Entertaining season is upon us again, so I have put together some fall table styling inspiration in the form of a handy step-by-step guide to creating a look that suits your personal style.

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Step One: Pick a Base Color

1a: Light – White, Ivory, Camel, Natural Linen

Ivory Floor Length Pure Italian Linen Tablecloth

For anyone who entertains regularly, an ivory or white pure linen tablecloth is a classic, sophisticated, beautiful quality piece that will always be stylish and will be a key piece in your hosting repertoire. But a range of other light and neutral linen colors can work perfectly with your decor, dinnerware or to create a different atmosphere: relaxed Natural Linen, warm Camel Gold linen, soft Cloud Grey or cool Silver Grey.

1b – Dark – Charcoal, Black

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Dark tablecloths bring a totally different atmosphere.  They can bring a depth and intimacy, particularly for evening parties on short fall and winter days.  Black linen tablecloths add the ultimate drama while our rich Charcoal Grey table linens are a little softer.

1c: Patterned

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Printed table linens are a perfect way to express your personality and make a table that is unique and memorable.  For the fall holidays, anything goes.  From dramatic painterly prints to organic textural patterns, you can style a table that is the backdrop for creating unforgettable memories.

Step 2: Layer 

2a: Add Placemats

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Black on ivory; white on black; coffee on ivory, silver on slate…dressing your table is like dressing yourself.  One of our key pieces of advice for fall table styling is to layer linens to bring added texture, personality and show your curatorial prowess.  And practically speaking, you can leave the tablecloth down and switch out the placemats for multiple different, low maintenance looks!

2b – Or a Runner

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Table runners are often seen running the length of the table, but an alternate is to run them across the table like two joined up placemats – what the French call a tête-à-tête runner. Whichever way you use them, both runners and placemats are an excellent way to add contrast and interest either straight onto the table or over a tablecloth to make each meal feel special and unique.

Step 3: Choose Napkins

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No matter what your everyday dining style or however often you entertain, your napkins are likely to get the most use of all your table linens.  If you get a good quality linen napkin, they will wash and wear well for years and years and give you a range of options for casual and formal get-togethers.  Match the napkins to the other linens for a sleek, understated look or contrast to bring in other colors and textures to suit the occasion and guests.

Step 4: Add a Hemstitch or Monogramfall table styling black Italian linen tablecloth white napkin hemstitch

A hemstitch adds a classic elegance to table linens.  Add a hemstitch in a contrasting color and you bring a fresh design flair to that timeless style.  It provides another opportunity to express your personal touch in original and refined ways.  We offer a range of hemstitched linen napkins and placemats in standard colorways, and you can add a hemstitch to any table linen with a choice of 500 colors to perfectly co-ordinate with your room, dinnerware, outfit or mood.

All of the looks shown in this fall table styling guide are available to buy in Huddleson’s online table linens store or please get in touch with any questions or to inquire about ordering custom table linens (lead-time for delivery of custom linens is usually 1-2 weeks).

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