As the focal point of family meals and dinner parties, dining room tables are perhaps one of the hardest working pieces of furniture in the house. But when the placemats and napkins are cleared, what can you do to show your tabletop some love? Read on for our decorating tips and affordable centerpiece ideas.
Reasons to Decorate Your Dining Room Table
When it comes to decorating your dining room table, an interior designer may pose the question, “Why not?” Your table is the focal point of your dining room and an ideal surface space to experiment with décor. Plus a thoughtful layout of décor will prevent your table from becoming a landing zone for mail, keys, and other items best kept in the entryway.
Affordable Dining Table Décor Ideas
As minimalism continues to trend in home décor, it’s best to remember that sweet and simple is often best, and the same goes for your tabletop. Look for everyday decorating ideas that are budget friendly and easy to style from season to season.
Seasonal produce from your local farmers market can create a rich still life full of color and character. Simply place in a set of decorative bowls and enjoy all summer long.
If you have a green thumb, house plants, particularly succulents, are a modern day favorite. Mix and match a cluster of small planters for a charming, eclectic look.
Decorative serving trays come in a variety of sizes and materials and are an easy way to group some of your favorite belongings into a chic centerpiece. Plus, they make clearing the table a breeze when it’s time to eat.
Whether you prefer rustic candlesticks or hurricane lanterns, candle holders are a fun way to decorate your tabletop and create a particular mood.
Dining Table Décor Trends
As with all home furnishings, dining table décor ebbs and flows with existing interior design trends.
Table runners are a narrow piece of cloth that runs the length of your dining room table. They come in a variety of styles, but we particularly love bold prints and boho-inspired weaves.
Minimalist flower arrangements are a beautiful way to decorate your table. Find a vase you love to display a single flower or leaf from a monstera plant (silk versions welcome).
Sculptural accents are totally chic and easy to coordinate with existing décor. Get creative with material, texture (think gold, marble, or rattan), and height for a more formal centerpiece that will serve as a conversation starter, too.
When in doubt, think about your table as an extension of your dining area – chairs, area rug, pendant light, and all. Decorating it is by no means mandatory, but it does send a message to guests that you care about your home – all spaces large and small.
For more ways to update your dining room this year, check out our 2020 Dining Room Trends & Ideas article.