Summer is the perfect time for entertaining with family and friends and setting a beautiful table goes a long way to creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The table is where everyone gathers to eat at mealtimes, laugh, share and talk together – often the fondest memories are made around the table.
When it comes to table styling, attention to detail can make all the difference, allowing your style to run wild in an effortless and decorative way.
Choose table linens, dinnerware, cutlery, vases, flowers, candles, and glassware that will create the inviting atmosphere you want to achieve through colour, texture and functionality.
Laura Gaffney and Ciara Doyle, sisters and founders of Irish online interior destination Lil & Co Home, have put together their top tips for creating timeless table styling: their approach is to make the setting look effortless with no strict rules!
- Start with a tablecloth or table runner to lay the foundation of your tablescape. During the summer we love to use our Watercolour Print Tablecloth (€109) with its subtle colours but you also can’t go wrong with a crisp White Tablecloth (€100) that can be used all year round.
- Create a centrepiece by adding flowers in a nice vase, if your table is big enough you can sprinkle smaller vases with flowers across the table to create a more interesting look.
- Add height and depth with candles and pretty glassware. Candles are always a must for us at a dinner table. They help to add different heights to the table but also, when lit they help set the mood and bring a warm inviting atmosphere through the soft lighting.
- Add in layers, texture and colour with placemats and linen napkins to complete the look.
- Mix and match your serveware, adding interesting pieces in varying colours and materials.
- Be prepared – the more you plan, the more you’ll be able to enjoy the time with your guests!
Lil & Co Home has everything you need to create the perfect effortless tablescape from:
- Table cloths and runners: Watercolour Print Tablecloth (€109), Watercolour Runner (€34.50), Mosaic Runner (€34.50) and White Tablecloth (€100).
- Napkins: Watercolour (€20), Misty Rose (€18), Blue Washed (€18).
- Vases for flowers: Pharmacy Vase (€5.40) and Juno Vase Small (€36)
- Candles Siva Candlestick Short (€10) and Mino Candle Stand (€13).
- Glassware Diamond Glassware, Grey, set of 6 (€72).
- Serving boards, bowls & dishes: Craft Tray Large (€28), Cutting Board Large (€30), Tapas Tray (€19), Bordallo Bowl Large (€36), Bordallo Bowl XS (€12), Cake Stand (€34.80).
- Placemats: Circle Placemat Nature (€28), Circle Placemat Grey/Blue (€28), Light Grey Pom Pom Trim Placemat (€25), White Pom Pom Trim Placemat (€25), Charcoal Pom Pom Trim Placemat (€25) and more that can be incorporated to work with your style to create a warm and inviting table setting.
Visit www.lilandcohome.com for more information and a broader selection of products available.