Tablescaping is the art of setting a table, and doing this the right way can totally set the mood for any event whether it’s just friends coming over for a nice dinner or you’re setting up for a special holiday. We love tablescaping because there aren’t really any rules, only some tips, and tricks which we’ll get to in a second, so it makes for a super fun creative outlet. Okay, okay, on to those tips and tricks we promised you!
First Things First, Select a Color Palette
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Choosing a good color palette is going to set the entire scene; you’ll have a bold color or colors to accent your tablescape, as well as neutrals that will act as a bit of a palette cleanser and they will all exist on your table in perfect harmony. One thing you’ll want to avoid when choosing your color palette is mixing too many patterns because that can be overwhelming.
If you’re struggling to find a color palette, you can always go with seasonal colors such as warm tones in the fall, or light delicate colors in the spring. And if seasonal colors aren’t your thing, neutrals are always a great option to fall back on.
Start Building Your Scape From a Centerpiece
When you’re out and about at your favorite local thrift store or meandering around a garage sale or estate sale, find a piece that really grabs your attention and that will be your centerpiece; and your centerpiece can be as traditional or as quirky as you like.
Greenery and Candles Make Excellent Filler
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As you’re creating your tablescape, you’ll start noticing little areas that seem like they’re missing something, and that something will be greenery and/or candles. Incorporating greenery is a great way to fill spaces and make a statement, while candles add ambiance and elegance. If you choose to incorporate candles, consider if you prefer candleholders or not; candleholders can be another way to add personality and color, while candles sans holders create a more natural, simple look.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Create dimension and play with textures within your tablescape by incorporating pieces that are all different shapes and sizes, and by incorporating textiles that contrast each other in the best way. For instance, one of our favorite ways to create dimension is by stacking old books, then layering in vintage dishes and greenery. As for texture, we love to incorporate perfectly pressed napkins with the roughness of jute placemats or coasters.