Layering a round dining table can add style and panache to an eating space. Depending upon the weight and style of your chosen material, as well as your dining accessories, layering your table can dress up or dress down your dining area. A few simple steps will ensure your dining table looks professionally designed and inviting at the same time.
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Things you need
- Floor-length round tablecloth (90" for a 4' table)
- Half-length round tablecloth (50" for a 4' table)
- Square table-topper (30" to 40" for a 4' table)
- Cloth napkins
- Napkin rings
- Centrepiece of choice
Clear and wipe down your dining table and centre your longest tablecloth (floor length) on it. Your longest tablecloth should be the darkest in colour (darker than your half-length and square topper). For a dressy table, choose a long cloth with satin threads or damask embroidery. To dress down your table, choose a linen fabric in stripes or plaids. Choose a monochromatic pattern if possible (a single colour in different tones); this will anchor your table and prevent it from looking "busy."
Center your half-length table cloth over the top of your first layer. Choose a half-length cloth in a pattern that is contrasting to your first layer but carries a complementary colour. For example, if you've chosen a black damask floor-length cloth, choose a white or light grey half-length cloth with black detail work. Remember, shine in fabric dresses up a table, while linen and other matt material dresses a table down. Remember to choose a half-length cloth that is lighter in colour than your long cloth but avoid solid white, as it evokes a "restaurant" or "corporate" feeling.
Place a square table-topper in the centre of your table as the third layer. It's best to choose a table topper in a solid colour and in a lightweight fabric. Think of your table topper as the canvas for your last layer (your dining accessories). Select a colour that will contrast nicely with your dishware. This layer can be lighter or darker than your second layer, depending on your dishware, but should not be darker than your first layer.
Place dishware at each place setting. Turn glasses top down to create a more stable base and place ringed napkins in the centre of each plate or place setting. Napkins can be rolled and placed flat on the plates or standing up using the napkin ring as a base. If you desire more height to your table, stand your napkins.
Place your centrepiece of choice in the middle of your table as the finishing touch to your top final layer. Your centrepiece should coordinate with your colour palette and can be formal or informal, depending on your intention. The size of your centrepiece should be in relation to the surrounding room decor. For example, if you have a low-hung chandelier, choose a low centrepiece.
Tips and warnings
- Choose colours that coordinate with your room but are contrasting enough to add interest to the dining space. Select microfiber table linens as an easy-to-clean option.
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