table setting with the metallic animals as a quirky twist. You can even combine animals like this ceramic deer head with your place cards.

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 styleestate.com frenchcountrycottage.net

Monotone with a dash of red

Incorporate natural elements like these wooden tree disks and branches with berries for the ultimate modern twist on the traditional color palette of green and red.

Cut out stars makes lovely name tags and simply peg them to the wine glasses with small craft pegs.

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sweetlittlepeanut.com thepostsocial.com

Modern traditional

I love the fresh take on the gingham runner by simply adding a playful pom pom trim. A big must in my books are fabric napkins. This type of celebration asks for nothing less so dress them up with a cinnamon stick and some faux berry twigs.

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sweetlittlepeanut.com lattelisa.co.uk

Light it up!

Use a string of decorative battery operated fairy lights as a center piece. It looks great combined with candles to give off a soft glow that creates a intimate look and feel to your Christmas table.

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renelinjer.com

I hope you feel inspired to now tackle your own Christmas table with flair!

Happy styling,

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