The art of decorating your tabletop has become a popular Instagram trend called ‘tablescaping’. Not sure how it works? Here’s our handy guide to follow:
No longer restricted to weddings or events, even a Covid-safe casual get together with your family and friends can provide a perfect opportunity to dress up your table.
Whether you choose to snap your formally dressed dining table or a picnic-style affair on crates in the garden, there are plenty of ways to get your creativity flowing with our five handy hints for mastering the picture-perfect table.
Colour palettes, patterns and themes
Working out your colour palette or theme is the first step to establishing a strong table setting style.
It helps you to focus your vision and ensures that you have continuity throughout. Pinterest is a great place to get ideas. But if you are on a budget, use your existing pieces as a starting point and buy in a few hero items to complete your look.
This is an opportunity to express yourself, so don’t be afraid to mix and match colours, patterns or even materials.
Remember the basics
Tablescaping elevates your existing table layout, but don’t forget the basics that you’ll need for every table setting to work: plates, cutlery, glasses, napkins and a tablecloth. Depending on the occasion or meal – you may not need all of these items.
Top tip: You could start with basic white plates before adding something more decorative on top, such as one of our swirl marble side plates.
A vital consideration for any table setting aficionado is the centrepiece. Flowers may be the first thing that comes to mind. They’re beautiful, there are different varieties and colours to choose from. But, to mix it up a bit, you could also add in other elements with your theme, perhaps family photos for a celebration or sparkly pinecones at Christmas.
Alternatively, statement lighting or a table runner made from fabric offcuts or even paper can look good and be a conversation starter.
Top tip: Mix the heights of the decorations you use in the centre of your table to draw the eye and add depth. Use taller candlesticks, twigs or add banners and hanging fairy lights. Centrepieces don’t need to touch the table and could just hang down!
It can also be sustainable!
Creating a tablespace does not mean that you must buy new every time. Invest in pieces that you will use again and again. Neutral elements can be spiced up or choose statement pieces so you can pick out different colour palettes and textures.
Extend the seasonality of themes by using natural props. For example, paint pumpkins for autumn or Halloween. Bright colours of citrus fruits are perfect for summer themes, but they can also be used in baking/cooking or turned into dried decorations at Christmas once you’ve finished with them.
Items can also be multi-functional, our water tumblers can be used for drinks at lunch time or as a tealight holder at dinner.
Don’t forget the smaller details
Thoughtful detailing adds the finishing touch to any table. Create personal elements with handwritten placenames and decorative elements such as ribbon-tied cutlery or favours linked to your theme.
Top tip: take care to not overwhelm your table. You don’t want your guests struggling with space while trying to eat.