August 8th, 2013

Tips for Table Decorating

I absolutely love table decorating. This summer I’ve had the chance to decorate my dining room in so many ways. From a casual summer party to an all-American themed celebration, I’ve been trying a little bit of everything. Today, I thought I would share a few tips for easy table decorating.

1. Pick a theme. Whether it’s just a few inspiring colors, a holiday, or a complete random theme, having an idea in mind will help you when it comes to choosing pieces for your table. This particular setting was all about summer! I chose red, blue, and green as my color palette. Try Glidden’s Pink SalmonSea Glass Green, and Steel Blue for a similar look.

2. Use things you have. Table decorating can be expensive if you’re starting from scratch. To save some bucks, use items you have to create an eclectic tablescape. Take some time to play around with objects. Using new pieces with things you’ve owned for years creates a collected-over-time look.


3. Incorporate unique and unexpected elements. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be new and modern. Shop local thrift stores and antique shops for truly one-of-a-kind elements. Keep your mind open while shopping. An old blanket can be used as a fun tablecloth. A quirky vase can be part of a centerpiece. Giving your guests something interesting to look at always creates an inviting setting.


4. Stick with some basic and consistent pieces. White dishes are my favorite and they look good for almost every style and season. If you have lots of variety in your tabletop decorations, stick with the same dinnerware, flatware, and glassware at each place setting. This brings some consistency to your table and gives your eyes a place to rest. If you want to use a collection of dinnerware, keep everything else on the table very simple.


Those are four tips for easy and beautiful tables. Just remember to have fun, try new things, and let your personality shine! Happy table decorating.

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


Categories: Dining Rooms