There is so much to think about when it comes to home accessories and decor. You’ve got to choose home accessories for your bookshelves, your coffee table, your walls and just about every other space you can think of. Fortunately, home decor doesn’t have to be so stressful! “Tablescaping” is an easy way to create a one-of-a-kind look and feel in your home decor.

What are Tablescapes?

Tablescapes is a relatively new home decor term that is often used for a more “elegant” or ornate table setting. It typically includes not only the centerpieces, but also the plates and other dishes included into the space. Side note: “elegant” does not necessarily mean ornate or overly decorated. Sometimes a simple, basic setting and table decor can be all that is needed for an elegant, classy look!

That being said, tablescapes aren’t actually just limited to the dining room table. The term can refer to a plethora of different tables such as the coffee table, night stands, side tables and other areas that aren’t technically “tables,” such as the fireplace mantel.

Create a Theme

The easiest and most effective way to create a tablescape is through the use of a theme. For example, your table decor could include a set of silver candlestick holders. You can mix the look with small potted cacti for a rustic glamorous look. Finally, complete this table decor with the table setting: plates, forks, knives, glasses and of course, a napkin and napkin ring at each setting.

Theme ideas include the usual suspects: holidays, birthdays, floral themes, animal themes, color-inspired themes and so forth.

What Items Can be Used for a Tablescape?

All good tablescapes (at least when it comes to a dining table, anyway) should incorporate your usual dinnerware. Whether that’s your every day dinnerware or your special china is entirely up to you, but pick one!

Then, it may sound surprising but for the first few tablescapes you create, you’ll need to go through trial and error. Sometime might sound like a great idea in your head, but it might not actually be that great once you get it onto the table and mix it in with your other table decor.

That being said, there are a plethora of different items that can be used in your tablescape. Options include candle holders, fresh flowers, small sculptures, jewelry, small clocks, small decorative dishes, vases and so forth. Table decor doesn’t have to be the typical centerpieces you see in magazines, it can be just about anything your heart desires.

In short, think of your tablescape as a work of art. An area to express your creativity. If you’re not sure where to start or what you could incorporate into your table decor, be sure to browse the internet, which is chock full of home decor ideas, including great tablescaping ideas. Don’t settle or admit defeat, it takes trial and error to create a great tablescape. Even the professionals need to sit and think about what items will work best and where, so don’t be intimidated if your tablescapes don’t look like the ones in the magazines.