5 tips for table design
I adore table design, whether it’s a tablescape with a bevy of blooms or one that is whimsical and uses colorful china; it’s one of my favorite design elements of any celebration. Today, Laura of Love June shares her ideas on how to create a well-styled table design that is perfect for those that adore minimalist design and seek beautiful ideas to adore. Laura’s 5 tips will have you eager to host celebrations where your table design enhances your event.
Words by Love June
“Minimalist design is, for me, not only the art of paring back and a celebration of simplicity. It’s also functional at its core: any element that doesn’t have a clear purpose within the setting needs to be stripped away. Items for styling are chosen perfect as they are – shape, material and texture are all highlighted in minimalism. Each element should stand alone as impactfully as it does as part of the whole design.”
“For our simple factory setup, my central design themes were textural contrast and beauty in ruin. Irregularly shaped plates with subtle crackled surfaces echoed the crumbling surroundings, minimalist paper products featured subtle metalware as another nod to the setting. The flowers were a contrast of romantic, smooth roses with wild vines and dying autumnal branches, arranged in smooth ceramic. Glasses and cutlery were slender and effortless, bringing in lightness to balance out the heavier elements. Each simple element communicates a meaning within the design, tied in with the practical function of a dining table.
As with any styling, a minimalist table setting especially needs to tell a story and to have meaning. I look for every item used to have two senses of purpose: the first a functional and the second a symbolical one.”
“Functional purpose is about what the objects are used for. For this minimalist creative session, for example, we had a selection of very simple things: a single plate to dine from, a glass to drink from, utensils, napkin, a tablecloth to cover an unsightly table. Simple tea lights for light, a floral element to decorate. No add-ons or fancy tricks, just everything stripped down to the basics.”
5 tips for minimalist table design
1_ Kill your darlings
Would an object make for a beautiful photograph on its own? Does it represent your design story? Is it linked to other objects in the table setting? Would your design miss it if it was gone? If the answer to any of these is no, scrap it.
2_ Curate with care
What kind of story do your styling elements tell? How do their shape, texture, colour, weight, quality and other characteristics attribute to your design and communicate the why behind it? Choose well and with care, then know when to stop.
3_ Mind your surroundings
Again, true for all design but especially so in minimalism: the framing of your styling is as much a part of it as the items you curate. Your backdrop needs to provide rest for the eye and complement what you’re styling in front of it. This goes for the venue, surrounding nature or space, tabletop/linen, anything and everything visible to the eye when looking at your finished setup.
4_ Utilize negative space
When using less, what is left in between matters more. Don’t forget your negative, empty space as part of your design. Use it to create emphasis and rest, and to elevate the other elements of your table.
5_ Have confidence
Creativity takes courage and minimalism takes confidence. Less is enough and more is not better. Do it and trust it – I like to think of minimalist design as curating instead of styling.
Photography: Petra Veikkola Photography
Design, styling & florals: Love June
Paper art & Calligraphy: Willow Visuals