Finding your tablescape style is not a daunting task. Yes, there are online tools that will give you a clue, but all you have to do is look around your home. Unless you live in a museum your rooms are going to be very similar. I’ve always considered my style to be contemporary. Contemporary design elements are centered around clean lines and often smooth surfaces. Silhouettes are slim without being dainty. Decorative pieces are mainly frosted or clear glass, stainless steel, nickel, and chrome.
Then I started reading and thought maybe it’s modern. A google search of modern and contemporary tablescapes virtually turned up many of the same pictures. So, it seems like a version of you say tomato and I say tomatoh. Here is the textbook definition of Contemporary vs Modern.
Staying put in one style box can make designing tables or anything else easier, but it can also lead to monotony which is the ultimate creativity killer. Keep in mind that no matter your style, there may be times when it overlaps with others.
Other than seasonal décor, my ideas often come to me via a color palette. For weeks, I’ve wanted to work with gray and navy. I guess I didn’t have my fill with the color gray in my previous table. With the addition of a darker blue the mood of this table changed, but not in a bad way.
From the most basic touch like adding a tablecloth, which is optional and charger or placemat, layering works wonders when you use minimal decorations on your table. It adds depth which gives the eye something to focus on. The next step would be to stack your china. Start with a dinner plate, follow with a salad plate and top with a bowl or dessert plate. Here instead of a bowl I added a small ramekin and filled it with truffles wrapped in blue.
There are times when a great bargain will influence your design ideas. When they tie into your style it’s a match made in tablescape heaven. My mantra of not buying anything new went out the window when I went to Target and found the gray dinner plates at $2.49 each. Burlington’s is where I found this set of blue and white dessert plates for $2.79 and the tiny blue ramekins. I love how the textured dots on the ramekins tie into the blue dots on the white plates. There was no way I was leaving without them.
Using a galvanized piece was also something I wanted to do. Lo, and behold I went into Gordman’s and found this little pail for $4.99. Guess my meager purchase wasn’t enough because I read that Gordman’s has filed for bankruptcy and is closing all their stores.
The galvanized pail was filled with sand and then I inserted mums and woody stems. This sits on a silver tray with a quilted finish that adds more texture to the centerpiece. Also on the tray is a glass vase with stems of tiny blue flowers. To fill in the blanks spots on the tray I added two more of the small blue ramekins and several raffia balls. Rounding out the display is a tall flameless candle.
I love sleek lines, simple patterns, and geometric shapes. However, this table could be considered a mash-up. The color palette is simple but the flowers in the galvanized pail are more frilly and lacy. However, in the grand scheme of things, it works. Even though most of my tables have minimal decorations, sometimes I like to go over the top. Tables of grandeur as I like to call them are especially nice for holidays and other calendar celebrations. And if you’re florally challenged like me this is your time to add in seasonally appropriate décor that you wouldn’t use any other time of year and that you’re likely to already have in your stash.
The general rule for centerpieces is that you’ll need a minimum of 14 inches on each side of the centerpiece for place settings. Subtract at least 28 inches from the width of your table; that’s how much space is left for your centerpiece area. I for one, do not measure, I eyeball. I also like to place my centerpiece before adding the place settings. If needed I’ll rearrange the chairs or depending on the size of the centerpiece place it towards the back of the table. If all else fails when it comes to what to use as a centerpiece an edible one works wonders. This can be anything from a cake, a bowl of fruit to a simple display of veggies and dip.
Having more than one glass per setting adds a little pizazz to your table. When it comes to flatware, get creative with different color handles and patterns. Also, get creative with placement. Unless you’re hosting heads of state some rules can be bent. You have so many choices with napkins from cloth to paper. Some hostesses use a cloth napkin for the lap and a paper one for the lips. If you’ve ever hand lipstick stains on a napkin you know how frustrating it can be to get rid of them. Use different napkin folds or use a napkin ring. Tie your napkin with ribbon or twine, or just go without. Here I’ve used two different patterns napkins but in the same color group.
The most important thing to consider when finding your tablescape style is to be true to who you are and feel comfortable with your results. Design elements come and go, have fun with it. Naturally, there’s an online quiz to help you Define Your Style.
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