While it's always enjoyable to craft the perfect holiday or birthday tablescape, there are plenty of ways to keep your dining table looking beautiful on a day-to-day basis, too. We're sharing 35 ideas for everyday dining table decor, and many of these are extremely affordable. Why not make every meal feel like a special occasion?
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Bring in Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers instantly brighten up any area of the home and your dining table is no exception. Whether you can trim clippings from your own backyard garden or make a ritual out of visiting the farmer's market every weekend, you'll thank yourself later when you can enjoy beautiful blooms every time you sit down to eat.
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Scatter Some Candlesticks
Candles add instant ambiance to any dining table and elevate the every day. If you don't have a collection of candle holders already,go to the thrift store. You'll stumble upon many beautiful styles that can be grouped together to create a stunning display.
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Group Together Vases
Collect small vases? Give them the VIP treatment by displaying them all together on the dining table. Even when they're not filled with flowers or branches, they still make an artful statement.
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Mix and Match Decorative Items
Who says you have to pick just one object to feature on your dining table? If you love candles, vases, ceramic dishes, and more, create a little vignette using several of your favorite finds.Continue to 5 of 35 below.
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Try a DIY Project
You can also try your hand at DIYing your own centerpiece. Grab some taper candles and flowers and create a one-of-a-kind display for all to admire.
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Place Fruit in a Nice Bowl
There's no reason your dining table decor can't also be practical. Fresh fruits and vegetables add color and texture to any table—corral some of yours in a nice bowl or basket for storage that doubles as art.
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If traditional candle holders don't speak to your decor style, go ahead and get funky with some curved pieces. These add a welcome eclectic touch to the dining table.
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Decant When Possible
Decant your salt and pepper into timeless brass holders that will add flair to your dining table. No more staring at that boring grocery store packaging!Continue to 9 of 35 below.
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Make It Mini
Who doesn't love miniatures? Set out some tiny vases alongside a larger one to add some extra charm to an otherwise simple setup.
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Choose Chic Candles
We see a lot of taper candles displayed on dining tables, but pillar candles look excellent, too. Choose candles in a color that will really pop—in this dining space, black complements the sideboard and dining chairs perfectly.
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Bring Some Nature Indoors
A bowl of moss helps to bring the outdoors inside but requires very little maintenance. It also adds textural intrigue and color to any table.
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Showcase a Fave Plant
Plant lovers, we know you can't get enough of scattering green friends all throughout the house. Place a favorite plant (a pothos, perhaps?) in a table-sized pot and enjoy watching it grow over time.Continue to 13 of 35 below.
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Try a Tablecloth
We don't see tablecloths used as often these days but don't underestimate how much of an impact they can make. This checkered tablecloth is delightfully classic and warms up this minimalistic dining space.
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Grab Your Green Friends
The more plants, the merrier! Cluster some smaller green friends or succulents together on the dining table and you have an instant centerpiece.
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Lay Out a Table Runner
If you don't wish to cover up your dining surface with a tablecloth but are looking for a simple way to jazz up the table, try a runner. You can even DIY your own if you have extra fabric on hand from a sewing or reupholstery project.
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Sew Together Placemats
You can also position placemats in the center of the dining table to create a makeshift runner—or sew a bunch together to make something more permanent.Continue to 17 of 35 below.
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Shop Your Own Yard
This piece of driftwood complements the earthy, plant-inspired decor in this dining space. Sometimes, the best accessories can be sourced outdoors.
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Stones and geodes also add intrigue to a dining room table. Combine them with other natural elements, like succulents or cacti, for an eye-catching, earthy mix.
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Introduce Air Plants
A bowl full of air plants adds color to this neutral dining room and is appropriate all year long.
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Be a Bit Boho-inspired
Love boho style? Bring some pampas grass into your dining room. It will add instant height and texture to the table.Continue to 21 of 35 below.
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In this modern home, tall empty vases look sophisticated atop this round table surrounded by curved chairs.
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Repurpose This Household Item
Lazy Susans are more than just practical, they can be decorative, too. Use one as an alternative to your standard tray and fill it with accent pieces as well as go-to spices and seasonings.
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Fill a tall pedestal with decorative beads and place it in the center of your dining table for an artful yet simple centerpiece.
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A woven basket is a great decorative piece to set out on a farmhouse-inspired table. Pair it with a checkered table runner and some ceramic vessels and you're golden.Continue to 25 of 35 below.
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Keep It Simple
A single palm leaf in a vase makes a stylish yet laid-back statement on this dining table. Sometimes, less is truly more.
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Say Yay to Trays
A scalloped tray like this one is super cute and can easily be scooped up and cleared when food arrives on the table, making it a win-win.
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Bust Out a Pedestal
Add height to your table with trivets and pedestals. This way, everyone can still admire your decor as plates are being passed.
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Try This Twist on a Vase
Look inside your pantry and see what items you can repurpose as decor. Julep cups, for example, can double as vases when you entertain—there's no need to purchase something brand new.Continue to 29 of 35 below.
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Create a Unique Display
Note that you don't need to set out pairs of items to create a special display; that singular candle holder can still shine among other objects.
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Invest in a Vessel
A vessel like this one can be repurposed season after season. Use it to house evergreens in the winter and then place gourds inside when fall arrives.
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Take the Cake
Keep a cake stand on hand and fill it with your favorite sweet treats or simply use it as a decorative item—you can place candles and other small items on top. It's a win-win.
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Make Flowers Last
A dried flower arrangement like this one requires zero maintenance while still making your dining table look beautiful. Choose an assortment of colors that complement your decor and furniture, whether that means opting for something neutral or bold.Continue to 33 of 35 below.
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Give Your Wreath New Life
Wreaths aren't just for hanging on the front door. Place one around a cluster of candles so that it turns into a makeshift centerpiece.
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Cast a Moody Glow
Table lanterns can add a moody glow to indoor setups, too. Display a couple on your dining table and dim those harsh overhead lights.
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Put Your Pinkies Up
Teatime, anyone? Keeping a teapot and some cups on your dining table will add some country charm to your home even if you actually use them for coffee!.