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PLATES AND PLACES 10.18.16

Fall naturally with neutral home accents
–by Jennifer Ruple

PUBLICATION DATE: 10.18.16

 Jennifer Ruple

Jennifer Ruple

November kicks off the season of entertaining and cooking for family and friends, so it seems only fitting that we give the ‘plates’ of this column the spotlight this month.

Over the past years, I’ve used many color combinations while decorating for fall – pumpkin and eggplant, pumpkin and sage, and my favorite pumpkin and turquoise. While I love rich color, I decided to give the natural, tone-on-tone palate a try this year. A neutral palate can be simple and elegant at the same time, and it can enhance any style of home – traditional, contemporary, country, and of course, the increasingly popular farmhouse style.

 Stacked single-hued plates create drama at the table.

Stacked single-hued plates create drama at the table.

 A large, chipped concrete urn corrals mini pumpkins.

A large, chipped concrete urn corrals mini pumpkins.

Here are some tips for incorporating neutrals into your fall or Thanksgiving table design.

Play with texture. An absence of color doesn’t mean an absence of excitement. Use a combination of textures like linen, rattan, metals, and earthy elements to provide interest and richness to your space.

Create a focal point. Bring in a large, birch bark pumpkin and embellish it with pinecones, leaves and acorns for a show-stopping centerpiece.

Colored glassware is back. Add a subtle pop of color to your neutral tablescape with colored glassware. Also abundant this season are colored glass candle holders and shimmering blown glass pumpkins.

Get personal. Craft something new from something old. Napkin rings created from vintage metal buttons I received from an Aunt bring a sense of nostalgia and sparkle to the table. Every time I use them, I think of her.

Create balance. Flank mini cotton topiaries on each end of the dining table to add natural texture.

Pile on the layers. Stack single-hued dishes to add dramatic appeal.

Be playful. Add a touch of whimsy with playful accents like miniature ceramic owl salt and pepper shakers.

Set the mood. Dim the lights and add softness with the glow of white or cream candles.

Don’t forget the sides. Don the buffet with a statement piece like a large, chipped, concrete urn filled with white, and a few green, pumpkins and gourds.

 Utilize items with texture in a tone-on-tone display.

Utilize items with texture in a tone-on-tone display. 

  Amber glassware plus golden preserved leaves provide a subtle pop of color in a neutral tablescape.


Amber glassware plus golden preserved leaves provide a subtle pop of color in a neutral tablescape.


Jennifer Ruple is the author of the blog:
somedaycowgirl.blogspot.com.

 

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