How to style a black & gold table setting

Black and gold never gets old, but for this woodland table setting the usually glam aesthetic gets a make-under with illustrated plates, underplates with matt finishes, and autumnal foliage.

With some gorgeous new Viners cutlery and black Seltmann plates as my starting point I blended in some of my existing crockery and spray painted some pinecones and foliage for a finishing touch (place the pinecones in a shopping bag and spray into the bag to avoid mess).

For my table setting I layered four complimenting plates, with the napkin matching the top one, and layered underneath it:

Step 1: Pick some gorgeous gold cutlery

2. Create a base – I used simple Seltmann plates …

3. Add another layer…

4. And another…

5. Layer your napkin over the top…

6. And finally the smallest plate to tie the look together:

Then decorate to your heart’s content!

The gold pinecones can be reused as place name card holders, or as mantlepiece decorations nearer Christmas time.


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You can also easily turn the gold pinecones into hanging ornaments! Gold spray paint is such a versatile way to mix up your setting – paint autumnal leaves to decorate your table top, or use them to write guests’ names on.


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Too full on? Use gold marker pen to write on green leaves for something more subtle.


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When it comes to spray paint, there’s really no limit – pears can look fabulous as table decorations or with a single gold pear placed on each plate…


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… or you could paint something gold to suit a specific occasion – from feathers for thanksgiving to helium-filled mini balloons for birthdays, to plastic dinosaurs just for fun.

Introducing lots of woods and greens also has a striking effect:


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2 Comments

  • jade wilce says:

    Lovely post! Really loved to see how you pulled together inspiration to make something in your own home! 🙂 Love the leaf table places!

  • Mel says:

    Spraying pine cones is a fab idea! I thought of gathering pine cones in my mum’s garden this summer, but forgot to do it, what an idiot! I love your step-by-step guide and the result of your efforts 🙂

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