Think about layering your table. Use a textured charger, something woven such as sisal or raffia, to create height, then layer coloured fabric that is smaller than the charger but larger than the dinner plate. Use a patterned napkin to bring in colour and design to establish the aesthetic. Don’t forget about updated flatware finishes, such as mixing different metals or even matte black. Have fun, be creative and allow your centre piece to work with your table setting.
– Nancy Fire, design director HGTV Home
QI don’t like faux candles, but lighting my outdoor table with real candles is frustrating on a windy day. Do you have any ideas for my family and I?
AI use hurricane candle holders on our outdoor dining table and side tables. They prevent the wind from blowing them out, and you can use a large candle for events that run long into the night. I also layer in colour with fruit or flowers on the bottom for a colourful touch to the table. Or forego the real thing with some battery-operated “candles”– Designer Marika Meyer