Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tutorial: How to do a table scape

Tables, especially those with large surfaces, can be intimidating to decorate. Rather than just throwing a variety of random objects on it or giving up with a lamp and a doodad, let's go step by step on how to do it right! Actually, there are many ways to design a table scape, but here are some basic points. I like to include beautiful lamps, plants and/or flowers, books and something with sparkly surfaces like glass with candles. I also like a punch of color, but neutral scape's can be wonderful as long as there is enough texture added. Here we go.

Here is my couch in a wonderful dark cocoa color. The table is a garage sale find. Both the lamps and the couch are from the Restoration Hardware outlet that is about thirty miles from my house. Pretty blah.

Let's add some color.

No, even more...

The pillows and throw are all from Pottery barn. Now we need some height in the center and it needs some action and life so I think greenery is the right choice.

I love to bring in red this time of year, it is bright and cheerful and can carry right through Valentines day. Actually, I love red anytime of the year so let's add more.

These Amaryllis are beautiful. One is real and one is faux, no one can tell the difference! Notice the candles on mercury glass pedestals to add sparkle.

Now let's really jazz it up.
 Books with red on them, some yellow to add a pop of color.

More greenery, a glass bowl of apples and a great piece of artwork. I feel like we just need one more thing.

The metronome brings in more of the wood to tie in with the table and the picture frame. 

I love the final result. It all ties together, has lots of interest and makes me happy whenever I walk into the room! I hope you enjoyed this little design lesson as much as I enjoyed doing it. Happy decorating.


  1. Very interesting! I need help in this area, so I really appreciate this post. You always have the best tablescapes!

  2. That looks great! An excellent tutorial!