Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Tip Tablescape Arrangement

I’m am not an expert at tablescape arranging but I have learned a few things as I have spend a good bit of last week putting together my foyer table and a treat table in the living room. 

Let me share with you what I’ve learned……


Basic guidelines for creating  your own tablescape.


  • Light~ Lamps, candles {okay maybe both}
  • Hard Objects~ Picture frames, books, trays, plates, or mirrors
  • Greenery & Natural Items~ flowers, leaves, branches, nuts, fruits, baskets, or small foliage
  • Fabric Element~ napkins, table runner, dolly,  or ribbon


  • Try to take up no more than 1/3 of the tables surface, unless the table doesn’t intend to be use and will remain purely decorative.
  • Arrange items so the heights stagger.  Stacking books is a great way to add lefts and levels.  Use candle sticks,a lamp, or even a vase filled with branches as your tallest height and work with other smaller display items to fill and complete your tablescape.
  • Odd numbers are more appealing to the eye.  Group items in 3’s,5’s, or even 7’s. {think children's books ~ “The Three Little Pigs”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears”}
  • Just as an artist paints a scenery, your table arrangement needs a foreground, middle ground, and a background.  You can create depth even on a small shelf!
  • Limit the color palette to just a few colors. 
  • Try to use “real” objects.  Items that you really use in and around your home.  Magazines, books, letter opener, reading glasses, candy :D
  • Create a focal point with either a large mirror or artwork
  • Overlap items.  Let one object break the line of another object.



  1. Love your tips! I'm an "odd" gal (both figuratively and literallY) myself ... and love using books as raisers. Thanks for sharing, *Becca*


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