There’s romance in styling that’s devoid of occasion. In the pure passion of layering pieces and creating beauty to be experienced every day. In refusing to wait for the perfect moment, and prioritising life’s little moments in between.
In celebration of our Romance Issue this month, we’re placing weddings to the side for a second, focussed instead on styling spaces that form part of our every day; intimate dinners at home, languid lunches with friends, or lazy Sunday breakfasts in the sun.
The key is in finding a balance between drama and simplicity, and selecting peices that enhance a particular mood. Tablescapes don’t need to be elaborate or cluttered, and they shouldn’t detract from the dining experience by overwhelming the setting or feeling meticulously planned. We’ve put together 4 tips for effortless styling you can play around with at home…
1. Height: An easy way to add drama to an otherwise completely simple table settings is to play with height. Choose one element as the focal part of your tablescape.. we love using sculptural branches of Magnolias or Cherry Blossoms arranged in clear vessels scattered down in the centre of your table.
2. Color: Choose a color palette and layer decor in slight variations of a single shade. Think dark palettes of charcoal linen, black ceramic dinner plates finished with antique silverware and candelabra. Muted tints of dusky pink linens, copper flatware and rose gold accents. Or ethereal all white shades in layered linens, perfumed candles, organic shaped ceramics, mother of pearl cutlery and fresh blooms.
3. Texture: Draw on the clashing, contrasting textures organically formed in nature. Find a surface and juxtapose it’s qualities with opposite textures. Think weathered tables draped in raw frayed edged linens, contrasted with glazed ceramics in fluid shapes.
4. Light. Create a beautifully moody ambience by completely filling the centre of your table with light. Arrange clusters ofcandles in clear glass wine bottles (pre-melt over the bottles), cascades of tarnished candelabra arranged at different heights, or gilded lanterns.
For beautiful linens, ceramics, flatware and other home decor, see a collection of boutiques and online stores we've handpicked in The LANE Brand Directory.