The dining room table is an important accessory, which is designed to bring friends and family together to enjoy tasty food, good conversation, and the warmth of one another’s company. The way the table appears, will change the nature of the atmosphere in your dining room, causing subtle changes to the way people interact with one another across that table.
You have a variety of options when setting out to decorate a dining room table. The most obvious piece of décor that you can use is a table cloth. A simple piece of cloth stretched out over the surface of the piece, it is designed theoretically to protect your table surface from stains and scratches. However it also serves another purpose, allowing you to change the nature of the ambiance of the table completely. You can choose a cloth that has attractive floral designs, prints, patterns, or just solid colors.
It’s important to remember that the colors of the cloth will have a huge impact on the atmosphere of the dining room. Red tones tend to make people hungry, but also more volatile. Blue suppresses hunger. Black can cast a shadow over the proceedings, while earth tones are perceived as being warm and inviting.
Once the table cloth has been chosen, its time to decorate. One important thing to remember is that you don’t want to over crowd your table. It is ideally a functional piece, where people need to eat. However you can place a few strategic decorations in the center of the table, to help improve the interest and beauty of the setting.
Candles are one popular item to leave in the center of a table. When matched with decorative candle holders they can be quite stylish, and can add to the ambiance by lending illumination to the space.
Some centerpieces will include nature themes such as thatch or straw decorative statues. Others will include floral arrangements, with beautiful vases holding a wealth of delightful floral accessories.
The silver ware and the napkins you choose will also affect the ambiance of the space, as will the dishes you choose to serve the food on. For greatest flexibility, choose functional accessories which will match a large number of colors and tones, in order to ensure that you can switch out table cloths at a later date.
The appearance of your dining room table will affect the way everyone perceives the situation. By working to ensure that it is attractive and functional, you will be helping to make those special occasions that you share, even more special.
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