Create a holiday tabletop with colors from a coastal palette.

By Julia Rutland
August 12, 2008
Cool Blues
Jean Allsopp

Cool Blues
Silver accents sparkle when paired with dinnerware in watery hues. Arzberg Tric Caribic plates, mug and saucer, and coffeepot, etabletop; 212/251-0621 or Silver pinecone, Still Life Gifts; 800/211-2511 or e-mail

Natural Neutrals
Texture―from smooth mother-of-pearl to rough pebbles―adds interest to a soft, white setting. Odeon Platinum Tone dinnerware, Target; 800/591-3869 or Black Shagreen flatware, Asiaphile; 818/550-1450 or Twig and round white napkin rings, salt and pepper shakers, and mercury-glass votives, At Home Furnishings; 205/879-3510. The Fish sea horse napkin ring, Bijoux de la Mer; White Stone table runner, Viva Terra; 800/233-6011 or Candleholders, Michael Aram; 212/461-6903 or

Sea Greens
Who needs red? Gleaming emerald barware elevates ordinary holiday entertaining. Ice bucket and tongs, Table Matters; 866/861-0125 or Cipriani green cordial glass, Vietri; Facet glasses in Green, Champagne flutes, and "crystal" stopper, Slant; TranSglass vase and three cups, Artecnica; Bottle opener, At Home Furnishings; 205/879-3510.

Bold Black and White
Go for drama with starkly contrasting plates and accessories. Hammered-metal accents complement the theme. Seychelles Black dinnerware, Philippe Deshoulieres; Solar Palazzo napkins, Dransfield & Ross; 212/741-7278 or Fish plate, Jonathan Adler; 800/963-0891 or Votives, Beach Dwelling; 800/941-9690 or