3 Neutral Table Settings that Aren’t Boring

Posted by: Rebecca Atwood

Setting the table is a great way to turn a meal into a shared experience.

It helps me slow down and remember to spend time with those I’m sharing a meal. If you’re like me, you want to keep things easy. You don’t need another thing to do when you get home – but you also enjoy a beautiful setting.

Building your collection of dishes, linens, and accessories so they all work together is the first step in this process.

Then you’ll find it’s easier to mix and match pieces to create a few different looks for different occassions.

Neutrals don’t have to be boring, and they are a great place to start when elevating your everyday meals. Get playful – think about materials, texture, and pattern to create a fun assortment that you can mix and match. Here are three looks to inspire your daily meals.

Play with graphic black and white, but update it with subtle tonal shifts.  Use painterly and woven patterns as they have a softer look than graphic patterning.  Soft gray ceramics and muted metallics round out the assortment and keep the palette fluid.

An earthy medley can feel cozy and is a great pairing for a decadent meal. Mix natural wovens with wood, linen, texture ceramics, and soft patterning.  Consider adding a bolder neutral pattern for just a little quirk too as we did with the spots napkin.

 Create a dreamy neutral palette by mixing soft gray-lilac and taupe tones, along with a range of metallics. Here the marble pattern adds to the mood referencing clouds and water.

Photography by Lydia Hudgens.

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