Welcome to the 2016 Fall Ideas Tour.
This is a series of posts where 28 bloggers come together to share new and unique ideas for home fall decor. The group was selectively gathered because each blogger has her own home, budget, and style. This way, every day offers a variety of ideas for each different theme.
This post will include all themes and bloggers as new themes go live during the week. I do hope you will check back with us for daily updates.
After a good review of Pinterest, I was sure of two things. There aren’t many fall tablescapes for small tables and certainly not for small tables that are outdoors by a fire. So as you can imagine, I jumped to snag these concepts as the focus of my fall tablescape.
Then, as I am humming along with my plan, I realize that it is mid-August in the Deep South. All of the foliage is totally green, the mums are in buds (not blooms), and there isn’t a “real” pumpkin to be found anywhere. The whole “real” pumpkin drought is so bad that a group on Facebook was asked to alert area bloggers of early “real” pumpkin sightings. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. 🙂
But the lack of all-things fall in my area doesn’t mean that we can’t get into the spirit of things. Even without “real” pumpkins, I found a few ideas that might help transition your tablescape from summer to fall with a minimum of fuss and muss. And as luck would have it, they just happen to work double-duty to make small tablescapes look bigger and function better.
5 Tips for Fabulous Fall Tablescapes:
1. Use Transition Color
Nothing says “Hello Fall” when it still feels like summer like a touch of muted orange and brown. To work these colors in without making them the focus, stems of fall-colored berries are mixed with brown branches and popped into a large glass jug.
The arrangement is then placed in the center of a side piece. This option opens up the small dining table by removing the centerpiece and creating significant vertical lift from the color and texture.
2. Think Outside the Box
Ever been wreath shopping and, after a while, they all look the same? It’s sort of a “been there, done that” experience? Well, next time, stroll through the mirrors and artwork section. Look at the offerings in this department with new eyes. That’s exactly how I found my new fall wreath.
It’s edgy, oversized, and totally unexpected.
Yep. Absolutely perfect for visually expanding the small table by pulling the eye upward.
3. Blow Out the Candles
That’s right. Blow out the candles and clear them away from the table.
The glow from the fire will expand the table horizontally and create a cozy focal point for diners.
I know I sorta lucked out because this fireplace was built almost at table height. It’s a stretch, but the height of the large opening sort of helps to lift it over the line.
4. Layer Vertically
When working with a small table, every square inch of tabletop space is prime real estate.
So if there is an option to offset the centerpiece, fire/candles, and serving dishes, please consider it. Then, in order to maximize the remaining table space, start the layering process with the tablecloth and build up.
In other words. Stack. Stack. Stack.
And as you build, be sure to include the visual space beyond the table. This means that a vertical lift for the eye should be created that is as high as possible.
5. Tie It All Together
Notice that this entire space is now part of the tablescape and not simply the table top.
To tie it all together, start with a pop of color in the tablecloth and dishes. This will anchor the tabletop as the center of attention.
To this color, add neutrals and textures to weave through the space like threads through fabric.
Mix wood, metal, fabric, glass, and stone. Pair opposites like crystal and rust, linen and lumber.
And then slow down and enjoy the evening – Because the number of lovely fall evenings is limited.
And well – Because you deserve it. 🙂
Happy Fall, Everyone!
This handy graphic makes it easy to pin these ideas for later…
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2016 Fall Ideas Tour
Monday – Mantels
Wednesday – Wreaths
Thursday – Printables
Friday – Porches