Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

How about a Gray and Yellow Summer Tablescape to brighten your day? Once we’re past the July 4th holiday finding an easy to work with color palette can be a challenge. By now most combinations of pastels have been used, and any tendencies towards fall are shunned like the plague. There’ll be time enough for that soon.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

Of course, the ultimate challenge as a tablescaper is using the same colors in a fresh new way. And might I add, without buying anything new. However, when that something new fits in with the color scheme you have in mind and only costs $2.00 you make an exception. This napkin was my inspiration. It’s seasonally neutral and I’ve only used the set a few times. Honestly, I should just stop going to the thrift store because I’m always met with lots of temptation.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.
It just so happened that I went in on a Wednesday which is senior citizen discount day. With that in mind along with these cute gray and white checkered salad plates begging me to take them, I couldn’t resist. Mind you about a month ago I also picked up his yellow checkered
cloth remnant. It was as if the Fairy Godmother of Tablescapes was nudging me in this direction. With my checkered plates in hand, I was off to style my next table.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

With all possible pieces laid out, a mixture of patterns, shapes, and texture began to take form. I used a gray polyester tablecloth as the base and laid the yellow cotton checkered cloth on top. It felt warm and cool at the same time.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

The silver chargers with ribbed edging added texture. From there I added a large square dinner plate, then a smaller gray one. See how well the two shapes play well together? Next came my inspiration napkin which combines all the colors of the palette. Topping it is the thrift store salad plate.

Easy Ideas for Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape

I always gather more items than are needed to have several options and see what feels best. These are the thrift store salad plates that sealed the deal. I love that the checkered pattern is a little free form. It kind of fits the mold but is still doing its own thing. Kind of like me!

Then comes the flatware. My choices were between the faux mother of pearl handled ones and another set with a solid gray handle. The choice couldn’t have been more obvious. These have a silky-smooth appearance directly opposite of the ribbed chargers and at first glance seem out of place with the checkered overlay. But somehow it works.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

Rounding out the setting are the crystal look tumbler and goblet also a thrift store purchase several years back. The etching on the glasses add another layer of texture plus they add a little sass to the setting.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

Finally, the centerpiece. Two large sunshine yellow mums in a mercury glass vase are the focal points. I added smaller yellow carnations along with white and ivory blossoms as fill-ins. Flanking each side are these diehard wooden white candleholders. Since I purchased them about a month ago they’ve been called into duty several times.

Combining Textures and Patterns in a Tablescape is a great way to add visual interest and style to your seasonal tabletops.

Combining textures and patterns are a great way to add interest to a Tablescape when you’re using minimal pieces. What are some of your favorite mid-to-late summer color palettes, or ones you’d like to see? I’m always looking for inspiration so do tell.

See these posts for additional examples

Adding Texture to a Tablescape
Texture Rules

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  1. Love this yellow and grey! I cannot stay out of the thrift stores either, too many fun things for so little money! I just scored a set of square dinner plates in a gorgeous gold, but like you it is wayyyy too early to think about autumn - there will be time for that later. The after patriotic holiday table I did was in pink and green, and like you I was a bit wary of more pastels. But, the thrift store won out again with some scalloped edged salad plates. Woohoo!! Love your yellow flowers too, the perfect centerpiece with those napkins. Your tables always come together so nicely!
    • Carole, you always say the nicest things! I'm looking forward to seeing how you style your table with those old square dinner plates.
    • I must admit Chris that I'm having thrift store withdrawal symptoms. I'm sure they have some fantastic stores here in Dallas but I will have to save that trip for another visit. Thanks for stopping by!
  2. You do such a great job mixing patterns!! Often daunting to do so, but you always inspire me with your tables and tips! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!