Top Tips on How to Dress Up Your Table with Runners

Regardless of whether you have important guests coming home for a formal sit-down dinner or playing host to family and friends for an evening of fun and cheer, a well done up table looks inviting and serves to underline your style.

Top Tips on How to Dress Up Your Table with Runners

Regardless of whether you have important guests coming home for a formal sit-down dinner or playing host to family and friends for an evening of fun and cheer, a well done up table looks inviting and serves to underline your style.

However, with many different varieties of runners available, it helps to know how to use them the right way to create the best impact. Some hand tips:

Play With the Runner Length 

Conventionally, people buy runners of a length that enables them to hang over each side of the table for at least six to eight inches. However, when you place a runner on top of a tablecloth, you must be sure that the runner's length is or the same or shorter than the tablecloth.

However, using a runner shorter than the length of the table is becoming quite popular as many people love its smart looks. However, you should ensure that the length is significantly shorter than the table, and you place an attractive centerpiece on it to boost the table setting.

 When placed lengthwise, the width of the runner should not exceed one-third of the width of the table. When you place them across the table, they should not exceed one-fourth of the length of the table’s length.

You should appreciate that these are merely suggestions, and you can vary them depending on convenience and your sense of aesthetics.

Methods of Using Table Runners

While the most common use of a table runner is on dining tables, there is no reason why you should not use them on coffee tables, patio tables, sofa tables, bedside tables, hall tables, dressers, and more.

It does not matter what the shape of the table is, as runners work equally well on round, oval, square, and rectangular tables. Commonly, you place runners lengthwise in the middle of the table so that you can align whatever you place on them, but you can also position them across the table if you like.

However, these runners must be shorter. These runners can also double up as placemats with or without a tablecloth under them.

The decision to use a tablecloth depends on how formal the occasion is and the kind of table surface.

If you are using a tablecloth, the runners must have good contrast to help them stand out. According to Forbes, a bare table with runners can be very elegant.

Conclusion 

No discussion on table runners can be complete without considering fabrics, textures, colors, and patterns. While the choice is entirely personal, you need to keep in mind the kind of ambiance you are trying to create, your interior décor, and the profile of your guests.

 Fortunately, you get table runners in a large variety of fabrics, colors, textures, and patterns. For formal occasions, you can use smooth and lustrous fabrics like silk, satin, polyester, organza, linen, etc.

For casual get-togethers, checks, floral patterns on cotton, twill, or even polythene look good. If you have rustic tables of wood, stone, metal, etc. you can think of using runners made of coarse natural materials like reeds, bamboo, and twill to highlight your table.

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