Setting up your dining table with a decorative tablescape is a fun way to add some festivity to any occasion, whether it’s a holiday gathering, a wedding, or just a dinner with friends.
But the big blank canvas of an empty table can be intimidating. When the rest of your home is well decorated, the table can seem like a boring empty hole. Where to start?
If you’re looking to decorate your kitchen, coffee or dining room table with something a little more exciting than just cutlery, here are some simple tips to get you started. Before you know it, you’ll be buzzing with ideas for the perfect tablescape.
- The basics
- Take inspiration from the season
- Don’t forget the food
- Not just for baroque palaces
- On a budget? Think about colour
Flowers, candles, and fruit bowls.
These simple items may seem humble, but they go a long way to transform a barren table to a welcoming environment. For coffee tables, include some interesting books and picture frames.
Seasonal and holiday motifs are a great starting place for designing a tablescape if you are stumped for ideas. Plus, if you are hosting guests or a holiday party, the seasonal details will boost the festive feeling, since the arrangement will be unique to the time of year instead of generic.
There are two important parts to this tip. The first is to make sure that you don’t crowd every last empty space on your table with decorations. You and your dinner guests will need some elbowroom and space to place food and drinks.
The other side of this tip is to think about the food itself as part of your tablescape during dinner parties. With a little care, things like breadbaskets and side dishes can be displayed beautifully so that they also make up part of your décor.
No matter what the overall design aesthetic is of your room, you can create a tablescape that fits.
From Versailles to a rustic cottage – any style can accommodate a tablescape. This means you don’t have to pressure yourself to invent something completely outside of your comfort zone. Think about the design choices that come naturally to you.
If you don’t have the time or money for grand floral arrangements, you can still create a tablescape that is a delight for the eyes.
Find a palette of colours that suits your décor, and select your tablecloth, napkins, and placemats accordingly. Table runners are another great way to easily add some colour and pattern variation to the table.