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an overhead view of tables with mix and match table linen styles to create a unique event design

The Star of the Show: Mix & Match Table Linen Styles

It's a linen love affair and we're here for it.

Imagine this: you walk into your event, and the tables are dressed in a splendid array of colors, patterns, and textures. It’s like a party for your eyes! Mixing and matching table linen styles is all the rage this season, and let’s be honest, it’s like creating a fashion show for tables. Who knew linens could be so trendy?

When it comes to designing a visually stunning tablescape at your wedding or special event, the importance of table linens cannot be underestimated. Table linens have the power to transform an ordinary setting into an extraordinary one, adding elegance, style, and a touch of personal flair. One of the hottest event and wedding design trends this season is the art of mixing and matching table linen styles. By combining different colors, patterns, and textures, you can create a truly unique and eye-catching look that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. From pattern play to unexpected napkin styles, and the fusion of farm tables with full linens, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to add a ‘wow’ factor to your tabletops.

Pattern Play: Coordinating Colors, Patterns, and Textures

Pattern play is not just for high maintenance bridesmaids anymore, Take your event to the next level by blending different patterns and watch the magic unfold. Stripes, florals, polka dots—let them mingle and make a statement! One of the most exciting aspects of mixing and matching table linens is the opportunity to experiment with patterns. By incorporating linens in different but coordinating colors, patterns, and textures, you can create a vibrant and visually captivating tablescape.

To start, consider a statement tablecloth as the foundation for your design. Opt for a bold pattern or a vibrant color that sets the tone for the rest of the table. Then, choose complementary napkins that feature smaller-scale patterns or coordinating colors to create a sense of harmony. Don’t be afraid to mix different textures as well. Combine luxurious velvets with textured linen or lace overlay to add depth and visual interest to your table. Feeling stumped and need some inspiration on coordinates? Consider using linens our Pre-styled Collections. These collections are carefully curated to provide a harmonious blend of colors and patterns, making it easier for you to mix and match with confidence. Whether you desire a whimsical look that combines floral prints with bold, bright solids (check out our Somerset Collection), or a striking modern look that combines high contrast with with geometric patterns (think, High Contrast Collection), we’ve got you covered. The key is to find a balance that is visually appealing and cohesive.

Unexpected Napkin Styles: Elevating Place Settings

And let’s not forget about napkins. They’re not just for wiping those happy tears away. These small but mighty elements can make a real impact with place settings, enhancing the overall aesthetic of your table design.

Rather than sticking to traditional white or solid-colored napkins, consider incorporating napkins with unexpected prints or vibrant hues. For instance, if your tablecloth features a monochromatic design, you can introduce a pop of color with patterned napkins. Alternatively, if your tablecloth is already vibrant and bold, choose neutral-toned napkins with subtle patterns to balance the overall look.

Try a Fun Napkin Fold

Experiment with various folding techniques to further elevate your napkin presentation. From intricate origami-inspired folds to more casual and relaxed styles, the napkins can become an essential part of the table’s visual narrative.

Fusion of Farm or Linen-less Tables and Full Linens: Breaking Spaces with Elegance

A creative way to break up a space and introduce an element of surprise is by mixing farm or linen-less tables topped with runners with tables featuring full linens. This combination not only adds visual interest but also creates a look that is beautiful and different from the traditional approach.

Farm tables, with their rustic charm and natural appeal, provide a perfect backdrop for weddings. Their wooden surfaces and minimalist design exude a sense of warmth and intimacy. To elevate the rustic charm and infuse an air of elegance into the wedding reception, consider layering a table runner (like one of our textured Callie Runners) down the center of a farm table. This adds a touch of sophistication and provides an opportunity to introduce different textures and patterns to the overall design.

To maintain a cohesive look, coordinate the colors and patterns of the table runners with the full linens used on other tables in the venue. By doing so, you can create a seamless transition between your linen-less tables and those with table linens in the rest of your event space. This fusion linen-less tables with runners and tables with full linens can be particularly impactful. It allows you to create distinct sections within the venue, such as a dedicated sweetheart table or a family-style dining area, while maintaining a cohesive design throughout. Guests will be captivated by the juxtaposition of two styles, and it will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

So, whether you’re a pattern enthusiast, a napkin-folding aficionado, or an expert fabric coordinator, there are endless ways to add a “wow” factor to your tabletops. After all, as they always say, “Life is too short to have boring table linens!” (– Anonymous) Let your creativity soar and let those linens shine like the stars they are. Your guests will thank you, and your tables will be the talk of the town. Cheers to making your event a visually stunning masterpiece!

Want help choosing the perfect coordinates for your event? Schedule a virtual or in-person showroom appointment or request to buy a linen sample swatch box to view our collection in person.



Photo Credits:

Main Image + First Image: Always Yours Events, Jessa Schifilliti, Beach Plum Floral, The Green Market Farm

Second Image: KG Events & Design, Dani Fine Photography, Morrice Florist


Jun. 23, 2023

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