It’s not uncommon in my world of art and design to see an art image and think of something else that has nothing to do with the painting subject. I have a great admiration for people’s art and visions of art. Looking deeply into the artist’s color selections, or interpreting the artist’s thoughts often put me in a state of transcendental thinking, wandering in the maze of my imagination that creates more images and more ideas.
This is what happened when a few months ago I saw this photograph on Google+ by photographer Chris Lord http://chris-lord.artistwebsites.com/featured/caster-oil-plant-chris-lord.html
His beautiful composition in hot red immediately made me think of a Baroque Christmas dinner table. I created a board to express my thoughts. Now it is easy to copy it, the work has been done for you if you want to decorate your Christmas table with these colors. My Baroque Christmas table is rich and classic with a twist.
Choose a simple, plain red tablecloth as a base, overlay in diagonal a brown chocolate shimmering fabric. Depending on your Christmas menu, stack two or three glass plates with some golden details, use crackled golden glasses to match the golden plates.
Burgundy Damask napkins with rich burgundy tassels as napkin rings will go very well with golden plates and glasses.
To make interesting combination, a modern flatware with flair of primitive rusticity made of a safe golden alloy with twigs metal handles will make a good entry. I want the food to get the attention it deserves, thus I prefer the centerpiece very simple, only glass candle holders to add sparkles over a dark shimmering fabric. Cover the glass of the candle holders with natural twigs and insert beeswax candles (they are safer for your health than paraffin candles). Around the room, disperse some Baroque decorations, but keep it simple, orbs of greenery and pinecones, with a few grouping of glass balls will be sufficient to create an elegant ambience.
Share your Christmas table, I would love to see how you will decorate it. I hope you have a splendid Christmas, Ciao.
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in kitchen, bath, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen designs. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California featured Valentina’s work. She also has made four appearances on T.V. Comcast Channel 15. Author of three published books, the latest ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors.