Winter is a time of simplistic beauty. The color palette is simplified, and beauty comes in unexpected shapes and textures. When decorating, you may be tempted to avoid winter themes because nature turns brown and blah.
Lively Tablescapes in Winter are Easy with Attention to a Few Simple Details
1. Use natural elements. Dried branches, pine cones, and berries add creativity to your tablescapes, showing off an appreciation for nature while at the same time dressing it up! Dried branches may be brown and blah, but you can vary the look in several different ways.
- Leave them as they are and add a pop of red to mix up the neutral color palette. Include a black chalkboard sign with a season’s greeting. Add a few red poinsettias to an arrangement of dried branches of differing heights and shapes. Go rustic by arranging your branches and pine cones in a metal bucket with a velvet red or wine colored ribbon tied to the handle, or go elegant by arranging your branches in a tall glass vase with shiny red ball ornaments in the bottom.
- Spray paint the branches and pinecones white. Give them the look of being covered in freshly fallen snow.
2. Highlight Glass. Ice may be freezing cold (literally), but it can also be beautiful when light twinkles through it. Use glass vases and receptacles of all shapes and sizes and let the light shine through. You may find some interestingly shaped vases (square, oblong) or with interesting textures. Anything can be used to create a beautiful tablescape. Consider using a battery operated string of lights added to your table or at the bottom of a clear glass vase.
3. Keep it simple yet a bit colorful with candlelight. You may think a tablescape is just too complicated, but you can create a gorgeous centerpiece with candlelight alone. Choose pedestal style candle holders of varying heights. Clear glass will highlight the icy cold feel of the season. Add red or wine colored candles and some pinecones around the bottom, and you will have a quick and straightforward tablescape fix!
4. Play with flowers and fabrics. Place a piece of burlap down the table as a table runner, and add green branches with colorful flowers if you want to avoid the cliche winter style. Remember, flowers are not reserved only for springtime.
Winter table decor doesn’t have to be complicated. Using natural elements and easy to work with materials can pull together a beautiful centerpiece with little effort.