What’s a table if it’s not properly dressed? Take your pick from gorgeous table linens for every occasion, from fancy formal dinner parties to lively family brunches. Table linens turn an average table into a centerpiece; the stunning focal point for fun, family, and friendship.
Your choice of table linens ranges from simple, colorful table mats to make everyday meals a special occasion, to crisp, white elegant linens and contrasting table runners for entertaining in style. It’s easy to style your table and your whole room to suit your personality and mood – the right table décor not only suits your table but draws out the rich detail and color already existing in your dining room or kitchen.
Choose ornate patterns and rich, dark colors to create a traditional glamorous look for candlelit dinner with a special someone. Pick pastel shades and quirky prints for family lunch with a twist. Or pair bold primary-colored serveware with classic cream or white linens for contemporary elegance.
Let loose your creativity and lead with these standout tablecloths, napkins, placemats and more.
Countless Table Linen Types and Styles
The sky’s the limit when it comes to dressing your table with linens. The starting point for many people is the traditional tablecloth, big enough to fully cover the table and drape over the legs. Tablecloths can be formal or informal in style and your choice depends on the type of meal you are hosting, or the practicality you need from a table cover. Thick linen and cotton tablecloths are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Vinyl tablecloths are more practical and fantastic for a household with kids.
Table runners and table overlays provide that essential finishing touch and can contrast or match the colors in your tablecloth. Textured table runners in burlap or hessian are ideal for adding a distinctive rustic look to the table. Table runners stretch through the center of the table and may overhang at the ends – using a table runner is a great opportunity to inject a bit of extra color into your room.
Table overlays are typically placed over a tablecloth for added pizazz, or you can use them on a bare table. Placemats designate individual dining spaces and can be plain or highly decorative. And napkins, bright and cheerful or muted in color, are a dining essential.
For a formal look, choose a white, cream or solid colored tablecloth with napkins to match. Add a table runner and placemats in an accent color. Textures for formal dining include crystal, smooth porcelain, silver, and satin sheens – plus the timeless appeal of starched white linen. Motifs and patterns are small, subtle and elegant.
For more casual occasions, mix and match colors and patterns to your heart’s content. Textures range from the smooth to the coarse to the downright outlandish – there’s no stopping you experimenting!
Why Use Table Linens?
Table linen is both decorative and practical. On the practical side, a tablecloth protects a table from spills, scrapes and scratches. It also lowers the noise level inside a room, and makes it feel cozier. Plus, if your table is showing its age, or you have a highly functional table you just don’t like the look of, a tablecloth is the economical way to deal with a furniture eyesore.
Yet even if your table is the most desirable object you own, sometimes you just need to dress it up. Table linens give your table elegance and a touch of class – ideal for dinner parties. Napkins and table mats are not only convenient but they inspire a special occasion.
Seasonal Inspiration for Table Linens
One great way to use table linens is for a festive occasion. Think Christmas, think bright red or green, colorful festive images and plenty of sparkle. Or go with a more muted palette of creams, whites and silvers. Bold bright colors instantly change the look of your room and make it something to remember at Christmas time.
For spring and summer holidays, choose pops of pastel color in lavender, powder pink or turquoise. And outdoor events call for sunny, vibrant colors that you don’t want to confine to the dining room. The choice is yours.