Tonal Tables: Monochromatic Tablescapes That Sing

Tonal Tables: Monochromatic Tablescapes That Sing

Ronee Saroff
Nov 23, 2009

Monochromatic table settings are easy on the eyes and let the food you've worked so hard to prepare take center stage. The key is to layer on the textures, incorporate different tones of the same hue, or mix patterns and sheens from the same color family. Here is some inspiration for creating tonal tables that are anything but one note.

  1. This gorgeous table setting by Monique L'huillier is a great example of how to make a monochromatic scheme work. Huge bunches of simple white flowers tucked in birch logs look rich and sophisticated when mixed with reflective surfaces, glass candlesticks, and a whimsical white peacock.
  2. Julie Mulligan's copper-toned table manages to combine several patterns without looking fussy. Using multiple smaller floral accents as opposed to one large centerpiece is easy to rearrange and won't obstruct anyone's view.
  3. This flirty tabletop by Elizabeth Anne Designs was inspired by the deep, sultry hues of the Moulin Rouge.
  4. Christine Lemieux's simple, monochromatic design for Dwell Studio groups white vases and vessels from around the around the house with spray-painted gourds.
  5. Originally designed for displaying New Year's resolutions, I love the idea of asking guests to contribute to the decor. Nestling the gilded branch among white gravel rocks and votive candles helps ground the scene.
  6. This rustic table arrangement inspired by the color of wheat includes a variety of dried grasses, so it can be made ahead of time and used again. A luxurious satin bow elevates the humble grain to centerpiece status.

Images: 1. Julie Toy, 2. Julie Mulligan, 3. Jonilyn Photography, 4. Dwell Studio, 5. epicurious, 6. Martha Stewart

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