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The Ultimate Guide on Tablescaping

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The art of tablescaping has taken on an almost ritualistic obsession these days. You won’t be going to any dinner parties without a sufficient level of hand-painted — or swirled — candles. Tablescaping in 2022 means aesthetic symmetry, dried flowers, bold napkin rings — the works. From couture-worthy linen to plates (almost) too pretty to eat from, here are the most head-turning tablescapes to inspire your place settings, linen and centrepieces.  

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A yellow tablecloth with red tulips, called The Chartreuse Cloth by East London Cloth

The Chartreuse Cloth, £225, East London Cloth, eastlondoncloth.co.uk

Sarah Espeute Table Linen

Oeuvres Sensibles custom-made table linen to order, Sarah Espeute, oeuvres-sensibles.com

Issy Granger Pink and Green Tablecloth

Double Piped Linen Tablecloth, Small £190, Medium £230, Large (£260), www.issygranger.com

Double Piped Linen Napkins - Set of Four (£70) www.issygranger.com

Double Piped Linen Napkins – Set of Four (£70), www.issygranger.com

white and red checkered pottery sits on a light green gingham tablecloth

Henry Holland has just released his new line of pottery, and we want all of it. Made in his studio in Hackney (from white clay and terracotta), the checks are intended to have that imperfect, made from fabric look.

henryhollandstudio.com

embroidered tablecloth with images of matchbox matchsticks and octopus tentacles

Borne out of a collaboration between embroiderer Ellie Mac (@ellie.macembroidery) and artist Alma Berrow (@almaberrow), we have a witty twist on the usual prettified tablecloth that’s saturated on our IG feeds. Featuring cigarette butts, strewn matchsticks, and noughts and crosses hatched, great artistic conversations are destined to take place over this cloth.

Bonadea green tablescape

Giving a whole new meaning to ‘eating your greens’, this tablescape by Bonadea incorporates all of the most beautiful colours and patterns from the English garden. The perfect way to showcase its new collaboration with french ceramicist, Marie Daage.

Photo: Bonadea

Mila London tablescape

Claret accents perfectly offset riotous pattern in this tablescape by Mila London.

Photo: mila-london.com

Karen Koramshai orange tablescape

‘Bright colours inject an essence of summer into your tablescape,’ says healthy chef, Karen Koramshai. ‘Burnt rustic orange and warm tones of wood are perfect for charcuterie boards and a relaxed and laidback feel.’

Photo: Karen Koramshai x @byolive_co. © Jenni Helin.

The Houseful tablescape yellow

Sicilian yellows and blues (along with wreaths of decorative lemons) are a staple for summer tablescapes. Mix-and-match heavily decorative plates, Murano glassware, vintage linen and a striking floral centrepieces.

Photo: thehouseful.com

Hands up if you’re favourite thing to see blooming in spring are tulips? We thought so. Which is why we’re even more thrilled that Yolke has chosen this beautiful bud as the inspiration for its new table linen collection. Simply throw over the table, add matching napkins and a few pieces of mismatched crockery and glassware for that impromptu (yet ultra chic) al fresco picnic feel.

Photo: yolke.co.uk

If you’re looking for spring and summer tablescaping inspiration, Mrs. Alice’s Instagram, @mrsaliceshop is the place to find it. Though with so many ideas for enchanting pastel coloured schemes, you could find that it’s impossible to choose just one to emulate. Need a helping hand? All of the looks are shoppable from mrsalice.com.

 

Photo: @mrsaliceshop

Bordallo Pinheiro

Why keep the cabbage patch to the garden? Bordallo Pinheiro’s iconic Maria Flor collection get a sugary sweet new look here with additional layered ceramic and daisy plates. And of course the piece-de-resistance of any spring tablescape – an unruly wildflower bouquet.

Photo: Bordallo Pinheiro

Bonadea tablescape

Acorn green and subtle pink flourish is the perfect colour combination for 2021, featuring Marie Daage’s Jardins de Shalimar place settings.

Photo: Bonadea

Gayle Warwick napkins

If you have crockery, napkins or serveware you’d like to make a feature out of, take note from this fresh, simple place setting. Delicate evergreen hues of peony pink and mossy green pick out the colours in the design of linen Victoria napkins by Gayle Warwick, which are hand-embroidered with exquisite blooms from an 1873 Victorian flower album.

Gayle Warwick Victoria napkins, £120, gaylewarwick.com

Summerill & Bishop pink hydrangeas

Forget millennial pink. SS21 is all about bold and beautiful raspberry and rosehip shades – like Summerill & Bishop‘s Pink Hydrangeas linen, inspired by Notting Hill’s lush communal gardens.

 

Molly Simmonds Amelia Duncan tablescaping

Event styling duo, Milly Simmonds and Amelia Duncan of Olive & Co, brought this pattern-saturated table to life by layering hand painted crockery, wild spring flowers and table linen from Yolke and glass candlesticks from Issy Granger.

Photo: @byolive_co

Not Another Bill

Simple and rustic this pretty tablescape is a more modern update on farm table chic. We love the touch of gingham, and speckled ‘Splatter’ crockery from Not Another Bill.

Photo: Not Another Bill

Penny Morrison blue and yellow table

With joyful patterns and a sunny blue and yellow colour scheme we could happily sit at this Penny Morrison-bedecked table all day.

 

Lisa Corti pink tablescape

Spring tablescaping gets a Morroccan twist in this fabulous setting, styled by textiles emporium Lisa Corti. Get the look yourself by layering patterned ceramics over a statement, maximalist tablecloth.

Maison Margaux Ibiza tablescape

We love the coastal touches of shells and ropes of crochet in this Ibiza-inspired tablescape.

Photo: Maison Margaux

Summerill and Bishop

Summerill & Bishop‘s Dr Seuss-worthy stripe collection has introduced us to the latest interiors trend we can’t stop thinking about – all over pattern matching.

 

Penny Morrison pink tablescape

Take note: a big tablescaping trend for SS21 is sticking to one colour throughout, like this pretty pink theme.

Photo: Penny Morrison 

Maison Margaux tablescape

Maison Margaux demonstrates how to stop your tablescape looking too polished or overdone by incorporating a little wicker, rattan or straw.

Kate Guiness spring table

Interior designer Kate Guinness achieves a simple but beautiful tablescape with multicolour glassware and fresh blooms on a fresh white tablecloth.

Bonadea tablescape

Who needs an Easter Sunday roast at the Ritz when – with some inspiration from Bonadea – you can lay out a tabletop as pretty as this on in your own dining room (or garden?)

Maison Margaux Portofino tablescape

Lemon yellows, turquoise-water blues and zesty oranges find their way into this Portofino-inspired tablescape – perfect for a sun-drenched afternoon in the garden.

Photo: Maison Margaux

Karen Koramshai’s Top 5 Tablescaping Tips

karen Koramshai tablescaping

Tablescaping by Olive & Co for Karen Koramshai. Photo: © Jenni Helin

Healthy chef, model and holistic living guru, Karen Koramshai, gives her top summer tablescaping tips to beautify your table for al fresco season.

1. Be inspired by location

Where would your ideal holiday dining experience be right now? Perhaps in the South of France enjoying fresh seafood, or in the hills of Italy indulging in rich pasta dishes? Wherever your ideal location, this can inform your menu and styling inspiration for a holiday-from-home dining experience.

2. The colours of summer

Bright colours inject an essence of summer into your tablescape. Warm yellows and fresh greens evoke joy and happiness, and pair perfectly with fresh produce and cream cakes. Burnt rustic orange and warm tones of wood are perfect for charcuterie boards and a relaxed and laidback feel.

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Karen Koramshai tablescaping

Tablescaping by Olive & Co for Karen Koramshai. Photo: © Jenni Helin

3. Recreate the experience

Dining on holiday is a much-loved experience for many reasons. Relaxation, indulgence, socialising, and a little extravagance. It’s the little things that make it feel special – light candles, play your favourite dinner playlist, and design a curated menu to match the dining scheme.

4. Surround yourself with happiness

Bring the holiday feeling home by inviting over your favourite people to dine with. Make it an event regardless of the occasion. Ask your guests to dress up in their favourite summer styles and create some summer cocktails pr mocktails together using seasonal fruits like berries, cucumber, elderflower and rhubarb.

5. Feel the breeze

Part of the joy involved in holiday dining is soaking in the warm summer breeze and dining in the evening air. Evenings in the UK may not be quite as clement, but dining outdoors is good for the soul. Add warmth with light linen blankets, light candles in glass lanterns and create a fire pit and toast to everything you have to look forward to.

Tablescaping by Olive & Co. Instagram: @byolive_co; @karenkoramshai

Find out more at karenkoramshai.com; olive-and-co.com

Main Photo: Mimosa Tablecloth, £295, Summerill & Bishop, summerillandbishop.com

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