In this post: If you could only have one set of table decor, I would suggest a white dining table setting. Here’s how to add summer color to make your white table unique.⇒
I love a blank slate.
Fresh beginnings, starting from scratch, a bare clean foundation.
So it’s no surprise, when it comes to table settings, I enjoy working with a pure white base. From this vantage point, I can build on an elegant underpinning, add just a few new items and come up with a completely fresh look.
Today I’m joining with a group of my blogging friends to bring you the summer edition of Styled + Set, the blog hop that aims to inspire you for seasonal entertaining in style. Please be sure to visit the wonderful selection of posts linked at the bottom.
For my summer table, I set my vision of the perfect clean slate – a casually elegant tableau comprised of all my favorite design elements, placed in my nearly all-white breakfast room. From there, I could add summer color at whim.
White Dining Table Setting
The bedrock of this look is what I perceive as an all white dining room table setting. It’s not actually all white, but incorporates crystal and silver, as well. Much like my style when decorating my rooms, I love to mix aged but beautiful French pieces with chippy casual worn items. It’s very “denim and diamonds”, so to speak, and is the hallmark of my style. On this table, it takes shape through almost entirely vintage pieces.
Starting with the plate stack, I used my favorite pewter chargers and layered on 2 different Limoges china patterns. Both have tiny pink flower borders and a bit of gilded edging, but from a few feet back, they still read as predominately white.
The plates sit atop a laundered linen tablecloth with ruffled edges, draped over our white farmhouse dining table. They’re surrounded by a ragtag assortment of French side chairs, and in the background you might also spy something new to our breakfast room.
This is the one room in our house that, up until now, had no window coverings. Facing the woods and not really needing privacy, I loved having the light shine in. But one corner peeked at my neighbor’s patio and I thought it was finally time to finish the room properly and add something to the windows.
I truly wanted the least intrusive option and so I went with plantation shutters for the bottom half of the windows. They provide just enough privacy while allowing in as much light as possible and you may remember how awesome they looked in our basement remodel. They’re very affordable yet are of superior quality!
With the white foundation laid, and the cool vintage vibe defined, it was time to add in a note of summer. I decided to do that by simply adding fresh flowers, most notably via the simplest of centerpieces. I filled my chippiest garden urn to brimming over with a lush display of pink peonies and the curious mix of exquisitely delicate blooms against the rusty urn set my heart aflutter. This is the stuff tabelscape dreams are made of (well, for me anyway!)
I tucked sweet pink roses into my crystal napkin rings, creating the perfect contrast against the crisp white embroidered napkins.
Side note – these favorite napkin rings of mine are an old set from Pottery Barn, long discontinued and hard to find, so you won’t find them in the resource list below, but you can occasionally find them on eBay or elsewhere on the web if you search voraciously.
I often find the use of one particular element can ‘throw a look’ into a different direction and give unique personality to the table or room in question. On this table, that element was the inclusion of deep orange tulips and they’re the key to rooting this table into the realm of summer. Pink, on it’s own, could channel any season, but mix fuchsia with flaming orange and the seasonal message is clear.
What’s so characteristic about this table setting is that despite the colorful presentation, if you strip away the flowers, it’s at heart a simple white dining table. Change up the flowers and you have a completely different perspective and attitude. Some other summer combinations to try with white are:
- Blue and yellow
- Shades of purple and lavender
- Red, white and blue
- White with green
- A full palette of pink, purple, yellow and green
More and more I find myself gravitating toward a clean white slate of vintage components as the quintessential underpinning for the home styling that makes me happy. Whether it’s a room or a vignette, a tablescape or an entire house, get those components right and the rest is easy!
White Dining Table Setting Resource List
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.
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