15 Dining Table Decorating Ideas From Top Interior Designers

The majority of the inspiration you’ll find when researching dining table decorating ideas revolves around holidays or gatherings. And while we love a stylish table ready for guests, we wonder what happens to that gorgeous table when it’s not in use. To help us gather ideas for a more static setup, we interviewed a stable of top designers.

Ahead, get expert style advice from Nicolle Sullivan, founder and CEO of the Sydney-based homewares brand, FARMER; Catherine Carter, a Los Angeles-based interior designer known for her work with Lauren Conrad and Marianna Hewitt; Grace Brackman, associate designer at Design by Maggie Griffin; Los Angeles’ Jenn Feldman Drawings by Jenn Feldman; Erin Hiemstra, Founder and Creative Director of Apartment 34; and Andi Morse of Atlanta, Georgia Morse design.

Don’t leave one of the hardest-working rooms in your home bare. Ahead, our experts share 15 dining table decorating ideas to help it reach its most stylish potential.

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Evergreen X Factors

Floral arrangements are a go-to when it comes to styling tablescapes, but you don’t need fresh flowers to make a statement, especially when you’re looking for something that will last well beyond a dinner party. .

Redesign the product section

“Instead of flowers, you can style with produce – fresh herbs and fruits, like rosemary, marjoram, basil and lemons.” -Nicole Sullivan

Master the mix

“If your table is long and rectangular, I like a series of objects that run down the center of the table, like a mix of vases, ceramics or candle holders.” —Erin Hiemstra

follow the odds rule

“Creating a tablescape from odd objects allows the eye to read it as a unit and fill the space. It gives the table a finished look and adds a layer of interest to the home. , when you’re ready to use the table, it’s an easy transition to setting and serving.—Jenn Feldman

invite your green thumb to the table

“You can use a houseplant in the center if you don’t like replacing flowers once a week.” —Katherine Carter

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Botanical inspiration

Flowers for the dining tables? It’s not seem revolutionary. But with a high-end designer touch, a small bouquet can seem practically avant-garde.

Give your flowers a new appeal

“I always offer my clients the most classic and easiest approach, which is to say fresh flowers! For a client in Beverly Hills, we went with flowers in a tray. —Katherine Carter

follow the lines

“Track down a nice container. Follow the shape of your table… for example, with a rectangular table, a rectangular container works best! Then fill it with your favorite floral. I like an orchid or a hairy fern! — Grace Brackman

Rethinking the role of flowers

“For Lauren Conrad, we left out the cutlery and added flowers as the cutlery for added texture and depth.” —Katherine Carter

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Clever alternatives

Coffee tables and bookshelves aren’t the only places to find chic items and collectibles. With these dining table decorating ideas, they’ll be on full display.

sprinkle with unique additions

“To keep things both elegant and casual, I prefer handmade ceramics that show they were made with love.” -Nicole Sullivan

go for eye-catching art

“Another option is to center an amazing piece of art. This will not only be eye-catching when your table is not in use, but also a conversation opener. For a client at Mount Olympus, we used a porcelain bust for centerpiece.” — Katherine Carter

top things off with Cool Cutlery

“More organically shaped, comfortable-to-hold cutlery is a thoughtful touch.” -Nicole Sullivan

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Naturally inclined

When no theme determines the mood of your table, you have the option of adopting an earthier, more natural look that really suits your style. For Sullivan, flax—a specialty GROW— is the textile of choice.

Ready to run

“A linen table runner can be a great, lighter alternative to a tablecloth.” -Nicole Sullivan

Mute but significant

“I like to decorate my table with soothing, natural tones – soft pastel blues, pinks and greens to echo Cultivar’s soft linen colors: Dusk, Sage, Natural and Smoke Grey.” -Nicole Sullivan

Ditch the Matchy Matchy

“Personally, I like to mismatch the colors of our very soft linen napkins with our linen tablecloths and table runners. For example, the warm tones of the Fawn and great Smoked Gray complement each other perfectly. » -Nicole Sullivan

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Dining table decoration ideas for round tables

Circular tables present their own unique design challenges, but cornerless canvases still have a lot of potential.


“I love using a large bowl on a round table filled with moss, fresh vegetables and fruit, or an arrangement of orchids.” — Andi Morse

side pieces

“For rectangular or oval tables, a bowl or tray flanked by tall candlesticks or hurricane lamps provides a great look and enhances the style of the room.” — Andi Morse

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