A Citrus-Inspired Spring Tablescape

Set up a casual spring tablescape that draws on the season's citrus tones of warm oranges, tangy yellows and lime green.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Sophisticated Citrus

This casual dining space is given a welcoming touch for guests by layering warm oranges, tangy yellows and small blue accents for a cool balance.

Layered Table Runners

Table runners usually have the most impact when placed on rectangular tables. If you're setting up your springtime spread on a round table, you may want to consider layering runners for more wow factor. First, steam or iron the runners to ensure they sit flat. Then, crisscross the runners over each other, and let them hang approximately six inches below the edge of the table.

Unique Arrangements

Floral offers the perfect chance to work citrus hues into your tablescape in a fun way. This arrangement was made with parrot tulips, yellow roses, fern leaves and a few dianthus. Anytime you're putting together a bouquet and want to add a small pop of spring green and rich texture, two or three stems of dianthus will do the trick.

Layered Hues and Patterns

Layering several shades and tints of the same color is a designer trick for making a space seem more complete. When laying out your dinnerware, avoid a matchy-matchy look by pairing dinner plates, salad plates and chargers in similar colors with different intensities and patterns. Here, cool blue tones are used to balance the warmth of the oranges and yellows.

Room Coordination

It's important to ensure your tablescape, although temporary, blends seamlessly with the permanent elements of the room. If it doesn't, the overall effect will appear random. All you need to do is work in at least one shade found in a major element of the surrounding spaces to make the color scheme relevant. Here, the salmon tone of the rug is brought upward to the table setting with canvas napkins in the same tone.

Sculptural Metallics

Shapes play a large role in tabletop design. To keep the ensemble from looking flat, aged-brass napkin rings in sea urchin and hexagon shapes were added for sheen and richness.

Textured Flatware

To add extra depth to the table, stick with metallic flatware that also introduces texture. Here, pewter flatware with a hammered finish introduces a vintage touch.

Citrus Garnishes

Bring the bright hues of citrus fruits directly to the table — literally — with drink garnishes. Both lemons and limes work well for just about any type of drink, with or without alcohol. Although lemons are universally used to add a little zing to ice water, limes are a more surprising option and a perfect fit for spring.

Put It All Together

Once you have all your individual elements, you can create the perfect spring tablescape for a chic yet casual dinner party. Cheers!

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