Dining Room Accessories

Entertain with elegance

If your dining room is a place for entertainment, you'll know that it's the little details that really complete your dining room decorating project. The furniture you've chosen for your space will undoubtedly set the theme and tone for your room, but you can really set the style with accessories.

What's on the Table?

The perfect table decor will start with your dining table settings, including both dishes and flatware. Whether it's elegant sterling silver flatware with fine china or more basic stainless steel flatware and your everyday dishes, you can give the best presentation by matching your other table decorations to these staple pieces.

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You can start by choosing a table topper, such as a tablecloth or placemats for each setting. While traditional linens are still an excellent choice and are available in styles to suit any dining room decor, many hosts and hostesses opt for the texture of bamboo placemats to add dimension to their tables.

Table centerpieces are another decor feature that can give your dinner parties an extra boost of style. These table accessories can be matched to any design idea you might have, but there are some classic themes and pieces as well as some modern choices that will work with your theme. A traditional table centerpiece often incorporates a candle or candlesticks, with floral and greenery details added in, while contemporary styles often use non-traditional materials, such as glass beads, mirrors and bowls of water with floating candles for a more ethereal effect.

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Table Linens

There's more to table linens than simply tablecloths or placemats. When it comes to the greater design picture, you can opt out of a full table cover (without going as casual as placemats) by instead choosing a simple yet dramatic runner to line the center of the table. Table skirting also creates an elegant effect without the bulk of a full tablecloth. Even your napkins should be considered. Although paper napkins will do the job, cloth napkins really bump up the style factor, with silk or linen napkins being the height of elegance.

Whatever linens you choose for your table, be sure to think about table protection – namely, a table pad. Table pads go under your tablecloth and act as an extra barrier to protect your table from spills, stains, scratches and heat from serving dishes or plates. You can also have table pads made to go under placemats if you're dining less formally.

Decorating Beyond the Table

While the table is a focal point and the best place to start your dining room design, once you complete that look you can move on to the rest of the room. Other pieces you may want to consider are practical as well as stylish, such as a furniture piece to provide extra serving room. Sideboards or dining room serving carts allow you to keep serving dishes nearby without cluttering up the table.

Once you have the fundamentals down, the rest of the design is up to you – but remember, it's the small details that make for an exquisite dining experience. From place card holders to a vase of fresh flowers to an elegant chandelier, the extra attention you put into your event will leave your guests in awe.