August 11, 2020

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25 Table Setting Ideas & Tablescape Inspiration

Whether you’re gearing up for an intimate dinner party or planning a big holiday bash, tablescapes are a festive way to kick off any good celebration. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite table setting ideas that prove that a beautiful table is more than just curated dishware. Think: creative centerpieces, unexpected color palettes, and plants galore. These swoon-worthy table setting ideas make for instant conversation starters and are guaranteed to leave your guests envious. From tastefully minimalist to over-the-top statement settings, there is something for every type of entertainer. Keep scrolling to discover our tablescape selects. Which is your favorite?

Get Creative With Vases

Need an excuse to buy yet another vase? Well, here you go! Group all of your favorite funky and colorful vases together to create the perfectly mismatched table setting.

Break Out the Candlesticks

Candlelight always enhances the mood. Tall candlesticks add a beautiful glow, but are slender enough that they won’t block sight lines. Just look at Vivian Hoorn’s understatedly elegant table setting.

Play Off Your Artwork

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Ethan Cook’s Home Is Just as Vibrant as His Artwork. Photo by Max Burkhalter.

If your dining room doubles as a gallery, choose flowers and dishware that will complement your prized pieces.

Use Colorful Glassware

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Decorator Patrick Mele Amps Up a Couple’s London Home With Zesty Colors and Patterns. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna.

Vibrant glassware can make everyday meals more fun, and mixes well with formal pieces. If you’re a minimalist who leans toward neutrals, this is a fun (and nonthreatening) way to incorporate more color into your space.

Use Spring Shades

Capture the beauty of spring by using floral, pastel tones on your tablescape.

Group Your Floral Arrangements

Instead of a massive floral arrangement, opt for a group of smaller vases. Lay out vases of varying shapes and colors to add a whimsical vibe to your space. Use this opportunity to play florist and arrange your vases with your fave flowers.

Use a Potted Plant

If you want a more permanent centerpiece situation, try adding a potted plant that can live on the table permanently. If you want little to no maintenance, opt for a faux plant. We won’t tell.

Branch Out

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Molly Bernard’s Brooklyn Apartment Is an Instant Mood Lifter. Photo by Max Burkhalter.

For a dramatic centerpiece, place branches in a tall vase. Pro tip: Dried eucalyptus is always a crowd-pleaser in our homes.

Play With Height

One of our go-to table setting ideas is mixing an array of objects of varying heights on our tables. This adds dimension and is pretty easy to put together. Pull from decor you may have laying around other parts of your home. Repurpose an ashtray or coffee table book, bring in a vase and a fruit bowl and you’re good to go.

Choose Bold Blooms

Create a tablescape that uses flowers to bring in bright colors and sculptural shapes.

Embrace Natural Hues

For a rustic or bohemian table, choose china in muted, natural colors. Adding plants and decor with earthier tones will add to the natural vibe you’re trying to emulate.

Don’t Forget the Tablecloth

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Margherita Missoni’s Bold Italian Home Makes a Splash. Photo by Matthieu Salvaing.

Often times overlooked in modern spaces, a tablecloth can transform any table setting by creating a neutral canvas or set a bold scene.

Coordinate with the Flowers

For a cohesive look, choose flowers that give a nod to the decor and other floral arrangements around your home.

Add Interesting Objects

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Francis Sultana Breathes New Life Into a Storied London Residence For Himself and Partner David Gill. Photo by Lichfield Archive via Getty Images.

Turn your table into a cabinet of curiosities. No one did it better than the Late Fleur Cowles, just saying.

Create a Mix

Bring in items from around the world (or just your home) for a tablescape that feels collected and traveled.

Book It

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Inside AD100 Designer Robert Stilin’s Chic SoHo Apartment. Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson

Adding books to a tablescape allows you to create levels and play with the height of floral arrangements. Plus you can show off your favorite volumes.

Get Sculptural

When in doubt, add a mini (or not so mini) sculpture to your table. This is the ideal way to show of all of your new flea market finds.

Make a Colorful Impression

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This Lively California Home Is a Riot of Color, Pattern, and Texture. Photo by Laure Joliet.

Your flowers don’t need to be the only colorful accent on the table. Add in bright plates, napkins, placemats, and even fruits for a personality-packed scene.

Go for a Matchy-Matchy Vibe

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This Couple Turned a Former ’80s Dance Club Into a Playful Loft. Photo by Seth Caplan.

Matching sets are a bullet-proof way to have a cohesive and flowing table setting. Go the extra mile and match your placemats with your chairs for an extra layer of seamlessness.

Keep It Clean

Sometimes, less is just better. Keep your tablescape minimal and leave all of the extra room for all of your home-cooked food takeout.

Go Green

Using greenery as a centerpiece is a surefire way to appear like you have your life together. For some reason, tablescapes like the one pictured above just scream “I’m an adult, trust me.”

Lean Into Natural Fibers

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Inside Casey Wilson’s Charming Farmhouse-Inspired L.A. Home. Photo by Amy Neunsinger.

Tone down your table with natural fibers and colors. This is a great trick for those with color-filled dining tables or chairs.

Let Your Fruit Be the Star

Take a classic table setting approach and let fruit be the main accent. Place it in a funky bowl for some extra appeal.

Add Metallic Accents

A bit of sparkle and shine makes any table feel special. But don’t be scared off by the intensity of some these accents. Bring in a subtle metallic vase to complete your table in a low-key yet statement-making way.

Add Some Light

Never underestimate the power of a lamp. Add one of these bad boys atop your tablescape and light up your evening.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest