Fall Table Decor: How to Use Soft Colors in an Autumn Tablescape
In this post: If you’re looking for ways to use soft colors in your fall table decor, these 6 ideas will help you set a pretty and tranquil autumn table.⇒
I don’t really hate orange.
After all, who can hate a color that Hermès uses for all their packaging?
But I’ve often stated that I do not like fall colors when used all together. Oh sure, I love them on the trees! But in my home I prefer to be more subtle. Still, I enjoy a fall look and the use of some fall colors. I just like them better when the look is soft and tranquil.
Fall Table Decor
Today I’m joining with my Styled + Set gang to bring you our annual fall entertaining blog hop. You’ll find tablescapes and other entertaining ideas, all styled for the autumn season, so be sure to check out my friends’ posts linked at the bottom of this one.
I’ve set a table this year that’s a bit different than the ones I’ve done in the past, in that I’ve not used this combination of colors before, particularly for the fall season. Below you will find 6 tips for using soft colors in your fall table decor.
Pale pumpkin plates
If there’s one thing that says fall more than anything else, it’s the ubiquitous pumpkin. Yet for a soft colored table, it’s fun to find plates in non-traditional colors and that’s where I began for this table.
Not quite neutral, this tablescape is centered around pale aqua with varied shades of ivory and cream. In order to keep such a palette decidedly ‘fall’, it felt important to utilize the pumpkin motif, so these soft hued plates were the perfect starting point. The aqua dinner plate underscores the color in the pumpkin salad plate, while the mosaic chargers provide a delicate foundation.
Fall flower accents
Perhaps the most essential key, however, to this gentle palette is the one surprising accent in the floral centerpiece. Pale blue hydrangeas rub shoulders with creamy white spider mums and ornamental cabbage flowers, yet the pop of bronze mums is defining for the table.
They add a note of warmth and a hint of fall color and are the vehicle that takes the whole tableau from summer coastal to unmistakably autumn.
Soft pumpkin clusters
But just in case you still weren’t convinced, using pretty pumpkins of varied faux materials in calm colors and tossing them about in modest clusters further drives the point home that this is an autumn gathering. The velvets are my favorites but there are many other options.
Touches of warm gold
A second benefit attributable to the bronze mums is that they allow for the unpredictable use of gold in the table setting. With soft blues and whites, one might expect only silver, but I love to mix metals and enjoy how the gold napkin rings and champagne flutes reflect the warmth introduced by the bronze in the centerpiece.
Rugged textured napkins
Somewhat more subtle, but very suggestive of the season, the use of rugged textures is common for fall. Whether burlap or other coarse weave fabrics, they work nicely in table linens. Here I’ve used a delightful napkin that plays the rugged texture off a soft sweet ruffle.
Artichokes and pumpkins on a candelabra
Harvest fruits and vegetables are additional motifs that read distinctly fall, and here I’ve balanced them upon a vintage candelabra, once again selecting colors that work with my soft color direction. You can also try placing faux artichokes in little bowls at each place setting if you prefer to save your candlesticks for candlelight at the meal.
As it turns out, it’s entirely possible to use bits of fall color while staying true to a soft color palette, and still presenting a table the reads seasonal for fall.
It’s even possible to do it with a touch of orange.
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.
Please note: Several of the items, including the primary plate in this table setting, were from Pier 1, which unfortunately has closed stores and is no longer selling online. I’ve tried to supply options that maintain the same spirit.
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I adore the soft subtle hues used within your Autumnal Tablescape!
Those soft neutral with blue pumpkin plates are lovely!
Adore the contrast between the dinnerware and the orange PoPs of the centerpiece!
Filled to the brim with inspiration!
You do the softer side of fall so well, Lory! Love those pumpkin plates and you matched the centerpiece beautifully. Thanks for organizing this event!!
So beautiful, Lory! I love that urn with the beautiful flower arrangement. Every detail is gorgeous as always!
Such beautiful colors and accents Lory! Love that urn centerpiece!
Such a gorgeous table Lory! You know how much I adore soft fall colors like you, and you’ve done a beautiful job with this! And I adore those pumpkin plates!!
Thanks so much for including me:)
Such a gorgeous table and I too dislike orange! Thanks for organizing Lory….xoxo
Bronze mums with my blue hydrangeas?! I like that together! I too don’t like a lot of orange shades..especially with yellows…now apart on their own..yes.
I struggle with my porch pots of blue hydrangeas every year when fall arrives. They are still growing strong when it’s time to add the fall colors.
Those white plates with the blue on your table are so pretty!
Love the shade of green velvet on your pumpkin too. It all works well together.