Styling your dining table: keep it simple

One thing I know is key to successful dining table styling is to keep it simple.  Unless you are a skilled stylist, too many colours, styles, complex centrepieces and crafty gimmicks found on Pinterest can get all too much.  I’ve found some lovely images (ahem… some on Pinterest) that I think are good examples to learn from.

The settings in the two images below have kept a muted and soft colour palette, introducing interest with layering and textured details.  The centrepiece sets the natural theme for the table and has been left on its own – not too fussy!  Light timber is echoed in the tableware and table itself.

Height can be cleverly introduced with sparse florals or twigs, like the beautiful magnolias below.  Guests will be able to see each other past this centrepiece.   Again, the colours are kept simple.

Any excuse to use your collections (as mentioned in my previous post… Styling your collections: the kookier the better!) can be very effective and add a personal touch, such as these vases, brought to life with fresh florals.  I think any setting deserves some sort of living feature, if not florals then fruit or vegetables can add a fresh element.

Finally, candles will add a warm finishing touch to any setting.  I love candelabras and candle sticks as they are romantic and entrancing as they burn down.  Tea lights are handy in adding a bit more light and sparkle.  There are some great safe candles out there which are battery operated and flicker continuously, a great option if you have flammable decorations nearby.  Just remember to dim the lights and enjoy everyone looking their best in a soft glow…

Local artisan: Dinosaur Designs

Dinosaur Designs have been a long time favourite of mine.  Today I visited their Extinct store in Strawberry Hills, Sydney, which is a great outlet to pick up reduced pieces.  It’s a small store, yet I spent what felt like an hour exploring all of the different shapes and colours, trying this with that, justifying in my head just one more vase.  Great fun.

While rather pricey, I like to keep in mind that each piece is hand made in Sydney using environmentally responsible practices.  This is really important to me as it supports local business and helps to keep skilled artisans employed.  I also know my purchases are unique and that I’ll have them forever.

Here’s some images from their Safari collection…

I hear there is a sale coming in September 20-22.