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5 Basic Steps to Creating Fantastic Displays

By November 1, 2018One Comment
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Displays or vignettes set on tables and mantles create a wonderful feeling in a room. With the holidays coming up we love to decorate our homes. One area that is popular to decorate is table tops. Dining, kitchen, counters, and side tables to mention a few spaces are fabulous spots to add color and drama to our decor with seasonal displays. Here are 5 steps to consider when creating a display. Beautiful table setting or tablescape that will set the mood for the festivities.

Steps to consider when creating a display

Color: This is easy when decorating for a specific holiday’s. In the fall, warm colors like red, orange and yellow are always popular colors and complement all the items to decorate with. Although this might not coordinate with your furnishings, due to the nature of the decorations they will still work with the overall impression you are creating. This arrangement from HGTV could be used for fall, but also summer.

color is a great display


Placement: This is where you create a balance. If you are considering doing a vignette on a side table I suggest to my client’s grouping items in odd numbers 3 or 5 for example. To continue to add interest add various heights within the grouping of items to add interest. For a dining table, the odd number rule also applies. This photo shows three arrangements but also displaces symmetry. Very peaceful and calming to look at.table display

Proportion: Some of the best centerpieces will spread the length of the table, why? Simply because it makes it easier to converse with those at your table. If you are interested in a taller centerpiece consider one with a clear narrow vase that will not be blocking those sitting at the table. On a fireplace mantle or entrance, table height can create a dramatic effect, here creating a soaring display can bring you great visual impact.

Composition: When creating a look the objects used in the display have to be considered. If it is a holiday you are decorating for, go with that theme. To get longevity out of your table setting and display think seasonal. I find creating a fall look from September through November saves me time and the look flows for more than one month. By using seasonal items like branches with berries, pine cones and colors related to fall, they last and work for three months versus just one. I do the same in the winter doing more of a “frosty theme” and add just a few “holiday” items. This way I am not changing everything out every month.

Complexity: When I consult clients I always hear “I need to get rid of ______ and need to edit _______” Keep your arrangements clean, simple, a coordinating color theme that will be timeless. Staying with the less is more, you will achieve a stunning display.


If you have a fabulous table setting, tablescape, display or composition of objects that you created please share with us all.

Other Good Reads:

Fall Tabletop Decorations

Decorating for The Fall Season

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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