5 Timeless Tablescape Design Trends of 2017 – Review

5 Timeless Tablescape Design Trends of 2017

In 2017, there are plenty of beautiful ideas for tablescapes going around that really can make your living space come alive. While trends can be a bit transitional, there are several styles that can be used on your tablescape that is timeless. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most timeless tablescape trends for the 2017 calendar year that will really bring life to your home’s décor.

Monochrome and Gold

Nothing quite says luxury and prosperity better than gold. While we’re not necessarily talking 24 karats, using gold-colored accents on a black and white tablescape can really make your tabletop shine. If you have a white marble-topped table, this will be easy, but if you have a wooden table or a table that isn’t quite monochrome, you can use a table cloth for this design option.

To get started, select a table accessory that is gold-colored; you can use gold highlighted vases, gilded silverware, or gold colored plates in order to add a bit of richness to your setting. Additionally, you can even add in some flowers to accentuate the gold theme like chrysanthemums or yellow roses.

Why it Works:

When you have a simple white or black table design and introduce rich colors like gold, for some reason, it really pops visually.

Floral Accented Wood

On the opposite side of the spectrum, your tablescape can have a more natural aesthetic that’s perfect for those shooting for an earthier feel. To accomplish this tablescape trend, your table should be comprised of wood. In most cases, darker woods look better, but lighter woods will do in a pinch.

On your wooden table, you should have a flower holder in the center. For this specific tablescape, most ceramic vases won’t quite fit the aesthetic. While those that are made of burnished wood might work, wicker flower planters really will accentuate the natural theme that you’re looking for. Next, use just about any type of flowering plant for a nice, floral accent. For an earthier feel, you can use succulents to add a leafy styling to your tablescape.

Why it Works:

When you’re dining or just relaxing at a table that has these earthy tones, you’ll feel as if you’re dining away in a garden. Additionally, having this kind of natural aesthetic will work with just about any décor imaginable.

Rustic Accents

For another earthy tablescape, consider going rustic. When you want to entertain but you aren’t looking for an overly luxurious setting, you can use things like strips of burlap fabric, green vines, and wooden tables to really play up the rustic setting. This is one of the most charming tablescapes available, and if done right, you can achieve a type of rustic elegance.

For this tablescape, you should always use a wooden table; materials like beech wood and maple seem to work really well. As mentioned, viny plants work really well, so feel free to decorate with plants like wisteria or even morning glories. Finally, burlap fabric table settings really will bring home the rustic feel.

Why it Works:

Rustic tablescapes are pleasing to the eye and will transport you and your guests to a simpler way of life.

Outrageous Color

Who says that every tablescape has to use understated colors? Sometimes, a splash of color can really make an event shine and a meal at home more memorable. For this tablescape, you’ll almost certainly need a brightly colored tablecloth, though there are tables out there with outrageously colored tops out there as well.

Next, some multicolored plates will really bring this design aesthetic home. Ceramic plates are a great choice, so find ones that are pink or another festive color. Finally, tie it all together with some pretty flowering plants set in a beautiful vase that can match the plates in coloration.

Why it Works:

While you don’t want an eyesore, bright and festive colors will almost always look nice when set in the right room décor.

An Elegant Tablescape 

One of the most popular tablescapes of this year is one that fully embraces femininity in a room’s décor. For this specific tablescape, you’ll need a lacey tablecloth that can be draped over your tabletop. If you’re not a fan of lace, you can also use tablecloths that feature floral patterns as well. The next accent should feature white ceramic plates, bowls, and cups; these add a balancing factor to the design of the tablescape. Finally, in the center, this trend calls for a taller vase that contains just about any variety of flowers.

For an additional design concession, you can also use a Lazy Susan underneath the vase.

Why it Works:

With the presence of floral highlights and understated ceramic dishware, this tablescape really has a lot of inherent elegance.

Which of these tablescape trends fit the décor of your home?

 

Jessica Kane is a writer for SIlver Superstore, home of the internet’s best flatware.

How to Use Area Rugs Properly in a Small Home or Apartment

How to Use Area Rugs Properly in a Small Home or Apartment

There are some challenges that come with decorating and filling a small home or apartment – area rugs are one of these challenges. Area rugs are great to keep your feet warm in the winter and make a room appear cozy and comfortable. But when you have a small space how do you know what area rug to purchase? When choosing an area rug for your space, there are a number of things to assist you in finding the perfect rug for the perfect spot! Here is how to use area rugs properly in a small home or apartment:

 

Separating Rooms in Open Concept Homes

Area Rugs - Separating Rooms in Open Concept Homes

If your apartment is open concept, rugs are the perfect way to “separate” spaces. By adding a rug you are able to great a visual ‘barrier’ to the beginning and end of the ‘living room’, keeping it separate from the kitchen and dining room. It also lends itself to a base for furniture to sit on. This creates the sense that the furniture is within a designated area. The space is now defined with the rug that acts as the “perimeter” of a room. Easy and effective!

 

Use Area Rugs that Compliment Furniture or Decor

Use Area Rugs that Compliment Furniture and Decor

One of the biggest mistakes people make when purchasing a rug is that it clashes with the room (modern home with traditional rug). Find an area rug that compliments your furniture and décor. The best way to do this is to look around your room and get a sense of what style it is. Is it rustic, modern, classic? Once you have determined what your style is, selecting a rug to compliment the room’s style will be simple! Still not sure? Pinterest has plenty of suggestions based on room style!

 

Secure Under Couch or Table Legs

Area Rugs - Secure Under Couch or Table Legs

If the rooms in your home are small, it is likely that they will have high foot traffic. One common problem with rugs is that they get bunched up or caught when stepped on. Fix this problem by anchoring rugs in high traffic areas with your furniture! Secure those ends under your couch, table legs, bed, or perhaps a heavy vase or other decorative item! Keeping the ends secured will prevent your area rugs from moving around and causing gathering.

 

NOTE: When purchasing your rug, always be sure you have measurements in mind. A rug that is oversized (or even too small) can make the room look awkward. Select a rug size that comfortably holds all your furniture.

 

Use Contrast Patterns

Area Rugs - Use Contrast Patterns

Having rugs that contrast your room (instead of blending in with the background) bring colour and detail into a space. Add a rug with a contrasting pattern and place it under your dining room table, your couch, or your coffee table! This is especially beneficial for glass items (such as a glass coffee table). Having a designed or patterned rug beneath adds personality. Be sure that you choose a rug that is contrasting but not clashing with your other furniture and décor (see above point!). Find rugs that repeat a pattern, have similar colours to those in the room, or include a new pattern to your space.

 

Keep Your Lifestyle in Mind

Area Rugs - Keep Your Lifestlye in Mind

When selecting an area rug, consider the lifestyle that is lived in that room. Does your eating area experience regular messes? Do you have children who like to paint in the living room? Do you have pets that chew bones on the carpet? Keeping these things in mind will help you decide what type of rug you need (or if you need one at all). Some rugs require more maintenance for cleaning, while others are simple to remove a stain. Darker colours will show less mess, while thicker rugs will require deeper cleaning to get out all that dust, debris, and dog hair!

 

 

You will love your area rug! And keep in mind that it is not as permanent as a carpet, so once you’re tired of it, you can get a new one! Above all else, make sure you smile when you walk into the room.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/27627018/list/the-beauty-of-contrast-modern-rugs-in-traditional-spaces

http://www.diybeautify.com/2016/04/how-to-keep-area-rug-from-buckling.html

8 Ways to Spruce up Your Front Step for Summer

 

8 Ways to Spruce up Your Front Step for Summer

 

Summer is at our door step! Or in this case, summer is on your FRONT step. Get rid of the chilly looking dead plants and find ways to bring summer to your front step this year. Changing the style and look of your front step can make your home more inviting and add curb appeal. Varying the look doesn’t mean you need to invest in new windows, re-style the steps, or paint the entire house. You can spruce up your entrance with these simple additions that add color and life to the front of your home!

 

1. Lighting

Lighting - Spruce up Your Front Step for Summer

Lighting is one of the most impactful ways you can spruce up your front step for summer. Every home will have a front porch light, but throughout the year, these light fixtures can get worn down by snow, dust, and wind. Simply replacing the porch light with a new stylish sconce can change the look of your front step. Another way to create personality and add detail to your front step is by putting up patio lanterns or small string bulbs. These simple additions strung across railings or porch balconies can create a beautiful ambiance for the evenings. The twinkly lights will make your home more appealing near and far!

 

2. Potted Plants

Potted Plants - Spruce up your Front Step for Summer

Potted plants are an easy and inexpensive way to insert color and natural décor to your front step. This living decoration brings a sense of summer and life to an otherwise dull step. Potted plants allow you to be creative with colors and types of flowers and grasses. Select the plants that you like the most and do a little gardening (or purchase them already thriving if your thumb is a different shade than green). When selecting plants, be sure to search for which plants do best in sunlight, part shade, or shade. Depending on how the direction of your home’s front step, you will need to purchase plants accordingly. Want more in your pot? Add some décor sticks, straw, or perhaps even a gnome!

 

3. Wreath

Wreath - Spruce up your Front Step for Summer

Although some people leave wreaths for winter and Christmas décor, having a wreath in summer is an unexpected way to add flare to your doorway. Be creative and make your own, or head to your nearest home décor store and check out the wide variety available to you. Wreaths can contain anything from leaves and flowers, to pinecones or pieces of wood – and some even less ‘natural’ and more modern. Get creative with your wreath! It is good to consider the color of your door and porch, because if you purchase a wreath of a similar color, it will camouflage and appear dreary. Pick something bright and colorful to really get the summer-vibe on your front step!

 

4. Doormat

Door Mat - Spruce up your Front Step for Summer

It may seem simple, but the addition of a doormat can add a huge pop of personality to your front step. With access to the various types of unique retailers (Etsy, Amazon, Home Sense, etc.) you can find a door mat that suites your style. Doormats come in tons of different colors, have sayings on them, and are made of different textures (soft for comfort, or rough for scraping off your shoes). No matter what your style is, adding a doormat is an easy and affordable way to spruce up your front step for summer!

 

5. Tall/Hanging Plants

Tall, Hanging Plant - Spruce up your Front Step for Summer

One of the biggest rules in décor setup is adding height to a space. Having an array of small items, medium, and tall can give the space an eclectic feel. The same goes for your front step. Purchase plants that can be hung or are tall. These will add height and break up the space of your front step. Some examples are potted trees, hanging flower baskets, or tall spiky grass! If you are lacking space on your front step, having hanging baskets can keep things off of the ground (therefore not taking up ‘have to put down my grocery bags because I can’t find my keys’ space), but also add that desired summery look.

 

6. Mailbox Makeover

Mailbox - Spruce up your Front Step for Summer

In the case where your home still has a mailbox (and has not been transferred to the super boxes), this is a functional way to spruce up your front step. Any mailboxes purchased at a hardware store are simple and plain. Get creative this summer and give it a makeover! You can start fresh and create a new one using whatever materials you see fit, or you can head to your local craft store and add new features. Paint on your family’s name, make the mailbox wooden, or get your kids to create something to show off their art skills!

 

7. Patio Furniture

Patio Furniture - Spruce up your Front Step for Summer

Depending on the size of your front steps, you may have room to add a small chair, wicker couch, or table. If your front step is smaller, find a small table to put beside the doorway. This can be used to hold up plants or other outdoor décor and add more height to the space. If you have a larger front step, creating a small and cozy furniture setup will instill the sense of comfort. Perfect for those warm, sunshine-filled mornings with a coffee in your hand.

 

8. Color Your Door

Color Your Door - Spruce Up Your Front Step for Summer

If your front step does not have a lot of room for planters or furniture, consider sprucing your entrance up with color: paint your door! The regular white or brown doors we are so used to seeing can turn into an eye-catching array. Paint your door a baby blue, red, or even a bright yellow and give your front step a little meaning (every colour has a meaning, pick one that reflects you). For a final touch, add a wreath that compliments the color and style of your new door!