The colour palette: Consider the season that is held as much as the way you would to organise the menu. A colour palette can heavily influence the mood of your dinner, therefore richer colours work well for winter and cooler for summer.
The menu: When decorating a tabletop, the vast possibilities can be quite overwhelming. Staying focused on how formal/informal it is as well as your theme. It will direct even the smallest details, such as the surroundings or the materials . Clever menu ideas involve the guests in the dining experience and turns your home into a friendly restaurant.
The guests: The type of guests you invite to a dinner have a great impact on the styling. Think about who is coming to dinner and decorate accordingly. A group of creatives would appreciate paper placemats and dyed napkins for example. Be confident, it’s often a great conversation catalyst.
The finish: The table doesn’t have to be completly set before guests arrive. So relax! Having the items on the table in a relaxed way will bring ease to your dinners and not scare them off from coming back or inviting you over! An “unstyled” look can be very stylish!
Minimal magic: Sticking to a minimal one-colour palette can be very calming especially with organic ceramics like this setting. Play with different shades and textures to create depth. Ideal for summer settings.
The lighting: Always consider lighting as this makes or breaks the mood of the evening. Where possible consider the effect of different types of lighting, white light is quite fresh and crisp while yellow lighting is warm and suits wooden settings.
The course of course: Get organised before your guests arrive and work out your platters for each course. That way you won’t spend the evening with your head in the cupboards trying to find that perfect white dish. Work around how the platters will be placed on the table considering space and design. If that takes a lot – maybe reconsider and set the table early so you won’t be stressed later!
Assymetry: When planning your table not everything has to be symmetrical or have only one focal point. Placing items like vases off centre can be equally as effective and avoids blocking guests faces. Plus you don’t have to have all sets of plates. Mix and match works just fine!
The greenery: Spending a lot of money on flowers is not always necessary when you can make something equally as impressive by gathering greenery from the garden. Twigs and leaves are just as beautiful. You will get some flowers from your guests anyways!
The serving bench: Don’t hide pieces away for that ‘special occasion’ you only live once! Display them on a serving bench if they don’t work on the main table.
The vase: Decorating with multiple items creates impact, it doesn’t have to be the same item you can mix shapes and styles of the same product like this cluster of gold vases. Note how even though they are all unique, the focus on vases with similar textures pulls the pieces together.
The interior to match: We often take interiors so seriously, be a little light hearted and even add a childlike element to your design it can lighten the mood. Where possible pull out colours from the tabletop and make them the statement.