The story of our little home, orchard, and us.
I am a designer by passion, not by education. I've never taken any classes, or have a degree. I just have such a passion for home décor and interior design, it kind of found me. Along the road of designing for myself and clients I've obtained my own style, likes, dislikes and tips. Using the photo above as our example, here are three additional tips on styling a place setting. (The first one is on our Instagram account).
1. Layers - when styling anything, one should create layers. Whether it is a simple setting with just a few layers or more complex with 5+ layers, there should always be layers. In the photo example you can see there roughly 5-6 layers with the breadboard, plates, leaves, bowl, and apples. Layers create depth and make it more appealing. You can use anything to create layers, like a placemat, napkins under the plates, wreaths, etc. There are limitless possibilities.
2. Neutrals - another tip is to use neutrals as your staples, and add color with the extras. Again in this example I'm referring to the dishes. Using a neutral base allows you to add color any season without having to have a whole bunch of dish ware for every occasion. You don't have to use white as neutral either, you can use gray, ivory, or even a mix of neutrals. If you have a neutral base then during the spring you can change the look of your place setting by using roses and greenery. Winter with blues and bare twigs. You get the idea. Using neutral dishes also allows you to have mismatching dishes coming from different patterns also. If they are all white, or whatever color palette you use, the patterns won't matter. This also allows shopping at yard sales and thrift stores to create a collection instead of having to purchase an expensive set.
3. Textures - in addition to layers and neutrals, try to add different textures. In the photo example there is the leaves with the scalloped edges and veins, the round smoothness of the apples, to softness of the napkin, etc. Incorporating different textures creates interest. Using the same dish palette with different patterns can even add to the textures you create.
Hope these tips were helpful, and will guide you into creating a beautiful table scape for your upcoming holidays!