As you look forward to cooler autumn days and snug cold nights, prepare your home for memorable seasonal gatherings, including dinner parties. Here are three elements that will be sure to make your dining table a standout: seasonal color, nature’s autumn bounty, and textural add-ins.
If you think your table centerpiece for autumn has to be gold and orange, think again.
Incorporate the many tones of purple to create a lavish fall table. Layer in white, purple and wood tone pumpkins and greenery with your plum florals--so rich! Don’t forget the candlesticks--there’s something magical about the glow of candles on an autumn table. You can use flame-free flickering candles for the same effect safely. Candlesticks also help create a variety of heights on your table, for visual interest.
A black and white table for your fall guests? Well, why not! What’s not to like about black and white pumpkins and buffalo check plates? Even white flowers look like fall flowers when surrounded by white, black and white and glitzy gold pumpkins.
Nothing says fall like pumpkins, and the sky is the limit when it comes to today’s pumpkin colors. There are always orange pumpkins, of course, but don’t shy away from white pumpkins, merlot pumpkins, brown, green, gray, teal and blush, to name a few.
A simple centerpiece idea is to fill a tiered tray with your favorite small pumpkins in the middle of the table and scatter a variety of pumpkins and succulents down the center of the table in both directions. Or use a cake stand to elevate some pumpkins.
Nature’s stuff that says “Ah, autumn!”
Other sure-fire autumn elements (either real or faux) to include in fall tablescapes are
- red, orange and gold leaves, of course...
- ...but also magnolia leaves and pine boughs
- pine cones, acorns and other nuts
- twigs and vines, especially bittersweet (for the berries)
- other colorful berries
- harvest fruits (apples and pears) and vegetables (artichoke, cabbage and kale!)
- wheat stalks
Building interest with layers and texture
Once you’ve chosen your elements, remember that layering elements in your tablescape is key to making it beautiful and interesting.
For that natural layered vibe on your autumn table, use a charger or placemat at each place setting. Chargers in nature’s materials such as log slices or woven willow add texture, as do placemats made of nubby woven fabrics or seagrass. Stack mix and match plates using some of your everyday dishes and some special seasonal plates. Mix patterns, and try out some new color combinations--blue and gold, green and brown, purple and yellow? Finish off with a small candle ring and a pumpkin!
Develop texture with your centerpiece, as well. Lay down a cloth runner ( burlap? plaid blanket? fall scarf? colorful throw?) or a bed of mixed greenery and place your other elements on and among it. Work in texture wherever you can for a cozy fall look.
And of course, finish off your table with some fun fall linens and serveware.
And while you’re setting your fall table, be sure to draw your buffet or serving console into the scheme, as well.
Fall is a great time to try out some new looks for your home and table. Have you shopped your own house? You may be surprised how you can use pieces you already own in new ways. For those special finishing touches, be sure to browse our collections of fall wares online and in our Ridge Road store in Rockwall. Bring photos of your ideas--we love to help our guests with design inspiration!