Setting up my Dining Table
You guys know how much I enjoy dressing up a table. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice just how much I love changing up my dining setup on the daily! Something just as small as using a new set of plates, or folding a napkin in a certain way gives me so much joy. Today, I’ll be sharing a few of my top tips for setting up a table. Creating a beautiful dining set up is really not as complicated as it seems — you’ll see!
Tip 1: Stock up Your China Cabinet
You don’t need to have a full arsenal of tableware, just the basics and a few fun accessories which you love. Here’s a little sneak peak of my cabinet. Aside from just a storage space, I view this place as a room of memories - displaying things that are connected to certain people and places. I’ll be releasing a full tour on my YouTube channel soon!
Tip 2: Stick to a Color Story
Setting a beautiful, Instagram-worthy table is really easy if you stick to a color palette. A blue and white theme is a favourite of mine because it’s timeless. I mean, blue and white Chinese porcelain? What a classic! As you see here, everything on the table - from the dishes to the candle holders - are within the color story, so together, they create a beautifully harmonious setup.
Tip 3: Experiment with Textures
Once you have everything you need for a beautiful color story, the next step is adding a little dimension through texture. Experiment with fun and interesting materials for your table. In this setup, I used white porcelain dishes, textured plate chargers, and thick, rattan placemats.
Tip 4: Mix High-End and Low-End Items
As the expert decorator Mr. Badang Rueda said, it’s okay to blend pricey and non-pricey items together. As long as everything fits the theme, your dining setup will look beautiful! In this setup, you’ll see items that are from brands that are a little pricey (but super worth it), and items that are from local makers who I spot in bazaars.
And that’s it! There are plenty of other tricks to table setting, but having these basic tips is a good place to start. The overall rule I tell myself to follow is just to have fun with it. Dining is an experience that was meant to create happy bonding moments with the people you love - so don’t take it too seriously! :)