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This winter– was terrible. Even here in Dallas. I can’t remember the last time that we have been snowed in for a week (or more) at a time. With summer FINALLY here, I am craving color (and lots of it).
With so many summer holidays around the corner, the dining room table is the perfect place to start when adding a fresh pop of color to your life. I followed these 5 easy steps to create my own summer table refresh.
1. Start with a good foundation — Seasonal placemats
When I saw these at Crate and Barrel, I knew I had to have them. They’re rustic, yet modern, with the large woven fibers. The texture is perfect for summer and the style isn’t too trendy– you’ll be able to reuse these for summers to come.
Kendari Placemat – Crate and Barrel
2. Mix ‘n match — Bold dinnerware
While navy blue may not be your traditional summer hue, the stark contrast between these patterns and the bright white is just so refreshing. When going bold, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, so long as they are within the same color palette. I would say to stick to less than 3 different colors, but then again…. I hate rules.
To achieve this look, I purchased 6 dinner plates (3 different patterns, 2 of each), 6 smaller dinner plates in a solid navy, and 6 salad plates (again, 3 different patterns, 2 of each). All of which are from Crate and Barrel.
3. Create contrast — Accent with linens
Napkins and table linens are your opportunity to pack a punch– without busting your wallet. IF I were one to follow rules, I would stick again to the “rule of three.” With my dinnerware being fairly monotone, I brought in aqua napkins to create an otherwise nonexistent color contrast.
4. Experiment with glassware — Mix shapes and sizes
I’m all about versatility. If you’re going to spend a pretty penny on something, it should either be timeless or versatile enough for many types of use — and, if it’s pretty, I want to play with it (not put it on a shelf and look at it). These stemless wine glasses can be used for red OR white wine (or a giant glass of bubbly if you’re into that sort of thing). Since I went “low” on the wine glasses, I went “high” with the water glasses. Looking across the table, you want to see some dimension. Mix the shapes or sizes of your glassware to create this effect.
Jane Water Goblet – Crate and Barrel
Marquis by Waterford All-Purpose Wine Glasses – Amazon
5. Funk and fresh — Create a fresh flower centerpiece with a funky piece or two
I love flowers. They make me happy. And I swear, all the flowers I get from Trader Joe’s last over a week. Every. Single. Time.
Hydrangeas are my drug of choice. To offset their formality, I toss them into 2-3 small, funky vases. I found these white petal vases from my local HomeGoods ($12 each). But you can find similar styles elsewhere online.
Similar – Nest and Burrow
And there you have it! A fun and funky summer table refresh. What pieces do you add to your home for the summer?
Other items shown but not mentioned:
Villeroy & Boch Flatware – Amazon
Dumont Rectangular Dining Table – Restoration Hardware
Louis XVI Dining Chair – Wisteria
Blue Ikat Rug – Similar version at Overstock (originally purchased at Joss & Main)