Style Guide: Table Styling 101
Table cloths and table runners lead the look of any dining table by covering and enhancing the table with character. Richly crafted table cloths, with soft dinner napkins and harmonised placemats elevate the ambience in their own way for grand and casual meals alike. Depending on the aesthetics and form of your dining table, you can choose to decorate your table with a table cloth, table runner, or both. Table runners are ideal for decorative as well plain table tops, and are typically laid along the center of the dining table, parallel to one of the sides of your table. If your dining table has a coloured marble or stone top, a table runner in neutral tones, such as cream, white or a colour coordinated with your table top, would strike the perfect balance between the table’s design and the table linen. Complete the setting with matching napkins, placemats, dinnerware and flatware.
Table cloths and table covers spread across your dining table, fully covering your table with graceful drops on all sides. Ideal for plain tables that need visual enhancement, table cloths with coordinated napkins and placemats are a great choice to style wooden dining tables. Handcrafted and embossed table linen brings an artful vibrance, with embellished, printed or hand-embroidered motifs and borders. You could decorate your dining table with both table cloths and runners too, with a solid-coloured table cloth forming the base and decorative runners laid along one, or both, sides of the the table. Regardless of your styling choice, well-coordinated dining rooms focus on fabrics, textures, decor and tableware for impact.
Classic table fabrics such as organdie, cotton and linen bring a muted and crafted grace to the dining table. Choose lightly embroidered and applique works on these fabrics for their richness to shine on your table. Silk and satin table linen emanates a natural sheen, giving a royal and contemporary appeal to your table. If you are looking for functional, washable fabrics that are easy to maintain, we recommend runners and cloths in fabrics with polyester, such as poly-silk and poly-cotton.
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Depending on the colour theme running in and around your dining room, choose centerpieces and decor accents in a similar colour tone to your linen. Classic table decor choices for dining tables are ceramic and glass vases with fresh flowers, large candelabras, designer candle stands or even decorative platters with fragrant candles. Table linen with metallic embroideries and decorations will go well with gold- or platinum-ornated tableware. You can use your table linen to create a visual balance in your decor as well. For instance, if you prefer to serve in plain white dinnerware and classic stemware, you could balance the simplicity of the tableware with table linen that has colourful prints or work on it.