Use textiles to make a colourful base. If you’re using winter’s palette of dark colours, off-set it with warm metals like gold. A centrepiece is a chance to add colour. Here, florist Łukasz made a full-petalled bouquet, scattering some petals for a relaxed feel. His tip? Check guests can see over your bouquet: ‘Lay your palm on the table, arm vertical – it mustn’t go above your elbow.’
‘For us the idea of sitting around the dining table is the same as gathering round the fireplace. It’s traditional and intimate’
Łukasz and Radek
Serve up comfort
Plan for your guests’ comfort and they’ll sit at your table long into the night. ‘Our friends become our family when we sit around the table together,’ says Łukasz, who adds to his table’s welcoming mood with little touches that put guests at ease – from extra cushions and throws to wrap round chilly shoulders, to an always-full glass and second helpings!
Use candle light
‘The darkness in winter can make you feel very low, so we always have candles around to add warmth,’ say Radek and Łukasz. ‘If we haven’t had much time to prepare for guests, or unexpected visitors drop by, having candles to light at the table shifts the mood instantly,’ says Łukasz.
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Interior stylist: Carl Braganza
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards