A tablescape is a simple, inexpensive way to bring a festive design touch to your home during the holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a large family gathering or you simply enjoy decorating for the holidays, a tablescape is a great option. With just a few tips, holiday tablescapes will help you transform an ordinary table display into a masterpiece that your family and friends will admire throughout the entire holiday season.
Choose a Theme
The first step for creating a holiday tablescape is to choose a theme. Grabbing items at random can be fun, but it often results in a display that can look cluttered and messy. Working with a theme will limit the items that you choose so that you can design a more cohesive display. Consider a theme that fits with the style of your home as well as your other holiday decorations. The theme can be as general as rustic elegance to as specific as winter snowmen.
Decide on a Color Scheme
Once you’ve settled on a theme, select the colors that you want to use. While there is no right or wrong number of colors for holiday tablescapes, typically less is more. Limit yourself to two or three primary colors and then add accents of one or maybe two more colors. Popular colors for the holiday season include red and green, but you don’t need to feel limited to these options. Take up the elegance factor of your tablescape by using neutral hues like silver, gold, white, or cream for your primary colors with accent colors thrown into the mix.
Mix and Match
One of the most fun aspects of designing holiday tablescapes is pulling together varying patterns, styles, textures, and materials. Pairing unexpected prints and patterns or combining textures and styles in a unique way makes a powerful statement. Start by layering different fabrics and other decorative elements to bring texture and depth to your tablescape. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different pairings until you settle on a final result that you love.
Vary the Height
Choosing items of varying heights fills up the space in the room and adds depth to the tablescape. It can be helpful to select one or two tall focal pieces for the center of the holiday tablescape and then build the rest of the display around them. The complimentary pieces don’t all have to be the same height, but none of them should be quite as tall as the focal pieces. Try grouping your complementing pieces in sets of three or five to make the focal items stand out while keeping the display looking intentional as opposed to cluttered.
Using a mirror on a horizontal surface adds visual interest and more dimension to the items that are part of the tablescape. Display a small set of mirrors in varying sizes and shapes on tiered shelves nearby, or select a single long mirror that will serve as the base for the entire display.
If you’re looking for further inspiration for your holiday tablescapes, browse your favorite home decorating sites during the holidays. Pay attention to displays in retail stores and friends’ homes as well, noting themes, color combinations, and other elements that are particularly appealing to you so that you can use them in your own holiday tablescapes.