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Decorative Table Centerpieces

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 15 Jul 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Table decor, is a great way to brighten up a room and to utilize your creativity. Whether you are designing your table decor with a holiday theme or simply to highlight a personal collection, it can add a great focal point to any room.

Often referred to as a tablescape, it can include a centrepiece or can be an arrangement of your favourite items. Think of it as a painting, and you are laying out the scenery in a mini landscape.

Here are a few tips for creating your tablescape:

  • Collect an array of items with interesting textures.
  • Arrange items in different heights- use a small pile of books if you need to give an object a boost.
  • Unless you intend the table to be used for nothing but our tablescape, remember to leave room for guests and other items.
  • If your tablescape is on a surface you will want to use, arrange it on a tray so you can move it when needed.

Creating a Holiday Theme

Holiday themed tablescapes are fun and easy to create and you can really go to town with them. Here are a few ideas:

Winter Wonderland
Create a snowy scene indoors using cotton wool and spray snow to build a frosty snow man, standing by a mirror lake, surrounded by winter foliage. Add small gifts and Christmas treats to enhance the holiday feel.

Ghoulish Fun
Halloween is a fun holiday and a great time to create an autumn tablescape. Carve out that pumpkin and light it up with a cinnamon scented candle. Keep with the colour theme and add some autumn fruits and golden shrubbery to give the room a warm glow.

A Nature Centerpiece for Your Table
A nature tablescape can be added to and changed throughout the year, and it's great fun if you have kids because they can learn as the find new treasures for the table. You can start out with simple things from your garden, like a feather, an interesting rock, pine cones, add a potted plant to give the display some height, or a flower arrangement. If you visit the beach, shells and driftwood make excellent additions.

Creating a Personal Theme
You may have a collection of items that you have been gathering over time that you want to incorporate into your tablescape. An old friend designed a great tablescape from her collection of theatre memorabilia. Previously her collection had been tucked away in a box, but she decided to pull it out and put it on display.

She had some of her old tickets laminated and framed an autographed photo of two of her favourite actors. Within the arrangement she added a couple of vintage programmes, a pair of satin gloves, and a pair of opera glasses. On an old, ladder back chair standing next to the table, she hooked a straw boater and a walking cane. The tablescape drew a lot of attention and led to many interesting conversations. Other personal themes can include ornaments, photographs, books, pressed flowers, candles and even fruit.

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