Dress a Room with Eye-Catching Tablescapes

Dress a Room with Eye-Catching Tablescapes

A tablescape is a creative arrangement for a table that goes beyond a centerpiece. It is a sophisticated and fun way to dress up a room and elevate gatherings and occasions. Some tablescapes can be designed so that the dining experience is included, and some tablescapes can be purely decorative in order to make a room more festive. They don’t even have to be on a dining table. You can create one on a coffee table, a kitchen island, a fireplace mantle, or even on a raft floating around a pool. In any case, your guests will appreciate the time and effort you put into creating a special experience.

The Basics of Creating a Tablescape

The first step you want to take in creating a tablescape is to decide on your theme. It can be based on a holiday, a season, a movie, a country, or even a celebrity. The theme of your tablescape should fit with the occasion that you are hosting. If you are not creating it for an occasion but as a design element of a room, the theme should fit appropriately within that room.

One of the great things about tablescapes is that they can be created inexpensively just by using items that you already have around the house or the yard. Once you’ve decided on a theme for your tablescape, are feeling inspired and have cleaned off your table surface, you will want to start gathering your materials. Think about the color palette you plan to use. The basics you’ll want to start with include:

  • A base for your tablescape, such as a tablecloth, table runner, chargers or placemats
  • Dishes, glassware, silverware, napkins, serveware, and coasters
  • Candles, vases, flowers, branches and greenery (natural or artificial)
  • One larger unique item such as a lantern, a teapot, a basket, or a bird cage

You will want to give yourself a little time to go shopping if you do not have all the items you need on hand. If you are using fabric items, you’ll want to make sure they are laundered and free of wrinkles.

Gather Your Materials

When you are gathering your materials, consider the color, texture and other visual qualities of the items to be used. It can be appealing to combine different elements such as glass, metal, fabric and wood. Think about if you should include items such as marbles, rocks, or any kind of object that fits your theme. Also, look around the house for items you can repurpose, such as glass bottles or jars. Or you can just choose to go out and buy whatever you need at a store. You can generate some great ideas by browsing craft stores, dollar stores, and even thrift shops.

Set the Table

Start by placing your base, whether it is a table runner or placemats. This is when you want to think about creating layers. Layers are an essential element for any tablescape. For example, you might use a tablecloth, but you may want to build another layer on top of it with something such as leaves or flower petals. Think about contrasting and complementary colors, textures, shapes, sizes and surfaces.

Next, arrange the place settings (dishes, silverware, glasses, napkins) and keep in mind whatever else may need to fit on the table (serving platters, butter dish, gravy boat, soup bowls, etc.). This way you will know how much room will be left to use for decorating. If you are not including a dining experience for your tablescape, you will not need to set the table. Now is also a good opportunity to create more layers. Stack placemats on the tablecloth, then add a charger on top the placemat, then stack plates of different sizes on top of the charger.

Build a Centerpiece

Your centerpiece is the focal point of your tablescape so you will want it to be fabulous. Once you create your centerpiece, you can then build out from there, keeping in mind that you still want to build layers. Stack dishes, books, or cutting boards if you need help creating some height. There should be one standout object that serves as an anchor for the centerpiece. Then surround it with objects of varying heights so that there is some depth, rather than just a lonely old vase in the middle of the table. Candles are a great way to add depth because they come in so many shapes, colors and sizes. Just remember that your guests will still need to see each other around your centerpiece, so don’t make it too tall. As you continue to add items to your centerpiece, you will be able to determine what you are missing or if you simply have one too many objects in there.

Take Your Tablescape to the Next Level

There are plenty of things you can to do add more flair to your tablescape.

  • Design nametags or place cards for your guests.
  • Create favors for your guests to take home. These can include candy or cookies or small ornaments, depending on the occasion.
  • Find fancy or themed salt and pepper shakers.
  • Certain foods can work well in a tablescape, such as lemons or seasonal squash.
  • Use chair covers or ribbons for the chair backs.  
  • Toss around some confetti (just keep it off the plates).

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Mirrors Can be the Secret Weapon to Transform Any Room

Mirrors Can be the Secret Weapon to Transform Any Room

Whether you are staging a new home for sale, looking to entice renters, or just looking to refresh an uninspiring space, mirrors can be your secret weapon for transforming any room. When used correctly, mirrors can effortlessly make rooms appear larger, deeper and even brighter.

The Power of Size and Shape

The right mirror in the right place is a trick that professional designers use to make a space feel entirely different. The size and shape of the mirror affects what it will do for the room. Long vertical mirrors can make rooms appear taller and more spacious. Broad horizontal mirrors can make walls appear wider. If you have a small room, try adding an oversized mirror to open it up and make it feel less confining. The bigger the mirror, the more light it will bring into the room.

Use the Reflection

What is reflected in the mirror will make a difference in how the room appears. If you angle the mirror towards a focal point in the room, it will make the room appear deeper. If it reflects a doorway, the room will have the illusion of more than one door. The same type of illusion will be created if the mirror reflects a window. If the mirror reflects a lighting fixture or chandelier, the room will appear visibly brighter. You can also create a warm and inviting effect by placing a mirror near lit candles.

Greet Guests With a Mirror

A foyer or entryway is almost always an ideal place for a mirror. It will illuminate a dark entryway and make the space look more palatial. This technique will also result in a welcoming effect for guests when they come into the home. A mirror in the entryway can also offer added convenience, as you give yourself a final once-over on your way out the door.

Create a Mirror Collage

Use a collection of different sized mirrors, as well as mirrors with different but complementary frames, to create a spectacular display that will make any room appear full of life. Mix and match to create your very own unique piece of artwork, or mix them in with a collage of framed pictures to add movement and light to the arrangement. This will also give you a fun reason to scavenge for gems at your favorite thrift stores. However, you do want to be careful to avoid going overboard so that the arrangement doesn’t get too busy or kitschy. It is helpful to start with one larger mirror and then design around it.

Do More With Mirrors

Mirrors are especially handy if you have a room that lacks windows. The mirror can serve as a replacement for a window by reflecting light and providing a focal point. 

Mirrors can also be used to bring life into otherwise boring corridors, especially decorative mirrors and uniquely shaped mirrors. Another fun idea is to place a mirror on the shelf of a large bookcase to add contrast and appeal.

If the space is used for entertaining, such as a dining room, adding a mirror can make it appear as though there are more guests in attendance, making any occasion more festive. You can also hang a mirror over a buffet, and the food will appear more abundant and appetizing.

Every homebuilder and realtor knows that the interior design of kitchens and bathrooms is a key factor in selling homes. One place that most people do not think about placing a mirror is in the kitchen. It can brighten up the kitchen and provide depth. Not to mention, mirrors are pretty easy to clean up. Adding a mirror in the bathroom will make it appear larger and brighter. Sure, most people have a mirror over the bathroom sink. But feel free to get a little more creative. For example, if you have a freestanding bathtub, placing a mirror behind it is a fabulous way to enhance the space.

Use Mirrors Outdoors

Another area where people often do not think to use mirrors is outdoors. Mirrors can make fenced-in yards appear more spacious. They can also make pathways look longer or give the illusion of a door. Mirrors can work wonders when placed in gardens, making plants look more plentiful. Because they reflect light, the garden will look brighter and the plants will benefit from the boost in light. If you have a pond or water feature in your yard, a mirror can create a dazzling effect when placed near it. Keep in mind that if you choose to use a mirror outdoors, you will want to take proper measures to weatherproof it.

What NOT to Do With Mirrors

While mirrors are an amazing design tool, there are some things that you should avoid doing with them. For example, never hang a mirror on a ceiling. Steer clear of using too many mirrors, especially in a bedroom. Be sure not to just slap a mirror up in any random spot without considering its purpose there. And avoid using so many mirrors in entertaining spaces that guests feel paranoid.

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Take Your Room to The Next Level with Texture

Take Your Room to The Next Level with Texture

Any room can be elevated from simply nice to simply spectacular through the incorporation of texture as a design element.

What is Texture?

What do we mean by texture? It is the surface quality of an object or material. Think about how it will feel when you touch it. Think about how its patterns or finishes appeal to the eye. It can be smooth, shiny, rough, bumpy, soft, gritty, slippery, furry, sharp…you get the idea. These different textures are going to vary based on what material from which the object is made, such as wood, metal, glass, burlap, brick, and so on. The objects can be natural or manmade.

Why Texture is Important

Texture can make objects appear more interesting, and in turn can make a room look more interesting. It can be used to create dimension, and even evoke different emotions when you walk into a room, which is crucial to staging a home. For example, soft and fluffy textures can make a room feel cozy. Shiny, smooth textures can be used to make a room feel more sleek and modern. Texture can also be the difference-maker if you have a room that just feels unfinished. If you feel like something is missing, texture is usually the answer. When it is used appropriately and tastefully, it can help you create an emotional connection for prospective buyers or renters that you want to feel welcomed into the living quarters.

Mix and Match Textures to Create Balance

It is important to create a balance when decorating with different textures in a room. Textures can be mixed and matched to create an intriguing space. You want to avoid using ALL items of the same texture. Use their differences to complement each other. It is nice to alternate between large and small objects, and use heavier and lighter textures to create balance. Rougher finishes will feel heavier. More reflective items will feel lighter. Softer items will feel warmer. For example, place a lustrous manmade vase on a distressed wood end table. Throw some soft, fuzzy pillows on a smooth leather couch. Lean an oversized mirror against a vast brick wall and pair it with a lush, green plant. Sometimes you can even use a single antique piece in a contemporary space to generate interest. These are all examples of how textures can work together to beautify and create a dynamic environment.

You want the room to feel curated, but overuse can make a room look busy or cluttered, so be careful to not go overboard. It can be helpful to stick to only a few textures in one room. The fewer you use, the more prominent those objects will appear and can be helpful in creating a focal point. The more you use, the room will be viewed more holistically.

Texture can be extremely helpful when you want to break up a space with a very similar or monochromatic color palette. Choose items with a great deal of contrast to create a sense of harmony in the room.

Textural Ideas

Let’s get the design juices flowing. For inspiration, here is just a brief list of items you can use to create texture in a room:  

  • Rattan, wicker or jute
  • Ornamental moldings
  • Fabrics like velvet, silk, linen or satin
  • Marble, granite, glass or stainless steel surfaces
  • Sea shells, coral and river rocks
  • Tree branches or wood carvings
  • Long, flowing drapes
  • Vases, platters and bowls
  • Leather, fur or chenille
  • Brass, copper, nickel or pewter
  • Books, clocks, sculptures,
  • Plants, flowers and wreaths
  • Rugs, tapestries, quilts and throws
  • Wallpaper, tile and masonry
  • Baskets, cigar boxes or other interesting containers
  • Candles, light fixtures or lanterns

The Style of the Room

When selecting the texture elements you will use in a room, it is important to keep in mind the style of the space you wish to achieve. Will it be modern? Traditional? Beachy? Woodsy? This will dictate what type of objects and materials you choose. For example, creating a beachy room for a vacation rental in Florida might include items such as driftwood and coral, more lightweight materials such as linen, and patterned fabrics created by using palm trees, anchors, or sailboats. A woodsy room for a model home in the forest or the mountains might include objects such as heavy wood furniture, a bearskin rug, and rustic light fixtures. Essentially, everything has a texture. It’s just a matter of picking the right textures for the right feel. Whatever style you choose, you are sure to have plenty of fun mixing and matching for your desired effect.   

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