The Best Way to Decorate a Table

You can easily add table decorations to your dining room or kitchen with a few quick steps, whether you’re having guests over for an informal lunch or dinner, or simply want to add a touch of style.

The point of our previous blog was to demonstrate how easy it is to create a casual table setting just by following a few simple rules – here, we’ll show how to transform a plain table setting into a stunning one by adding centerpieces, home-made decorative items, and table linens. Kitchen table decorating ideas and dining room table decorating tips are both applicable.

Table runner

Decorations for tables

A table’s appearance can be greatly improved by matching colors. Consider using colors according to the seasons. For example, if it’s spring or summer, keep it bright and colorful, and if it’s fall, try burnt orange and brown colors. Fresh flowers and table linen can be matched with the plates and dishes. This beautiful yellow and green table runner paired with a citrus-based fruit bowl is an easy way to liven up a table and add focus to a room. You can use this as a basis for decorating your table.

Couleur Nature lemon and lime table runner

You can add a dash of class to your dining table decor by matching your table runner with napkins and simple table decorations.

Green table runner and napkins

A centerpiece

The centerpiece is a great place to start when discussing table decoration ideas. In addition to serving a decorative purpose, centerpieces set the theme of a room. Even under ordinary circumstances, they are a great way to add a touch of glamour to a room without being costly – and they are often used for formal functions and seasonal occasions like Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Ideas for centerpieces for tables

1. You can use flowers, candles, and vases as centerpieces for your table decor. Keep odd numbers in mind when using these. Doing so creates a sense of balance and a pleasing visual effect. You can also contrast short flowers with taller branches by choosing varying heights.

2. Create a balanced centerpiece by gradually adding lower and shorter items as you move toward the edges.

Table centerpiece made of flowers

3. Don’t let single item centerpieces get lost on the table. A single item stranded in the middle of your dining table can make it seem lonely, even if you don’t need to overdo it (simplicity often works best). In these images, you can see that smaller, supplementary items can help support the main centerpiece without overpowering it.

4. Make sure your guests can see the centerpiece above the table! Having your centerpiece on the table will allow your guests to converse without the need to peer through foliage or over a vase. Once it is on the table, sit down and check if you can see around your centerpiece or over it!

Candlestick centerpiece

5. Keeping it simple is often the best course of action. In the candlestick with flowers idea shown above, this idea is beautifully fulfilled, with a simple yet classy look. The centerpiece also shows that it is possible to have a tall centerpiece that does not hinder diners from seeing across the dining table.

Here are some more table centerpiece ideas

6. Tall vases with large branches make a dramatic statement. The branches can also be decorated with butterflies in spring, leaves in fall, and (fake!) snowflakes during the holidays.

Autumnal table centerpiece

7. An unusual centerpiece to the table can be made by tying balloons around glass paperweights on a matching colored table runner.

8. You can make your table setting more colorful and fragrant by using flowers and fruit. Whether you use a jar or a pedestal bowl, they will look great. An understated yet classy look can also be achieved by floating them in water in clear glasses.

9. Make your centerpiece functional by adding a punch bowl – it can both add drama to the table and serve as a drink station for your guests. Alternatively, you can create your centerpiece with a bowl filled with flowers.

Bowl centerpiece

Decor ideas for dining tables

We’ve got some great tips and ideas to help you dress up your dining table decor with some table linen: tablecloths, runners, and napkins.


Before you decorate the dining table, you might want to consider moving it to another room – put it in the living room if you have the space and it can make guests feel more cozy and intimate, or try eating in the kitchen for a more casual and laid back dining experience.

We have put together a short guide to guide you through the steps of making perfect French croissants for your beautifully set and decorated table if you’re eating breakfast in the kitchen. Congratulations on hosting your first party! Have a great time!

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