• Creating a restaurant vibe at home

    Here’s how to ensure your dining table is an Instagram hit as it fast becomes the new ‘shelfie’ of 2020.

    Dine out on colour

    • Experiment with colours when arranging your tableware and glasses. Place them on stunning table linens and add a finishing touch with a contrasting napkin.
    • If your day-to-day crockery and linen needs a style boost, then try adding an accent colour. Sunny yellow shades are perfect when paired with monochrome, while pale pinks add warmth to earthy neutrals.
    • Muted soft grey palettes, with a few elements of dramatic black,are just as much in fashion this summer, as they were in the winter.
    • Make time to dress your table with a gorgeous cloth, add a set of lovely napkins and use placemats.
    • White china is no longer the fashion piece it used to be, as the trend now is for coloured. Also, everyone is looking for items designed and/or made in the UK.
    • Coloured glassware is also very in. Go for tinged tumblers and wowser wine glasses for those pre-dinner tipples and sundowners.

    Feast on pattern

    • Treat your table in the same way that you would your sofa. It’s always in need of a seasonal refresh when it comes to cushions and throws, so your table ought to be the same.
    • Intoduce patterned tableware and linens. Pick napkins in bold designs.
    • Select unusual glassware to give a sense of occasion to your at-home restaurant.
    • This seasons must-have is tableware has to have sustainability credentials too.
    • Bowls are the tableware item of 2020, with sales of salad and pasta dishes soaring. Pasta is the ultimate comfort food for those needing a culinary hug, while salads feature heavily on foodie Instagram feeds. Extra brownie points if you’ve been growing your own too!
    • But any old bowl won’t do. It’s all in the glaze; everyone wants to eat like an artisan. They want to be transported to their favourite holiday restaurant overseas, or to the best boutique brasserie on the block. So, look for bowls with texture and glaze appeal.
    • Add some more depth to your table with a stunning centre piece. Finish things off with a fresh flower arrangement or a selection of succulents.

    Now sit back and enjoy!