I have been arranging ‘things’ on the tables in my home for as long as I can remember. I try to change the decor on the tables every couple of months or so. It’s only recently I learnt that it’s a dedicated art form! And it has a technical name to it- Tablescapes. Wow! I didn’t know this until now that I have been tablescaping! And I bet not many of my friends (who also are into it) know about the term!
Here is what I learnt ; Late David Hicks, is considered the master of tablescapes, in fact the word ‘Tablescape’ has been coined by him. Quoting him “It isn’t a matter of just connecting miscellaneous objects on a table. Each object must be of quality in itself; otherwise it doesn’t really work”.
As I understand, tablescapes are a great way to show off your most cherished items. Be it art, books, family heirlooms, or souvenirs; tablescapes are a pleasing arrangement of objects. Not any haphazard arrangement on a table can be considered a tablescape…it has to be a pleasing co-ordination of items bound or tied together by shape, colour, texture or a theme of the arrangement. And one cannot fill up the entire table and call it a tablescape…there has to be enough place for utility i.e leave considerable space on the table to be utilized by you or your guests to keep their cups/plates/glasses etc. (the original purpose of table should be kept in mind).
The only thing that really pains me is dusting the things that I use for tablescaping…I have become smarter, I try to use things which are easy to dust or keep up!
Do it right, it can be the focal point in the room and do it wrong and it will hurt the eye. But then how do you know it is right? How do I know I have done it right? I wait for reactions from friends, family my hubby (my biggest critique!) and of course I take my ques from Google! I love the story that can be told with just a few pieces placed differently. You can see how I have styled my tables in my home by clicking here and here, in two of my earlier posts.
What’s your take on it? How do you style your tables? Link photos of your tablescaping and I would love to share it on my blog.