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At Christmas, your table should be particularly lovingly decorated. After all, this is where the whole family meets to spend this special day together. A beautifully designed Christmas table runner sets the right mood and creates a festive ambience.
Decorating your home for Christmas is a labour of love – and part of the magic of Christmas. Choosing table linen that is perfect for the occasion is important, as your festively laid table will be the star of the celebrations.
Choose Christmas tablecloths and table runners that match the colour concept of your interior as well as your Christmas decorations. Tablecloths with a Christmas design can look very festive. However, due to their large size, the effect can be too overpowering or too busy.
A Christmas table runner creates a more understated and therefore far more impressive look. Compared to a patterned tablecloth, it looks much lighter and does not completely hide your beautiful dining table. A Christmas table runner is a wonderful way to integrate your table into the Christmas decorations. It sets off fine tableware and sparkly crystal glasses to perfection.
Whether contemporary or classic, you should ensure that your Christmas table runner is made from a fabric that can simply be washed in the washing machine. Villeroy & Boch offers a wide range of beautiful designs that are stain resistant and made of high-quality polyester. All of them are machine washable at sixty degrees.
Due to its smaller size, a Christmas table runner is more flexible and can also be used on top of a tablecloth, like a slip cloth. For a contemporary look, serve your Christmas lunch or dinner at a table that is not covered by a tablecloth but has a long Christmas runner as the centrepiece instead, positioned either lengthways or diagonally.
Christmas table runners are available in various sizes. The smallest make perfect place mats and measure around 35 x 50 cm. They are usually sold in sets of four, whilst larger table runners are sold singly. Medium-sized table runners measure around 50 x 140 cm, large versions 40 x 180 cm. Depending on the size of your table and your runner, you can use them to decorate your table in different ways.
For a more traditional look, place a decorative Christmas table runner on top of your full-size tablecloth like a slip cloth. For a well-balanced overall impression, choose a design that matches the tablecloth; similar shades look just as good as completely contrasting colours.
Your Christmas table runner should also go with your festive decorations. Classic red, white and green is the right choice for a traditional theme. Patterned table runners with Christmas designs should be combined with a plain-coloured table cloth or used on their own.
If they match your decorating concept, lace-trimmed Christmas table runners or rustic designs made from jute are another beautiful option. Christmas motifs and patterns – such as stars or fir tree sprigs – often add some nostalgic charm, although they can also make a purist and contemporary statement.