Easy Tablescaping Tips & Ideas


So in case this is all very new to you, let's VERY quickly define tablescaping. Simply & plainly put, tablescaping the intentional & curated arrangement of your tabletop surfaces. This can be based on a specific theme and/or palette, which is why it is both curated & creative. 

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Note, I didn't say it's the arrangement of your dining table. That's because it isn't.

Tablescaping isn't exclusive to dining tables, although this time of year, it's often assumed that it is.

Ironically, this time of year, we're actually doing way more tablescaping than we even realize!

I'll be the first to admit that when the concept of tablescaping hit my radar some 2 years ago, I thought it exclusively in the sense of dining room table decor. I have since evolved & achieved major #adultinggoals, including refining my own tablescaping skills -- in & out of the dining room.

Any time you're decorating a tabletop surface and/or creating a sort of flat surface vignette -- dining table, coffee table, fireplace mantle, console table, sideboard, bar cart, bookshelf -- YOU'RE TABLESCAPING!

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I won't pretend to tell you that there are set rules to tablescaping, but there are tips & things that differentiate tablescaping from simple setting the table and/or placing items on a shelf. For the holiday season, we are all decorating every possible surface in our home, from the entry table to the fireplace mantle to, of course, the dining room table.

Here are some quick & easy tips to get your holiday tablescaping underway:

Take a complete inventory of what you'll be using as part of your vignette & assess what's functional versus what's just for show.

If you know you want lighting on your sideboard, incorporating a pair of Mercury Glass LED Trees is a great way to get the functionality you need, while still in theme.  You want whatever you're styling with to support your theme -- in this instance, glam winter wonderland -- and so this is a great way to serve both your functional & aesthetic needs. 

While creating your vignettes, stop and look at the space holistically for one cohesive look.

It can be so easy to get lost in styling one area, that your forget to actually tie it into everything else. The point is to create an entire scene with one overaRching theme that resonates in each of your individual tablescapes. Avoid design tunnel vision (I know because I'm guilty of this myself, especially when I was a merchandiser) and pause while styling to check in with the other areas.

Thread an accent color throughout the vignettes to give your eyes a place to rest.

Nowadays, most spaces are an open concept, but even if yours isn't, you don't want to hit with decor overload because you treated the room as one BIG tablescape. Accent colors thread from one vignette to the next, not only help keep the look cohesive, but it also provides a visual "break" while scanning everything. 

Don't be afraid to use different hues and/or patterns of your accent color. Layering is a great way to add depth & visual interest, while still keeping in line with your theme and/or palette. 

Introduce "greenery" to add texture & an air of coziness.

This time of year you may think this to be a no-brainer but not everyone decorating for the holidays is decorating with trees, wreaths, and pumpkins. If you're on a budget, you may choose to opt out of seasonal decor altogether & use things that are a bit more agile to decorate with. Either way, you can go wrong with adding a plant to your setting. 

Take time to edit your vignettes.

At the end of the day, you're decorating your home,  not some large retail space. You literally have to live with your choices, so be sure now to overwhelm the space & rob your home of its functionality. Editing is key to keeping it all from feeling like a cluttered, haphazard mess. 

XO Albie Knows