Text by Katie Ellis
As the long summer months lazily draw to a close, take comfort in the cozy charms of autumn’s gentle warmth. A new energy buzzes in the air, calling for a change of pace and scenery. Bring your dining table outside to create a memorable experience for family and friends amongst a bed of freshly fallen leaves.
While the seasons are in transition, opt for a subtle nod to late autumn’s more lively hues with a table dappled in a palette of soft peach and orange-colored hues. And if you’re not quite ready for a pumpkin presence, skip the gourds in favor of a fruitful harvest or floral arrangement. Whether your dining space is set for a crowd or an intimate gathering, these fresh style ideas are sure to welcome your guests and the season in style as you prepare a table teeming with cottage charm.
Not every autumn tablescape calls for a colorful collection of pumpkins and gourds. Instead, try a fruit-filled centerpiece like a basket of apples or a bouquet of freshly clipped garden roses in an interesting rustic vessel. Set the mood with a palette of burnt orange, blush, and peach hues for an unexpected approach to the more traditional reds, oranges, and yellows of the harvest season.
With a tablescape layered thick with rich textures and interesting design elements, you may need to prepare an additional buffet or bar cart to act as a sideboard or serving station. Assembling a collection of your favorite glassware, trays, and serving pieces is not only a practical space-saving solution but it also anchors the setting as a stylish gathering place.
Pairing a vintage china pattern with contemporary chargers, glassware, or even flatware helps create a chic modern twist on tradition. Layering mixed metals—like gold, brass, and copper—is an easy way to add an element of warmth to any autumn table.