So, you’ve fallen head over heels for a room with high ceilings and oversize windows that needs some serious filling. Don’t worry—here’s how to outfit them to a T.
1. Balance Out Your Space
Consider your venue: A lofty ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows usually need to be offset, and long tables can be the perfect solution to create depth and vibrancy in a bare room. Set up long, lean banquet tables in organized rows or a U-shaped formation, and watch the lines of color and texture bring your room to life.
2. Use Height
A fabulous way to give your long, narrow tables some dimension is to break them up with décor of different heights. Alternate between ceramic vases and thin taper candles, or try tall, statement vases accompanied by medium and small hurricane candles and petite votives.
3. Play With Shape
You don’t have to settle on round, standard plates. Square or rectangular place settings that mimic the tables’ shape make an edgy statement.
4. Run Long
Elongate the table by working the middle zone. Add texture by layering a graphic runner over a solid tablecloth, or, if you’re not big on doubling up on linens, use a lush runner of greenery for a farm-to-table fete.
5. Disperse Details
Rectangular tables have a lot of space to fill. Take some pressure off yourself and remember you don’t need to cover every inch. Prevent this potential color overload or a clutter of décor by accenting a few strategic spots: Have fun with bright chair cushions, line the center of each table with tall candlesticks or go bold with your menu or place cards.
Love a classic round table? Nope, you aren’t settling on the norm—there’s a reason they’re a crowd favorite. Not only do round tables provide excellent conversational benefits, they also don’t need to follow any rules. They can mesh with just about any scenario. Here’s a trick to spicing things up: Add more visual interest by mixing up sizes—for example, alternating between 60-inch and 72-inch rounds.
1. Think in Threes
It’s easy to commit to one arrangement, but if you’re hoping to make a splash with your rounds, why not work a trio? Cluster table décor and arrangements of similar colors and sizes in the middle of your tabletop.
2. Don’t Be Afraid of Color (and Patterns)
If not done well, too much white can be a little boring. We’re all for infusing a white palette with neutral metallics, muted patterns and eye-catching textures. Diversify your rounds and white tablecloths with details like gold chairs, copper cutlery, a quilted or eyelet tablecloth, or unique floral arrangements.
3. Think Small
There’s something to be said about understated style—you think your guests won’t notice, but they will. Subtle details often make an unexpectedly pretty presentation. A beautiful floral arrangement, or three or four smaller ones, plus a few votive candles, seashells or other on-theme details can be just the right touch.
4. Give It Some Edge
Introduce rectangular and square plates or other décor elements to add unexpected, modern angles to a familiar setup.
5. Layer It On
No one says you need to drench your tables in bright color if you don’t want to—there are other ways to jazz up a traditional round table and neutral color scheme. If you’re going for a clean and classic look, bring in some texture through patterns like damask, florals, or stripes in crisp ivory or eggshell.