Goodbye folded laundry and paperwork—it’s time to return your dining table to its former glory
If a spring brunch or dinner party is on your end-of-winter-celebration checklist, there is an easy way to take your dining area décor to the next level: a styled tablescape. “Tablescapes can elevate furniture, from an incredibly simple table to a hand-me-down set to something brand new,” says Ashley Hilbish, interior designer with Curtains, Blinds & Bath. “They add tons of visual interest to a room that typically gets the smallest budget and is usually left for last when it comes to decorating.”
Looking at your empty table and not sure where to start? Ashley says first, try to block out the colors in the rest of your home. “The table is one place where you can get away with not matching the rest of your space,” she says, adding that great tablescapes have lots of layers as well as contrasting colors.
To show us how it’s done, Ashley created two table settings—in two very different styles—that we hope will inspire you to reclaim your dining table this spring.
Bright & Traditional
Versatility is the backbone of this transitional tablescape that’s perfect for someone trying to incorporate updated pieces into their more traditional home. “It neither screams stuffy or too casual,” Ashley says. “This look can go from full-blown Easter meals with the family to a simple cheese and wine pairing on a sunny afternoon with friends.” In fact, this table setting is so versatile, just switch out your textiles and flowers from season to season—everything else can stay.
Give your table a personal spring touch by painting the names of your guests on eggs.
Ditch the rings and tie your cloth napkins into a bow-tie shape. Also, don’t be afraid to use a mix of metal finishes.
Intricate floral candlesticks are a nod to traditional style. For a finished and cozy look, add white unscented candles.
Ashley encourages clients with longer tables to try using two table runners horizontally instead of one down the middle.
This more formal spring centerpiece features orange tulips alongside a diverse mix of white flowers, pampas grass, and feathered/seeded eucalyptus.
Like What You See?
Many of these items from both tablescapes are for sale at Curtains, Blinds & Bath—18458 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551.
Bold & Whimsical
Dark colors, matte finishes and soft textures collide gorgeously in this “moody” tablescape that would fit well in mid-century, boho or modern homes. It gives off a metropolitan vibe—you may even want to pretend you’re brunching with friends in New York or Los Angeles. “Am I saying you can’t mix in grandma’s vintage silver with this for a personal touch and still make it work? Not at all … but I think overall, the textures and finishes—even down to the eucalyptus greens—really make this look on trend,” Ashley says.
Create your own floating plants—these centerpieces are easy to make and work well with most décor styles.
A white boho-inspired runner gives this table setting a more laid-back vibe. For those with a playful spirit, ceramic bunnies give this décor the “spring” touch it needs.
Burgundy Scabiosa gives a pop of color to this arrangement that features delicate pink Quicksand roses.
Select items with varying heights to add dimension and interest.
Soft pink bowls contrast sharply with black plates, fitting in with a modern aesthetic.
Many thanks to:
Tablescape Design: Curtains, Blinds & Bath,
Venue: Atelier Studio & Gathering Space,
Photography: Adam and Sarah Mullins,
Floral Arrangements: Fleur by Heather,