I Don’t Always Get It Right The First Time
Anyone else obsessed with this colour combination? I find it calm and relaxing while still looking elegant.
In my opinion the key to setting a pretty table is to add several layers and textures. Even though there isn’t much colour here, it certainly isn’t boring.
How It Started
I seldom get a table setting the way I like in the first try! I have to admit I’m a bit obsessed with table settings. 🙂
This is how I started out and I realized I didn’t like it at all. Let me explain why.
I didn’t like how the dark table created too much of a harsh contrast. I was hoping for a soft colour palette.
The blue runner velvet runner was throwing me off (even though I love that runner). I also didn’t like the teal vase even though I love the vase.
Just because you like individual elements, doesn’t mean that they go well together.
As soon as I put the ivory table cloth and soft gray linen runner down, everything completely changed. The rattan placements also looked softer since there wasn’t as much of a contrast.
Since I really liked the shape of the glass vase and I have 4 of them, I decided to spray paint it with gray chalk paint. I loved how you actually see more details of the glass and it had a matt finish to it. Obviously I won’t put water inside since I also spray painted inside so you didn’t see the colour from the top. It’s perfectly fine for dried flowers or dried wheat etc. As I said, I had multiple vases like this and they were under $10 each.
I didn’t like the white charger plates so I painted some old ones that I no longer used with hammered metal spray paint. They will be used a lot more in this gray colour.
- Notice how the napkin rings tie in with the gold rim around the white plates and the brass candle holders.
- Even the candle holders mimic the rattan placemats.
- The wine glasses had a gold tint to them for a soft warm look.
- The gold metallic maple leaves on the table added just enough sparkle and seasonal flair.
What Makes This Table Setting Work?
- Consistently used the same colour palette. Soft gray, cream, wheat and white and gold.
- The appropriate dishes were used for the meal so it was functional.
- The colours also complement the artwork and the decor on the buffet for a cohesive flow.
- Soft candles always add mood to any table setting.