Ideas and how-to’s for year-round, everyday dining table decor. When not in use, here are 7 beautiful styling methods for what to put on your table that will complement the rest of your home’s decor!

Styling a dining table is one thing if you’re hosting a get together, but decorating the table for everyday use is often much more challenging. One big centerpiece?  A row of items down the center?  Runner or no runner?  Color or neutral? 

The goal is to create a beautiful look that works well with the rest of your home without being too overpowering.

When hosting a party, you can create a tablescape according to theme, color, season, etc., all of which allow you to decorate the table in any style you choose, regardless of whether it goes with the other decor in your home. 

When it comes to decorating the dining table for everyday use, though, the decor you use should go with the rest of your home in order to create a cohesive look.  So, what you display on your table year-round really depends on your style. Here are some of my favorite options for dining table decor that will give you a decorated look appropriate for everyday use.

The Single Centerpiece

One big statement item in the middle of a table can be quite beautiful!

If the item is particularly tall, though, you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t visually, or physically, compete with your lighting.  You can read my guide to Chandelier Height in a Dining Room to ensure you get it right.

A room with two lights, such as below, is a great opportunity to add some height to the center of the table.

{via HGTV}
{via HGTV}

Something Symmetrical

In lieu of one large centerpiece, you can also create two that are equidistant from the chandelier, assuming your table length allows, of course. Options include flower arrangements, hurricane vases, candlesticks, and more.

{via Qaaks}
{via Qaaks}

Centerpiece & Symmetrical

The two approaches above can also be combined with one larger centerpiece flanked by two accompanying objects!

Tidbits&Twine Dining Room Table Centerpiece Tutorial

An Everyday Tray

If you don’t have a single centerpiece that is large enough to make a statement, you can always create the illusion of a large item by grouping items together in a tray. A large antique bread board will also work!

{via StoneGable}
{via StoneGable}

Long & Linear

You can use one long item, or a series of smaller items, that run the length of the table to create a beautiful display.  The items are generally smaller in scale than what would be used with a single centerpiece or even a symmetrical display so that they do not overpower the table itself.

{via Faded Charm}
{via Faded Charm}

Rectangular dough bowls are great options for a long, linear look!

dining table centerpiece with dough bowl full of white hydrangea and succulents
Via @thestokerhouse

The Eclectic Look

Christen’s dining room from Blue Egg Brown Nest is one of my favorites.  In the photo below you can see that she’s using a variety of neutrals in a single row down her table.  She’s included a runner underneath in order to ensure that the items show up against her table top.  Her centerpiece is not the tallest point so that it doesn’t interfere with the chandelier, but you’ll notice that she’s added tall topiaries on either side in order to create some height variety {which you’ll notice matches the eclectic styling of her buffet and wall as well}.


A Pop of Color

Dining table decor also provides a great opportunity to add a pop of color to the room!  You can use your accent color to create an eye-catching display.

So tell me…..what’s currently on your dining table??

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  1. LINDA Lane says:

    Kim..great blog today, loved ALL! of your pics. I have a round table, using the vintage grain sack that I purchased from you, an old wooden wine box with a maiden hair fern on top, with vintage floral frogs in a white (Elsie Green) enamel tray, rounding it out with a pottery bowl candle.

    1. Hi Linda! That sounds beautiful! What’s your trick for keeping a maiden hair fern alive? I keep buying and killing them but I think they are so beautiful!!!

    1. A white French pitcher with white roses, my so brought me, for my birthday♥️
      By the way, I love everything TidbitsandTwine!♥️

  2. HEllo!

    I was wondering where I could purchase the steal mesh arm chairs in the photo above in the Liz Marie blog?

  3. These are some really great ideas you have shared here! I do struggle with table decor! Besides the fact that I have a stack of bills sitting on the table, I have a small white lace runner with a touch of red in it and a dozen red roses that I received today for Administrative Professional Day! Have a great rest of our week! Blessings, Cindy

  4. Kim,
    I currently have a porcelain foot bath with a large plant in it. It’s flanked by two candles with lamp shade. You’ve shared some great examples here. It gives me some ideas for change…always changing things—you understand. :-)

  5. Thanks for the great and timely advice today. I struggle with what to do on a daily basis as I truly do want it to be a part of our home decor and nice to see all the options you shared just now.

  6. Hi Kim, love love LOVE all the dining table inspiration you shared today. I struggle with an everyday look and these tips are fantastic. I especially loved the one from Liz Marie blog – I can’t find it on her page; can you share the link?? Thanks so much : ) Robbyn

  7. I love the pics you’ve picked. What really speaks to me are symmetrical decor and the pop of color. I have a round table, so we typically have a tray or a pop of color on the table. :) Thank you for sharing these great ideas!

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