quilted table runnerBy Sonya Weiss – Interior Design

One of the quickest and easiest ways to add color and warmth to your dining room is to keep your table festively decorated.

You’ll see magazine shoots all the time of tables that are decorated to the nines with picture perfect place settings and artfully arranged flowers in expensive vases.

Having a table that’s already set not only adds an air of hospitality but can also be art in itself depending on how you do it. But unlike the fancy magazine layouts, it doesn’t cost a lot of money to incorporate your table as a part of your decorating.

quilted table clothOne way you can have a lovely table is to use quilts to cover it rather than ordinary tablecloths. If you have any kind of sewing talent at all, then you’re probably creative enough to make your own quilts to use as tablecloths. Some of us, however, aren’t that handy with a sewing machine but yet love that down home country appeal that comes with using quilts in our décor.

Quilts for Easy Table Decorating

If you can’t sew, you can search for second hand quilts at thrift stores or yard sales or even at online auctions. The best way to decorate any table is to always choose your main object first and then build around it. So with that in mind, once you have your quilt, you can then choose your place settings depending on the colors in your quilt.

Because the blue stripes stand out the most in the quilt in the top photo shown, you would not want to choose plates in the same color. Instead, you would want to go with the green or the yellow or the red when choosing your plates. For this particular quilt, I would select plates that were in a shade of green.

Because of the many colors in the quilt, an old open mouth Mason jar filled with colorful wildflowers would be the perfect centerpiece.

Happy Decorating!

 

Sonya Weiss

About Our Interior Decorating Columnist Sonya Weiss:

From the time she was a child, Sonya spun stories to entertain herself and her siblings. Once she graduated from high school, she put her writing aside and attended college where she studied Secondary Education, majoring in English. She's represented by literary agent Nicole Resciniti. 

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