Let’s look at table centerpiece ideas and a few easy to do tips to create a stunning table without setting it! Our dining room tables are one of the largest flat surfaces in our homes! It’s prime real estate. So let’s create something fabulous on it!
Dining table decor can make or break the way our whole dining rooms look! I get so many emails and questions about what to put on the dining room table! So today, I have lots of everyday dining room table centerpiece ideas for you!
I’m sharing my StoneGable and Tanglewood dining tables so you can get lots of ideas.
KEEP YOUR TABLE CLEAR OF CLUTTER
First of all, make sure your dining room table is totally clear of all clutter. This is so important! Because it is a big, horizontal surface it is a magnet for “stuff”. If your table is a clutter collector, clean it off and DO NOT put anything on it that does not belong.
Doing this one thing is not only freeing but will make your whole room look better instantly! Now your dining room will already look better and it is ready to start the road to fabulous!
GO BIG, BIG, BIG
Our tables are not the place to display collections or group little objet d’ art! When your table is not in use add an everyday dining room table centerpiece that is BIG! This is the area in your home to make a HUGE statement!
The best way to do that is to find one big, gorgeous urn or container and add seasonal elements to it!
I found the chippy urn at HomeGoods. At the time I had no idea what I would do with it but I knew it would be perfect somewhere in my home. The urn found a home on my dining room table. And is my go-to container for the table!
I keep my dining room centerpiece filled with beautiful seasonal natural elements like…
- dried hydrangeas (above)
- faux sunflowers
- Christmas greens
- spring branches that are blooming
- branches of fall leaves
- moss and moss balls
- faux arrangements
- orchids (so easy to take care of)
A note about faux florals…
Get the best you can afford. This investment will have a big payoff since you can use them year after year. I got my sunflowers almost a decade ago and they still look amazing and real!
Here is a post about HOW TO MAKE FAUX FLOWERS LOOK MORE REAL.
And you might also like CREATIVE WAYS TO USE FAUX FLOWERS.
A designer tip…
If you have one big container like I do, put your blooms in a container inside your big container. It is so much easier to add two or three containers filled with flowers, water, moss, etc to a big urn or container!
USING A TRIO AS A TABLE CENTERPIECE
Think about using a trio of large containers across your dining room table! Our eyes love things grouped in three. There is instant decor magic when using three large items on a dining room table as a centerpiece!
You will want to read about the rule of threes in decor below…
USE A TIERED TRAY
A tiered tray is a big attention grabber and it’s so fun to decorate. Gather items from the kitchen and arrange them on a vertical tray! This makes a big decor statement and looks especially pretty when decorated with season touches.
A vertical tray draws the eye upwards off the long table to see what else is interesting. For home decorators who love to set their table this is a very pretty alternative. Think of a tiered table as a deconstructed tablescape.
ADD A BIT OF GLOW TO A DINING ROOM TABLE CENTERPIECE
Candles are a perfect addition to a dining room table! I love the look of a grouping of candles on either side of my centerpiece. Grouping beautiful candles holders on your dining room table adds visual weight and presence to a table. And promotes the magic of decorating in threes
Pull out your candle holders and group them on either side of your centerpiece.
Tips for grouping candles…
- balance the candle holders on one side of the centerpiece with the candles on the other
- candle holders don’t need to match
- candles do need to be the same color to give your candle grouping a cohesive look
- vary candle holder and candle heights
- think about investing in battery operated candles on timers. They look so real these days and you can set them to light up so evenings in your dining room have a magical soft glow!
CREATE A VIGNETTE AS A TABLE CENTERPIECE
A few big items corralled in a tray or basket will really be a standout in your dining room! This is the place to be very mindful about what you put in your vignette. No little items except for filler in the bottom of the basket or tray!
And remember to group in odd numbers. Three is the magic number for vignettes.
By the way, all these tips work for kitchen tables too!
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Now, it’s your turn! Shop your house of the images below to find table centerpiece ideas for your dining room! Create something worthy of your dining room table!