By Marcia Blake
Summer is undoubtably one of the best entertaining seasons spent in your outdoor room. One of the easiest ways to wow your guests and truly make an impactful style statement is through your tabletop design. Here are some great ways to bring about your style through fresh table decor.
A simple way to impress your guests and draw inspiration from your surroundings is to incorporate natural elements into your table design. Think organic color palettes and textures. Earthy tones of green and brown are a perfect way to capture the spirit of the season. Try incorporating moss balls, succulents or even stones into place settings, wood cuts under the dish ware or serving as coasters offer an incredible and fun way to bring about nature in a raw manner. When it comes to table centerpieces, think beyond simple, cut flowers. Using potted plants, herbs and flowers can not only last longer, but be used as possible party favors, or planted in your garden afterwards. They also make quite an impression aesthetically. When it comes to entertaining, special touches are key. Think about what it is you might be celebrating, be it an event or the time of year, and incorporate facets of the celebration into the decor. The organically inspired aesthetic can transcend into your overall design style as well, through earthy tones, raw materials and organic textures.
For a more contemporary and bold look, bright colors and daring patterns are essential. Pantone 2012 Color of The Year, Tangerine Tango, has proven to be extremely energetic and vivacious, adding spice and flair to any room it is used in. Popular patterns include chevrons, stripes, herringbone, geometric shapes, the greek key, and deconstructed shapes and flowers. Find your favorite and stick to it! For the table tops, place 2 bright table runners running the width of the table at equal distances to create a different aesthetic than your traditional. Also bright, the napkins and other linens on the table should be in a hue and pattern that compliment the runner. Have some fun with the centerpieces and place settings. Try items such as fruit or vegetables; lemons, limes and oranges are perfect for this. Include clear glass vases with single stems of your favorite bold flower, like poppies or gerber daisies. Let the color and patterns speak for themselves. That being said, a white or understated solid is typically best for dishware. Compliment the colors in your outdoor room and tabletop with colorful flowers, such as hibiscus or bougainvillea, within your landscaping and garden. The combination of striking patterns and spirited colors go far in making an unforgettable impression.
Don’t forget to incorporate your table decor into the rest of your outdoor space. Transcending the bold patterns or natural aesthetics into your kitchen area or lounge space is easy. Sunbrella fabrics provide an endless array of colors and designs to be incorporated into your throw pillows, linens, tugs, blankets, and draperies to provide finishing touches and comfort. It is even possible to incorporate your design style into your Solair awning to create a truly comprehensive design aesthetic, while providing needed shade and improved well-being to your guests. Whether your style falls under the more organic traditional or the bold contemporary, entertaining within your outdoor room is all about finding your style and letting it shine. Have fun utilizing the different styles and inspirations to find the entertaining style that suits your needs.