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Holiday Tabletop Décor to Match Winter’s Moody Palette

Words by Sacha Strebe.

Johnny Miller
Johnny Miller

Mother Nature’s pendulum has finally swung towards winter, officially leaving our sun-kissed skin on the back of a summer breeze to greet the cool change with a frigid embrace. But as we lament the lack of warmth we open our arms to the many pleasures each seasonal shift brings, which for us, is almost always about the food. More time spent indoors means countless hours cooking in front of a stove, from soul-enriching soups to heartwarming stews. If you’re expecting guests, then you’ll want to set a table that evokes the rich palette of winter’s moody hues to match. So, we’ve curated holiday tabletop décor that bucks the green and red tradition to evoke a changing of the seasons with rich texture and dark hues, instead. Because this is how we like to do the holidays.

Candlelight always sets a warm, inviting, and cozy mood this time of year. These taper holders will create visual interest with their varied height across the tabletop.

Nothing feels more personal than custom handwritten name tags for the table.

CB2 Black Dinner Plate

Black plates anchor the table and tap into the moody sentiment of the season.

Linen is our go-to for napkins all year round. They're perfectly imperfect with their chic wrinkled aesthetic.

Crate & Barrel Marin White Small Oval Serving Platter

In another nod to Mother Nature, opt for serve wear in organic shapes that don't feel overly precious.

A salad set with a simple, minimal aesthetic to serve with elegance this holiday and every occasion thereafter.

Ferm Living Ripple Champagne Saucer

Nothing elevates a tablescape quite like a champagne coup.

The artisanal shape of this plate and its dark hue tap into the wintry vibe.

These marble holders will enrich your dining settings with a touch of intentionality.

This column of cool brings a hint of modernity with a French flair.

Abstract marble trees will bring those holiday feels without being cliche.


Always turn to nature for texture, surfaces, and materiality to bring a fresh edge to any table setting.

A handle for guests to hold when they want to raise a toast by flickering candelight.

Crate & Barrel Aero Black 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting

Black flatware seems appropriate to match the dark hues of the wintery setting.

Crate & Barrel Dex Black 20-Piece Flatware Set

Or take it even further with this matte black flatware set.

CB2 Marta Optic Tasting Glasses, Set of 8

Drinking water (or wine) never looked so chic.

Keep a jug of water nearby so guests can fill their own throughout the evening.

Layer your neutrals with these matte salad plates that are just the right amount of odd and uneven.

Bring texture into your holiday tabletop décor for that folkloric effect.

If you want to tap into the traditional colors, opt for deep forest hues that are almost black like this dark green stemmed glass.

Clean lines and sleek design make these unique hand-turned candlesticks the perfect add-on to any space from the tabletop to your mantel.

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