Tablescapes are more than just a collection of objects on a table. They’re a way to display your style, create fanciful arrangements and add seasonal touches to your home. You don’t have to be an interior designer to create the perfect tablescape for your home. Just follow these steps:
- Find coordinating pieces. Tablescapes are a great way to display items in your house in a fun, new way. Start by grouping like items together, and identifying pieces that coordinate. For example, you might start with a collection of plates, or serving dishes, to create a display on your dining room buffet. Rule out any pieces with patterns, or colors, that don’t coordinate, to design a tablescape that marries well together.
- Balance height and width. As you construct your tablescape, you want the most height in the center surrounded by items that cascade down toward the height of the table. Candles help achieve this kind of tiered “wedding cake” construction by using tall, tapered candles for additional height, boxier candles for width or more delicate options near the edge of the arrangement. Remember, size your tablescape so guests can see around it. You don’t want to make it so big that it becomes all-consuming and your guests can’t talk to each other.
- Bring the outdoors in. Consider adding a little nature to your tablescape. I like to walk around the yard and take a clipping of something that’s in bloom. In the summer, it’s easy to spot fresh flowers like hydrangeas, lilacs, and even sweet peas, that make a pretty addition to any table arrangement. In the fall, fresh fall leaves provide a warm palate of colors. I even take clippings from the cedar tree in my yard to lay on the table. Bring the outdoors in and let the two spaces mingle together. I think that’s a great way to make your house feel comfortable and not overly styled.
Creating tablescapes are also a way to get a feel for your interior design style. It’s a way to dip your toe into decorating, or redecorating, your space with minimal commitment. If you’re looking for inspiration or examples, try searching Pinterest and Instagram, or you could visit my store, Bayle & Co. in Seattle.
Don’t forget to download my free resource 10 Steps to Redecorate Your Home for a Fresh Look.
More about Michele Bayle: Bayle & Co. is a boutique firm specializing in residential and light commercial interior design. Owner Michele Bayle hails from Washington wine country, so it’s no surprise that her designs reflect her deep love of farmland and the outdoors. Michele’s mission is to create fresh, new ideas that reflect your best self by dovetailing a variety of styles and cultures, building on the innate strengths of each. “How you live and work in your space is essential to your creativity, comfort and productivity,” she says. “I believe your space should be an extension of your personality.” You can reach Michele at http://www.bayledesignstudio.com/ or email@example.com