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How to Decorate a Dining Room Table

How to Decorate a Dining Room Table
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For many of us, the dining room table serves as a place to drop stuff when we get home or for the kids to do their homework. Occasionally, we’ll clear it off and set it for dinner. Then it sits lonely and forgotten the rest of the time. But you’re missing a prime decorating opportunity if you’re not taking advantage of the large blank canvas that is the dining room table!

Of course, it’s not as easy as it looks to get that picture-perfect table like you see on social media. Unfortunately, decorating a dining room table is an all-too-common design problem. Here are five quick and easy ways to decorate a dining room table, so you’re ready no matter what the occasion.

How to Decorate a Dining Room Table for Everyday

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For your everyday table, you don’t want anything too fussy or elaborate. Instead, your everyday look should be clean and simple, something that draws the eye and coordinates with the rest of your dining room decor.

A simple table runner and a bowl of fruit is a classic look that works with any style. A decorative bowl is ideal as an everyday centerpiece since you can easily change the contents to keep things fresh. When choosing a table runner, stick to your current dining room color scheme. This will ensure your table decor complements rather than competes with the room.

How to Decorate a Minimalist Dining Room Table

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If you like a clean, clutter-free look, then a timeless single centerpiece is the way to go.  Choose a vase with clean lines in a neutral shade for a simple and elegant design. A quick trip outdoors will offer endless possibilities for vase-fillers. Cut some long-stemmed flowers from the garden or snip some greenery from a pretty bush. Maintain a minimalist aesthetic by using a few tall, slender shoots and avoid over-filling the vase.

If your minimalist look is more boho than modern, opt for a single plant as a centerpiece. Choose a pretty pot that coordinates with your dining room decor and a plant that’s compatible with the light in your dining room. If you don’t want to worry about keeping your centerpiece alive, try a faux plant instead. You can find some incredibly realistic knockoffs that won’t break the bank.

How to Decorate a Large Dining Room Table

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When you have a massive table, a single vase in the center can look lost on such a large surface. But that doesn’t mean things have to get complicated. On the contrary, a large dining room table is the perfect opportunity to display a collection. Try an arrangement of candlesticks, vases or glassware for a simple, no-fuss solution. To keep your collection looking curated instead of cluttered, stick to one color or tone and vary the heights and sizes.

How to Decorate a Dining Room Table for the Holidays

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Decorating your dining table for holidays is where you get to go all out and really have some fun. Holidays are the time when it’s OK to go a little overboard with your table decorations. But there’s a fine line between festive and tacky, so there are a few rules to follow.

Choose one look and stick to it. There are so many options when it comes to holiday decor, and it’s easy to lose focus. Once you decide on a theme, be sure to carry it through all your table decorations. Start with a base of a tablecloth or a runner and look for coordinating napkins. They don’t have to match, but they should follow the same color scheme. Then finish it off with some holiday-appropriate greenery and a centerpiece that matches the theme.

How to Decorate a Dining Room Table for a Romantic Dinner

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When it comes to romantic dinners, it’s all about setting the mood. You don’t need fancy dinnerware or expensive linens to decorate a romantic dining room table. You just have to create a little ambiance with the right lighting.

Candles are a tried-and-true favorite for creating the perfect soft, muted light that makes a romantic dinner feel so dreamy. And this is a case where more is always better, so don’t be afraid to get your glow on. Set out a row of votives down the center of the table or place little clusters of tealights around the table. Add a small vase of fresh-cut flowers to finish off the setting—the less elaborate the table, to more time you’ll have to focus on your date.

No matter what the occasion, you just need a little bit of know-how to decorate a dining room table.

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