HOW TO SET A TABLE
"What season it is, the colours outside and the food I am cooking all
have a role in determining how I lay the table"
says Once Milano Creative director Allegra Marchiorello.
As a general rule,
I opt for bolder colours (or the colours of the ground)
during the winter months,
and softer neutrals during the summer ones.
If I’m cooking mushroom and pumpkins, or something quite rustic,
I will use placemats rather than a tablecloth which is for more formal dining.
A colourful tablecloth can be
a very bold statement
if that is what you require.
Napkins add a great finishing touch,
similar to the way a handbag might
to an outfit
I always think a centre piece adds something to the table.
During Spring, I use flowers,
in summer time I use fruits
and then in the winter months I think vegetables
(vibrant pumpkins and squash add a decorative touch).
It’s also worth thinking about what sort of crockery you use.
You don’t want to serve a chunky beef casserole on plates
that are very delicate and poetic looking, rather an earthier ceramic will work better here.
The finishing touches? Tapered candles in white, beige or
grey which blend seamlessly into the table.
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HOW TO SET A COLOURFUL TABLE