I Don’t Always Get It Right The First Time


Anyone else obsessed with this colour combination? I find it calm and relaxing while still looking elegant.


In my opinion the key to setting a pretty table is to add several layers and textures. Even though there isn’t much colour here, it certainly isn’t boring.

How It Started

I seldom get a table setting the way I like in the first try! I have to admit I’m a bit obsessed with table settings. 🙂

This is how I started out and I realized I didn’t like it at all. Let me explain why.


I didn’t like how the dark table created too much of a harsh contrast. I was hoping for a soft colour palette.

The blue runner velvet runner was throwing me off (even though I love that runner). I also didn’t like the teal vase even though I love the vase.

Good Lesson

Just because you like individual elements, doesn’t mean that they go well together.

As soon as I put the ivory table cloth and soft gray linen runner down, everything completely changed. The rattan placements also looked softer since there wasn’t as much of a contrast.


Since I really liked the shape of the glass vase and I have 4 of them, I decided to spray paint it with gray chalk paint. I loved how you actually see more details of the glass and it had a matt finish to it. Obviously I won’t put water inside since I also spray painted inside so you didn’t see the colour from the top. It’s perfectly fine for dried flowers or dried wheat etc. As I said, I had multiple vases like this and they were under $10 each.


I didn’t like the white charger plates so I painted some old ones that I no longer used with hammered metal spray paint. They will be used a lot more in this gray colour.

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Finishing Touches

  • Notice how the napkin rings tie in with the gold rim around the white plates and the brass candle holders.
  • Even the candle holders mimic the rattan placemats.
  • The wine glasses had a gold tint to them for a soft warm look.
  • The gold metallic maple leaves on the table added just enough sparkle and seasonal flair.

What Makes This Table Setting Work?

  • Consistently used the same colour palette. Soft gray, cream, wheat and white and gold.
  • The appropriate dishes were used for the meal so it was functional.
  • The colours also complement the artwork and the decor on the buffet for a cohesive flow.
  • Soft candles always add mood to any table setting.
I would love to get your feedback on my table settings. If you are having trouble with your own table, down load photos in the ASK HEATHER tab and I would love to assist you.
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Heather Maduk

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