Tables are one of the most universal items of furniture – with most homes containing at least one. Making your tables stand out can create a beautiful and inviting environment.
Here are 8 ideas for table decorating two different types of tables:
One of the most common uses for tables is a dining area – where friends and family can gather to share meals or celebrate special occasions. A dining room table often is the focal point of a room, and, in turn, the table can be adorned with an array of decorations to make it more inviting and welcoming.
1. Table Runners
One of the simplest options is a table runner. Table runners are best used on a rectangular or square table. A runner can also be laid over a tablecloth to complement or enhance each other. For best results, try choosing a theme or colour to match chairs and other decorations in the room. A table runner also adds a splash of colour to a glass table.
See these beautiful table runners available in different colours:
A simple centrepiece can create a point of interest on the table while still keeping the majority of space available for cutlery and crockery during a meal. Ensure the centrepiece is not too tall or long, as it should not hinder guests or interfere with their line of sight across the table. If you use a bowl or similar decoration, it can be filled with fruit – natural or decorative – to create a more colourful decoration.
For example, you could try this unique and food-safe Black Clay Ceramic Bowl:
Candles can lend a cosy atmosphere to any gathering around a supper table, and decorative candle holders can be used as a centrepiece. These are sometimes paired together as a matching set with a table runner.
Like this Table Runner and Candle Holder Combo:
4. Vases and Flowers
Another decoration, which can also be used as a centrepiece, is to use a vase filled with flowers, greenery or succulents. Ceramic vases have a unique look and can be decorated, such as this beautiful Bird Design Ceramic Sculptural Vase:
For more extended tables, 3 or 5 smaller vases can be spread in a line down the middle of the table. If using fresh flowers, be sure to change them out every few weeks. Succulents can provide a nice compromise between fresh flowers and fake ones, as they require less maintenance. These Crested Euphorbia come pre-planted into a cement case requiring even less maintenance:
While centrepieces can be used on a dining table at all times when having visitors, you can choose to use more specific decorations. A great example is the use of placemats.
They are practical and can be used to enhance or accentuate existing decor such as tablecloths, centrepieces, or table runners. Finding a set that matches the runner you are using can also create visual synergy.
A neutral colour with an appealing image creates a more muted look – such as these Padded Feather Placemats:
Side tables tend to be placed in the corners or boundaries of a room. Smaller than a dining table, there is less space available to decorate a side table; however, this means that it can be decorated in more eye-catching ways than a dining table.
While many of the decor ideas mentioned above can be used on a side table, side tables also present the opportunity for many other options:
An eye-catching sculpture can be the focal point of a room if placed on a dedicated side table. This works well if a thinner table separates an open plan room into sections – such as using a long side table to separate a dining and living area.
Larger and more elaborate pieces, such as this Round Ceramic Piece, can have an entire table dedicated to them:
A large basket can be placed underneath a side table for an eye-catching and practical option. This can be filled with more decorative objects – such as flowers – or used practically to keep other items. This Ilala Palm Rectangular Basket would fit nicely under many smaller tables:
A smaller basket can be placed on a side table to store small items like keys or pens. This Ilala Palm Cup Basket demonstrates precisely how such small baskets could be utilised for storage:
8. Plates and Dishes
For a bedroom or bathroom side table, a small, decorative plate can hold and display cosmetics, jewellery or perfume. This Mini Side Plate is a beautiful and functional option for placing such items:
Feel free to visit Moksi’s Decor section for more creative ideas to decorate your tables.
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