The Top 58 Dining Table Centerpiece Ideas
“Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” — Billy Baldwin
Many of us only decorate our dining room table during the holidays or when we’re entertaining. However, a beautiful dining room centerpiece makes any night of the year feel special.
No matter your decorating style, there are countless table décor ideas perfect for every season. And like all fabulous touches in your home, they should reflect your tastes and personality.
Dining table centerpiece ideas range from long, detailed tablescapes to the simplest jar of wildflowers. Our gallery of ideas showcases dining table ideas to suit every decorating style and budget. Scroll through and discover how easy it is to brighten up your dining room table today!
1. Bowls and Trays
If you have a collection of beautiful bowls and trays, a dining room centerpiece is the perfect place to show them off. Top an oblong dark wood tray with golden finger bowls or rest a tea light or two inside a patterned glass bowl. Look for painted decorative balls to fill an everyday ceramic urn or tray.
For a change of pace, resist the temptation to always fill your decorative bowls and trays with greenery, pine cones, or flowers. They are beautiful in their own right and an artful arrangement of empty serveware is a very contemporary table centerpiece idea.
Nothing adds more warmth to a dinner party than a glowing candle grouping. From the classic silver candelabra to a low scattering of tea lights, candles make even the most basic dining table décor come alive. Create a multi-height centrepiece with sturdy candle holders and pillar candles of different sizes.
Use unscented candles on the dining room table if you plan to light them during the meal. Scented candles can cast a strong enough fragrance to block the delicious aromas wafting from your food.
You can also replace your regular candles with flameless versions. Many have quite realistic flames and are hard to distinguish from wax candles.
3. Decor Ideas
4. Fall Decoration
Autumn’s abundant harvest provides you with a variety of natural fruits, vegetables, and leaves—all of which make excellent table décor. You don’t even need a container to create a colorful fall centerpiece idea.
Simply line up multicolored pumpkins down the middle of your dining or kitchen table.
A cornucopia overflowing with gourds and corn makes a gorgeous centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Make a simple fall centerpiece out of a basket of apples or a mason jar filled with mums in warm fall colors.
For a modern fall centerpiece idea, get artificial white pumpkins from the craft store—or paint real pumpkins and gourds white. Lined up on a mirrored tray, they combine the best of modern style with classic fall décor.
Farmhouse design goes back to the basics, setting vintage objects against white and natural wood backgrounds.
Glass, metal, stone, fabric, and plants are some of the elements that you can include in farmhouse dining room centerpiece ideas.
Birch bark vases coordinate well with farmhouse décor when filled with daisies or other fresh flowers. Wire metal baskets or small galvanized buckets are a great decoration on a farmhouse kitchen table.
Woven mats, a plaid table runner, cotton pods, and pinecones are gorgeous embellishments on a farmhouse Christmas table.
Flowers are traditionally the focal point on a dining table. Whether it’s one stunning flower alone in a vase, or an arrangement sprawling the length of your table, flowers always make a gorgeous centerpiece.
Mix flower colors or focus on one color family, depending on your room décor. Stick to all white blooms if you want to showcase a fantastic container or you need your centerpiece to coordinate with neutral décor.
7. Low Cost
You can make a beautiful centerpiece without spending a penny. Look around your home for objects to turn into dining table décor.
Set votive candles inside seldom-used China teacups and make a simple floral arrangement inside a coordinating teapot.
Don’t worry about buying a flower arrangement. Cut sprigs of greenery from your yard and display them in a vase for a no-cost table decoration. If you don’t have a vase, wash the label off a pretty glass bottle.
If you have paint, a pretty paper napkin, and clear glue on hand, decoupage the bottle, as shown in this video:
A modern room with a modern table and dining chairs needs more than a basic basket of flowers. Look for an edgy, low sculpture or geometric candle holders instead.
Fill a matte black bowl with moss-covered balls to add a touch of nature. Top a mirrored tile or tray with candles of varying heights.
Succulents in decorative pots—or grouped inside a terrarium—make an amazing dining room centerpiece. Fresh herbs are edible decorating ideas, as you can cut rosemary or lavender boughs and tuck them into a vase.
Extend your plant decorating ideas into adjacent areas, such as a buffet top or kitchen island.
Plants, fruits, and vegetables can be excellent ingredients in a gorgeous centerpiece. Fill a wide vase or bowl with clusters of lemon leaves and tuck artichokes and lemons between them.
Scout your yard for ferns, evergreens, and ivies and make them the stars of your dining table centerpiece.
If your dining area features rustic décor, there are many options for creating a rustic centerpiece. Rustic style is often masculine, showcasing textures and natural materials over fancy details.
Work country and vintage items into your rustic centerpieces whenever possible. For example, fill little galvanized metal jugs with dried cattails and set them beside a candelabra made of antlers.
Weathered wood boxes or troughs are great holders for a pine cone and evergreen arrangement at the holidays. Use jute or twine instead of ribbons and burlap instead of lace.
11. Special Occasions
Special occasions are a great time to bring out the beautiful dishes and décor that you don’t use every day. Whether it’s a baby shower or a Christmas party, the special events you host are more memorable when your decoration ideas are on point.
Impress your guests with a DIY centerpiece of floating candles, either in individual vases or grouped in a larger bowl. Anything that sparkles, shines, or reflects light adds excitement to a special party. So add glass, metal, mirrors, and crystals to your special centerpiece ideas.
A single vase can suffice as a basic centerpiece idea, or you can display them in groupings of two or more. Vases aren’t just for holding flowers. In fact, some vases are more stunning when displayed empty.
Display a collection of clear vases—they don’t have to match—and stagger them down the middle of a long dining room table.
Place a few plumes of pampas grass in a tall, skinny vase to add a simple beachy vibe to the dining room. Wheat grass in an earthy brown vase makes a simple fall centerpiece idea.
Whether you’re displaying your grandmother’s ornate crystal vase, or a collection of thrift store finds, vintage objects are almost always at home on the table. You can also mix vintage items with new pieces to create your own look.
Antique kitchen tools in a ceramic crock makes a homey, farmhouse table centerpiece. Fill vintage mugs and goblets with fresh cut blooms and scatter little tealights around the display.
The winter holiday season tends to awaken the interior designer in all of us. Candles, greenery, sculptures, ornaments, and flowers are all elements to consider when deciding how to decorate your dining table, kitchen table, and kitchen island.
Fill a large glass bowl with metallic ornaments and battery-powered string lights. Surround it with candles of different heights and dim your overhead lights to magnify the sparkling reflection.
Base your color scheme on the rest of the room. Monochromatic white and silver tablescapes are stunning beside a flocked and tinseled tree, while red and green may be best if your holiday décor is more traditional.
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Dining Table Centerpiece FAQs
Choose a low dining room table centerpiece to maximize eye contact across the table. Ideally, a table centrepiece should be no taller than 12 inches. If your event requires taller centerpieces, use narrow pedestal vases at least 18 inches tall so that the arrangement itself is above eye level.
Since farmhouse décor combines rustic, natural, and vintage elements, anything that fits into those categories can work well on a farmhouse dining room table. Antique mason jars or milk pitchers filled with flowers from your garden are a classic farmhouse centerpiece idea. Wooden crates, rustic baskets, and metal trays are excellent bases for displaying vintage books or pottery.