How to style a breakfast table

Good mornings start with a great breakfast. Here's our guide for how to set your breakfast table and start the day in style.

The most important meal of the day deserves some careful consideration. Here's how to start your day in style.

Talking tablecloths

A good breakfast lays the foundations for the day ahead, in much the same way good table linen is the fabric foundation for the setting. Consider high-quality linens in a neutral tone for a sense of timelessness - it's too early for anything too loud. A soft pastel pink, perhaps, or a sophisticated gray. Match it with napkins (no need for rings, a fold'll be fine) and you're well on your way.

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Alfresco Gingham Check Tablecloth £90.00 £63.00
Block Printed Linen Tablecloth £105.00 £74.00

Blooming, beautiful

Fresh flowers - is there a better smell in the morning? A new pot of coffee, maybe. Still, the good thing about morning is you don't have to choose. Set them up in a stylish vase and let the natural beauty fill the room. We'd recommend lavender or roses to really awaken the senses.

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Murano Glass Vase - Small £210.00 £147.00

Plates and mugs

When it comes to picking your plates and choosing your cups, it's best to pick pieces that match. Experimentation's all well and good but you can't wrong with cohesion. Minimalism, maybe with a subtle accent - let the food be the focus.

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Pretty In Pink Scalloped Tea Plates - Set of 4 £95.00 £67.00

Setting the scene

With the first meal of the day, it’s all about getting the basics right - bowl atop plate, fork to the left, knife & spoon to the right. (It’s early, so to make it easy to remember - fork has four letters, like left; spoon and knife have five letters, like right). You don’t need anything you’re not going to use, and no one needs to be confounded with a fish knife after waking up.

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4-Piece The Tortoise and the Hare Cutlery Set £84.00 £59.00

One-of-a-kind wonders

The personal touch is what separates your table from anyone elses. What's special to you? Perhaps it's a family heirloom or a one-of-a-kind shaker for salt and pepper; it's your space to stylize. Plus, decanting always is a winner - it's nice to see a quality jug than a box of juice.

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Bulgarian Pottery Green Jug £84.00 £59.00
Handpainted Small Ceramic Pomegranate £47.00 £33.00
Available in 2 colors

The outside view

Remember, this is your design, but you have to think how others will see it. Always zoom out and consider things from the perspective of the still half-asleep guest - what's their first impression? Is it being overwhelmed? Maybe it's needing to know who sits where, which is where name cards can become useful. The outsider perspective

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I'm a Fan Blue and White Placemat x 4 £75.00 £53.00
Candy Cane Stripe Napkins (Pair) £35.00 £25.00

Whether you're serving eggs and bacon, grapefruit, or pastries, we hope these tips help impress your guests and start your day in style.