Entertaining Elements: Setting a Warm Industrial Table

Entertaining Elements: Setting a Warm Industrial Table

Carolyn Purnell
Nov 16, 2012

To me, there are few things more cozy than a warm industrial style. Incorporating metal, wood, leather, and the soft luster of age, it's a style that's able to incorporate both the rustic and refined.

1. Obviously you won't be buying a new table just to set it in a particular way, but when envisioning a table setting, I always find it easiest to start with a table. The Jackson table from World Market seemed particularly fitting for the warm industrial style.
2-6. Dishware and cutlery: Slate chargers (3), topped with simple, white dishes from West Elm (4 & 6), provide a classic, no-nonsense foundation. The Laguiole cutlery (2) and gold-banded dessert plates (5) add a bit of shine.
7. You may tend to associate the industrial look with chrome or worn, aged metals, but I've decided to stick primarily with gold accents to warm up the look. These twisted gold tumblers would be perfect as water glasses, and I can only imagine the subtle, sinuous sparkles they would cast in candlelight.
8. West Elm's constellation napkins would break up some of the table's neutral solids with a bit of pattern while staying true to the cleanness of an industrial look.
9. When I saw Styled.'s use of old belts as napkin rings in Issue 5, I'll admit that I swooned.
10. These gold-rimmed wine glasses keep the hints of gold going, but if you don't have money to spare for a new set, you can try this gold-dipped DIY with the glasses you already own.

1. To keep the look easy, organic, and clean, use a charcoal felt runner down the center of the table. This one, while perfect in its simplicity, does not seem to be in production anymore, but you could probably easily DIY a version with a few yards of felt, or, if you aren't the DIY type, here's a slightly more elaborate, exceedingly pretty substitute.
2. & 3. This wire basket from Terrain would make an ideal (and affordable!) centerpiece for a warm industrial setting. While you could fill it with any flowers of your choosing, I like the idea of keeping it basic and creating a textural, verdant nest of seeded eucalyptus flowers.
4. Dot the length of the table with basic pillar candles encircled with measuring tapes for an easy, affordable industrial look.
5. & 6. Alternating with the candles, nest a few of these electrical boxes along the length of the table. You can fill them with candies, dinner mints, tea lights, or if you want to add even more shine, a small mound of gold glitter. Alternatively, you could purchase slightly larger ones and use them as wine-bottle holders, keeping errant drips off the table.

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