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A Beautiful Fall French Tablescape: The Softer Side of Autumn

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Summer has come to an end and I’m finally ready to embrace Fall. It’s time for cooler weather, falling leaves, cozy scents, and pumpkin…well everything! When it comes to Fall home decor, I tend to leave the scarecrows and orange at the store. Instead, I opt for non-traditional Fall colors, natural elements like pine cones, acorns and Baby Boo pumpkins, and gold accents. Today, I’m sharing an idea for a gorgeous Fall French dining tablescape.

The Color Scheme

This year, I started with the idea that I wanted to use shades of purples and pinks with touches of gold. That color scheme is reminiscent of a beautiful Fall sunset, don’t you think? Ordinarily, I don’t use a lot of purple in my home, but I think there’s a lot of freedom of color when it comes to creating a tablescape.

Tip: The colors used for a tablescape don’t necessarily have to coordinate with other colors in the home. BUT, the overall feel should reflect that of the home’s decor.

This is I why when looking at Fall decor, I tend to choose non-tradtional colors and other elements that still give me a French feel.

The Place Settings

This year, I came across these beautiful burgundy-colored salad plates from Frontgate that were on clearance, so I snatched them up and used them as my starting point {I often refer to the starting point as the Signature Piece when designing. You can read more about that HERE}.

close up of fall table setting in burgandy with red pear on the plate and purple floral centerpiece

I love that these plates have a modern take on a traditional floral design and I’ll carry this juxtaposition of new and old throughout the tablescape.

fall table with gold and burgandy and large jardinere with flowers

For the place settings, I used inexpensive gold chargers that I’ve had for years as the base. I then used my everyday white dinner plate from Target and topped it with my new salad plate for a pop of color along with a coordinating napkin. At the last minute, I decided it looked a little bare, so I added red pears from the grocery store. Fruit is a great option when looking for Fall decor!

top down shot of fall place setting with burgundy plate and gold charge with pear on top

My flatware is matte gold and a bit on the contemporary side. I love the juxtaposition it creates with the other more traditional and antique items on the table.

gold and purple fall french place setting with large flower centerpiece

My glassware is a very simple gold-rimmed wine glass that ties in with the other gold elements used on the table.

gold rimmed wine glass for purple and pink fall table setting

A Perfect French Floral Centerpiece

Okay, enough about the place settings. Let’s talk about the flowers!! I’ve always wanted and arrangement from Kathy at The Flower Theory, a nearby florist who creates the most gorgeous, organic-styled arrangements. {You can follow her on Instagram HERE for amazing inspiration. She’s a true artist.}

I finally treated myself and hired her to create a centerpiece for my table to create a gorgeous, colorful focal point. I was NOT disappointed!

oversized french flower centerpiece on fall table with candles and pumpkins

Let’s be honest, the other elements on the table are pretty, but really, this table is all about the flowers.

closeup of pink dahlias and yellow roses in blue antique french jardinere

Kathy used the most eclectic mix of flowers to create this gorgeous arrangement. If you look closely, you’ll see Dahlias, Hellebore, Straw Flowers, Snap Dragons, Garden Roses, Hydrangea, Persimmons, Orchids, and lots more!

eclectic mix of french flowers for fall with white baby boo pumpkins on table centerpiece

The flowers are arranged in a jardiniere that I picked up for a steal on Facebook Marketplace. You just never know what you might find if you browse Marketplace! It was originally silver, so I painted it with about 5 different colors of chalk paint and dabbed on three colors of wax to give it more an an antique French look.

closeup of pink dahlias and yellow roses in blue antique french jardinere

Fall French Decor

I don’t often use a tablecloth so instead I just softened the look of my rustic tabletop with a ruffled white table runner.

french tablescape idea with blue velvet  and white pumpkins and large flower centerpiece

A few blue-gray velvet pumpkins topped with gold stems add some Fall flair with a French style. I also added a few candles held in matte gold candlesticks. I love the way the wax dripped down as I photographed this room!

blue velvet pumpkin with gold stem with white candles in gold candlesticks and fall flowers

Cross-Back Chairs with Flounce

Let’s not forget the chairs! These side chairs are actually my new kitchen table chairs, but I brought them into the dining room for this tablescape. I have a love affair with cross-back chairs, partly because of the way the backs can be decorated.

fall french dining room with white chairs and oversized colorful flowers and pumpkins on the table

Someone was selling these ruffle chair decorations for $1.50 on Facebook Marketplace so I grabbed six for future use! Little did I know that the following week, I’d be using them for my Fall tablescape.

white ruffle chair sashes on crossback chairs in fall french dining room

Shop the Look!

To recreate this look in your own home, here’s a list of the products I used. If I couldn’t find the exact item, I linked to something similar. Just click on a photo below to go directly to the retailer.

(Affiliate links included for your shopping convenience. Click here for my full Disclosure Policy.)

I hope you enjoyed my fall tablescape idea with a French flair! And for more ideas on gorgeous floral arrangements, check out The Flower Theory on Instagram.

fall french dining table idea with purple pink and gold place setting

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