Create an Autumn Tablescape in Five Steps



Taking Instagram by storm, tablescaping is the art of dressing a table to convey a particular mood or theme. As we transition from summer to winter and spend more time indoors, autumn is the perfect time to get creative and bring seasonal touches to your dining table. Whether it’s time for lunch, brunch, or dinner, discover how to create an autumn-inspired table that’s guaranteed to impress.

1. Choose a Theme

Kim Seybert

The first step to achieving a beautifully laid table is to choose a colour palette and theme. When it comes to autumnal colours, you instantly think of earthy shades such as yellow, brown, orange, and red. Not only reflecting and symbolizing the time of the year, they also create a warm and cosy atmosphere.

2. Pick Your Backdrop

Acting as a foundation for your table, pick table linen that will complement your scheme. Whether you opt for tablecloths, placemats, napkins and runners in a neutral tone or you decide to go for a bolder look, select pieces that add texture and depth to your table.

3. Lay the Table

Once you’ve chosen and laid your linen, now it’s time to add your tableware. Plates, bowls and serving dishes that feature a decorative leaf or floral pattern will add that all-important autumnal touch. Styled with crystal glasses and gold-coloured cutlery, it will give your table a statement look.

4. Make a Statement


No table is complete without a seasonal centrepiece. For a nature-inspired look, bring the outdoors in with dried foliage and stems. Place the stems within a large, single vase or lay a bundle of them along the centre of the table to form a garland feature. For something simpler, play with height and create an illuminating display with several hurricane candle holders. If you opt for a floral arrangement, keep the stems short to enable conversation across the table.

5. Add the Finishing Touches

Now you have your table all set, it’s time to add those personal touches. From decorative pumpkins and flower-filled vases to scattered tealights and stylish lanterns, small details can make a huge impact. If you want to really impress your guests, the addition of personalized place cards and hand-written menus - and even a small gift - will take your styling to the next level.