5 Way to style your dining table.

Dining tables can be tough to style, I often get asked questions about what to put on your table when your not actually dining. I have to admit, I struggle with this sometimes too, your dining table display has to be practical. It needs to be able to be left in place while you dine, or easy enough to remove every time you do. Nobody wants to spend half an hour removing an elaborate table display before dinner! An easy way to make this as painless as possible is to put your decor onto a tray that can be lifted on and off as required.

Here’s a few trays to get you started.

Presidio tray from William Sonoma.
Presidio tray from William Sonoma.

 

Blue Canton Tray from Adore Home.
Blue Canton Tray from Adore Home.

 

Rattan tray, try Alfresco Emporium.
Rattan tray, try Alfresco Emporium.

 

1. Flowers, Plants or Greenery.

Of course, nothing brings more life to your dining table than a bunch of flowers, a plant or some foraged greenery. You can go for one big display, or try a few smaller vessels scattered down the centre of the table. Remember if you want to leave it there while you are eating they need to be high enough to still see your dining companions faces, or low enough to have a conversation over the top.

Helen Bayley from Lovestar gets it perfect with this huge orchid.
Helen Bayley from Lovestar gets it perfect with this huge orchid.

 

Simple flowers for a burst of colour, in my home.
Simple flowers for a burst of colour, in my home.

 

2. Fruit.

Fruit will bring a pop of colour and can be styled to fit any home. Choose a vessel to fit with your decor. Think tall glass cylinders with lemons, limes or apples for a modern decor. Or a timeless marble bowl / platter with pineapples for a tropical decor. If your a blue and white lover, use a beautiful blue and white bowl filled with apples.

These are from Williams Sonoma. You can find glass vases and jars in most home ware shops.
These are from Williams Sonoma. You can find glass vases and jars in most home ware shops.
This would be a perfect tropical centrepiece. Marble bowls available from Island Tarding co.
This would be a perfect tropical centrepiece. Marble bowls available from Island Trading co.

 

Image from Houzz. For similar bowls try Botticelli House or Alfresco Emporium.
This one is from Kathy Kuo home. For similar bowls available in Australia, try Botticelli House or Alfresco Emporium.

 

A bowl of fruit, on a tray, that often sits on my dining table.
A bowl of fruit and a tray, that often sits on my dining table.

 

3. Lanterns and Candles and Candlesticks.

If the though of replacing dying flowers and fruit all the times makes you anxious, try some lanterns and candles. There is so many fabulous types out there to choose from. Again, select something to fit in with your decor. If you have a rectangular table, 2 or 3 lanterns works well. If you have a round or square table, 1 large lantern, or an odd number of smaller ones be your best option.

Forever Cottage Blog. Two lanterns and note the tray for easy removal at dinner time.
Forever Cottage Blog. Two lanterns and note the tray for easy removal at dinner time.

 

4. A selection of beautiful plates and table ware.

Sometimes I like to have my beautiful table ware pieces on display, I hate the thought of them hiding in cupboards where nobody can see them. I was gifted a range of Spode for my birthday last year and it spent a couple of months as the centre piece on my table. You could try displaying a beautiful tea set on a tray, or a fabulous casserole dish. Pull out your favourite pieces and show them off.

My dining table, with spode and other pretty pieces, in a tray for easy removal.
My dining table, with spode and other pretty pieces, in a tray for easy removal.

 

5. Recipe Books piled high.

I have done this one accidentally, looking for dinner inspiration I have pulled out piles of books and sat at the dinner table looking for ideas. And surprise, they looked great. They added some height to other bits and pieces I had on the table.

A collection of recipe books on my dining table.
A collection of recipe books on my dining table. Jug from Nouvelle Vie.

There are so many fabulous things you could display on your table, maybe you have a large statement piece like a sculpture, or a collection of objects in different sizes and shapes. This is just a few ideas to get you started. Think of your dining table as another spot to show off your collected prized possession.

What have you got on your dining table? I’d love to see, Show me!

Hayley x

Comments

  1. Catherine Lynn says

    Thank you for another great post Hayley! I have my silver tray on my dining table but then I stopped, stuck for inspiration! thanks for your inspiration and beautiful pictures which have given me so many ideas and uses for my things now to display on my own dining table. PS. Still have my palm leaves in my big blue vase/pot/thingy on my hall table in the dining room, looks still so fab! Cathyxx

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