White Tablecloths: Dressing Up Standard Style

White Tablecloths: Dressing Up Standard Style

Sarah Coffey
Mar 3, 2010

White tablecloths are so widely used and frequently seen that we don't really see them anymore. Despite the fact that they're everywhere, we love the way they look, and we're hoping to bring the white tablecloth back in our own home. We scanned a few good photos for ideas…

  1. At a restaurant in Siena, white tablecloths are layered over yellow ones. Surrounded by patterned tile floors and shelves full of wine bottles, the white surface provides a break from the visual feast.
  2. Photo #2 shows another Italian cafe, this one along a street in Bologna. The clean white tablecloth is a nice contrast to the well-worn texture of the limed wooden chairs.
  3. A French provencial tablecloth from Le Souk feels like an heirloom, with its visible warp and weft and hanging tassles. Covering a carved table, it gives the room a casual but richly textured look.
  4. Photo #4, from Table Linens US, is a pretty typical cafe shot. Natural wood chairs are a classic complement to white tables, and simple but high-quality dishware steps the arrangement up a notch.
  5. At Kettner's, an old-school dining room in London, a long private table gets the full treatment with a white cloth, silver candlesticks, and hefty silverware.

Photos: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Sarah Coffey, Le Souk, Table Linens US, Kettner's

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