Traditional color palette for the fall tells us to use a warm color palette of oranges, reds and yellows. However, when my mom approached me with the design dilemma of decorating her massive (16 feet long) and beautiful table for the fall, she put in the request to use a cool, neutral color palette of smoky blues, a touch of subtle green and textural neutrals.
Fall Tablescape – http://www.middleredefined.com/caption
Another request was to incorporate visual height to the table. Adding this vertical impact with five vases filed with neutral floral arrangements helps break up the horizontal plane / length of the table.
Sidenote: When my parents remodeled their home one of the most, if not the most important room in the plan, was the dining room. My mom is a phenomenal cook and we all gather almost every Sunday for family dinner so it was very important for her and my dad to have us eat as a family on Sunday afternoon. VERY COOL. Now with 10 grandchildren, they need to buy a couple more chairs to add to the 16 foot long table. Talk about massive chaos as the adults are now outnumbered with all the little kiddos running around. Fun problem to have…but it might be five years or so before an actual adult conversation can take place again.
Once the five vertical floral arrangements were put together a long conversation at the local Hobby Lobby and trying about 30 different combinations (after a while every combination start looking the same) we settled on this…
Then we took to the material that would ground the floral arrangements and settled on a large burlap runner. Next was figuring out the large decorative elements that would serve between the floral arrangements. We found a great neutral pumpkin at Home Goods and then scavenged around the house to fill in the other items. Keeping the palette neutral and incorporating baskets and beautiful pottery made for the perfect statement setting combination.
Stay tuned for Thursday as I talk more about the fantastic wall of mirrors you see in the background. What do you think of the fall table scape? Do you like the neutral / cool tone color palette?