Design should be fun. It’s serious business alright, but sometimes I think I spend too much time trying to find exactly the right thing for a room, when really I should have a bit more fun with it.
If it’s a big ticket item, then I’m not going to take chances I can’t afford. But with small things, why not play with pattern, color and texture?
So today I thought I would share something fun I did in my dining room. It was zero cost because I already had the fabric, and since it’s just a tablecloth, there’s no commitment to this change. As soon as I get bored with it, off it goes.
The fun change is the black and white patterned tablecloth. There are a few other changes to the room as well. I scrolled back to see the last time I shared a photo of the table. (It’s been awhile) Here it is below.
The pink slipcovered chairs are still here; they are just moved to the breakfast room. I moved my 200 year old chairs into the dining room recently. They are very unique, which is why I love them. They are actually American, not French. I recently went to see my friend Peggy and brought her a few things, and she gave me this beautiful large demijohn glass bottle, so that’s new as well.
Why did I decide to add this tablecloth that really doesn’t ‘go’ in the room? Because I’ve been loving the gorgeous rooms at House and Garden magazine, CLICK HERE. Many of the homes in the UK have pattern layered on pattern, layered on pattern. I thought it would be fun to try something more bold in my home, and that’s where I got the idea. This is actually a great way to add pattern and color to your room because it’s very reversible and can be low cost. Check out the fabric remnants at the fabric store and see if you find something you love.
You can hem the ends with your sewing machine, or simply use a simple iron on tape instead. Here is an affiliate link to some popular hemming iron-on hemming tape, CLICK HERE.
I also tried this fabric remnant for the table. I actually just switched to this blue patterned fabric. I’m enjoying the dark fabric against the table. The room is mostly done in blues, greens, and aqua.
I tried about 20 different fabrics on my table before selecting the two I’ve just shown you. I had fun with it, and it was free. One trick with layering patterns is to go with simple patterns. The simpler the pattern, the more likely it will work with other patterns. Another thing you can use for a tablecloth is a Turkish towel or a throw blanket. I use them all the time on the table. The striped fabric shown at the beginning of the post is a Turkish towel.
I’ll show you other fabrics I’ve used on the table in the past.
Below I used an antique linen sheet as a tablecloth. They work very well for this purpose.
Here’s a floral yellow tablecloth I once used. I wasn’t crazy about the look, but wanted a change that day.
Here’s another antique linen piece that oddly enough was really meant to be used as a tablecloth.
Next, here’s a lively brightly colored French tablecloth. It’s new, not vintage.
Here’s a table runner I made.
I’ve mostly used white tablecloths, so it’s definitely time for a change. So do you use fabric on your table? I am curious to know what color it is, and if it is patterned.
Hi Anita, your table cloths are fun. I love them as they remind me of my grandmothers’s home where I grew up. I have a beautifully embroidered one that she made. My favourite, cloths do not ‘go ‘ with my more, formal, French furniture nor with the predominately gray, off white and pink touches ! However when family are over, out comes a cotton, red and white gingham for the bottom topped on the angle with a beautiful ,beige linen, having large, black, blue and green birds on it ! I love it and it is my fun tablecloth !
Sherry Stuifbergen says
I use fabric all the time, since one of my assets is that I learned to sew. It has been a big savings to me and I have slip-covered sofas, love seats, made pillows, curtains and table runners. I like to “thrift” so watching remnant bins is for my decor colors is “up my alley.” I love ALL your looks in the dining room. Your friend gave you a wonderful gift, the demijohn. They are pricey….regardless of age. This was a good post to inspire.
Love that tablecloth! It’s fun. I also love the column in there! Thanks for my lovely items. Love them. Love you dear friend.
I love to use table cloths and runners, I have a very similar black and white table cloth with elephants, it’s whimsical and fun, I get allot of compliments on it and it changes the look of the room instantly.
Verle Ellis says
I, too, love to use table cloths and runners, usually in pastels and layered. I love blue, and have lots of paint, fabric, and accessories with prominent blues.
Back in the 70’s I used a lace curtain panel for a tablecloth. My mother thought I was nuts at the time. She did crochet a real lace tablecloth for me which I still have 48 years later. Last year I purchased fabric resembling a Provence fabric to make a tablecloth for the 12 foot dining table my husband made by hand for our patio. I have a lot of tablecloths through years of marriage. Again, my mother instilled in me the love of having a linen closet filled with tablecloths, towels and bed linens.
Mildred Cochrun says
Love all your decorating ideas! Was wondering where you got your bamboo shutters and what they are called! They just add the finishing touch to your windows!
Mildred, those are Cabo placid natural shades from Bali. You’ll love them.
Anita, looking for some natural shades for my windows. Where did you get yours?
Dale Read says
I love your beautiful rug! Is it available online?
Yes! It’s HERE.