In any season, a beautiful tablescape can excite our expectations for a wonderful meal--and great company. I love tablescapes though I have yet to master the art of designing a fabulous one. And so I decided to investigate elements that make a great tablescape. What I discovered is that a great tablescape doesn't necessarily have to be an elaborate stage production. A great tablescape can be as simply as a lovely bouquet for a centerpiece with a simple set of matching dining ware. Let's look at a few together.
Here's a beautiful beach inspired tablescape from The Frugal Homemaker blog where you can read how the creator had come to design it. I love the "frugal" color scheme. White table cloth and dinner ware; natural color in the chargers and tray; ocean blue in the lovely napkins and bell jar candles; and of course the themed elements such as the star fish, shells and other sea items.
In the image below, the table runner appears to be wall molding cut in the fashion of a picture frame. It's painted to match the fabric or wall paper it frames. What a clever idea! Seafoam blue layered dinnerware is complemented by the beautiful display of an array of pastel spring colors in bowls of fruits and multiple bouquets of flowers.
What could be more inviting than finding yourself sitting at a table dressed in simplicity as the creator here does with a full bouquet of blue hydrangeas, plain white plates topped with metal buckets. A rustic table, hurricane lantern of course the watering can in the background suggest country and comfort. A setting where you would want to stay a while. The design is from finding Home.
In this next example, tall, ornate candle stick holders almost dominate this table but they're well balanced by the bright daisies and the orange and white colors. Tablescape design is by Anita from Far Above Rubies . Here is how she came to be inspired to create this tablescape:
On Ciao! Newport Beach blog, I read "pick a theme and run with it." I very definitely agree. For me, this is the key to creating a fabulous tablescape, such as using a simple color scheme like the one below.
Clearly you can't go wrong with a simple blue and white color scheme:
One of my favorite blogs to visit for inspiration is Home Is Where The Boat Is. Not only are the recipes inviting but the tablescapes are simply stunning! Here are just examples of richly dressed tablescapes for summer. Note the use of colorful vegetables that repeat colors in the china and and napkins and the floral arrangement. Clever!
From I Spy DIY , where the blogger never comes up short on great ideas that you can make yourself. Get inspired with a collection of plants, plant leaves and even tall grasses.
From another one of my favorite bloggers Emily Henderson Interior
Love a summer tea on the porch or in a garden? Add a dramatic tablecloth and lovely tea china.
Whether you're enjoying a summer meal outdoors or indoors, it's a great time to take a little extra step and set a beautiful table. Here are a few more tips to ome take aways from this blog on how:
- Bring a simple centerpiece with flowers and fruits to brighten the table. You don't have to have an elaborate floral arrangement.
- Matching dinner ware is really nice to have but it's not a deal breaker. Use a one-color background, such as a tablecloth, napkins and flowers to support a mix-match of dinner ware.
- Be creative and pull accent pieces from other rooms, like a decorative bowl or even a plant.