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Chrome your Christmas

Shine bright with fashion-forward molten hues and elevate your table from lovely to luxe.

Forego the traditional red, green and white colour combo for an infinitely more elegant palette: matte black and gold. This combination goes together like mistletoe and kisses, just make sure you follow the rules:

1 Think layering – not just of your flatware, table runners, place mats, crockery and serviettes, but also textures. Adding wood, linen, ceramic or glass can soften or enhance this look.

2 Combine matte with glossy, smooth with natural and soft with hard.

3 Keep it crisp and modern – and let décor and tableware take the spotlight – by keeping your tablecloth a neutral white linen.

Try the trend with these quirky DIY ideas:

Make your own message boards as part of your table centrepiece by painting small wooden chopping boards with chalkboard paint.

Upcycle wine or glass water bottles with chalkboard paint. Using a stencil, spray letters in gold to spell out a word and finish the look.

Incorporate bling tea light candles into your décor or make your own by wrapping gold washi tape around the metal exterior. You could also glam them up with glue and glitter.

Personalised final touches make all the difference: Turkish delights wrapped in gold foil and spray-painted proteas are a sensory delight.

Mandy Allen