AL FRESCO DINING - 5 FRESH & UNIQUE OUTDOOR TABLE IDEAS
New flowers are blooming and the sun is shining - which means it’s time to start gathering with your favourite people, and move outside for comfortable and stylish alfresco dining. There’s one element that will create the heart of this season’s festivities: a perfect outdoor table, set and accessorised in classic and fragrant ways - so that it feels as though Summer sprung straight from your very own garden.
1. MIX VINTAGE WITH NEW
A rich wood vintage table – built from resilient and characterful outdoor woods — is a rustic and elegant choice for lunch outside, especially when accessorised with clean, contemporary settings. Choose classic glassware in one tone for both water and wine — clear always works, or go for a subtle shade of green or light mustard if you prefer a pop of colour. Fold pure cream napkins as much for aesthetics as the comfort of your guests, and place a single flower protruding from a white or steel vase as a simple yet classic centrepiece.
2. EMBRACE CREAMS AND WHITES
The French countryside look is versatile, and can have a vintage feel if you go with painted white or cream woods or you can use metals and ceramic for a bright, contemporary scene. Choose a well-structured table, long and rectangular for all the more guests and be as precious as you like with plentiful, intriguing and low-hanging lampshades for spotlight and vibe.
3. RICH, LUSCIOUS GREENS
Lush green leaves spilling from plain, clean pots is the most natural and colourful way to nurture the Spring garden setting and bring freshness to your outdoor space - whether you are enjoying a morning coffee or vibrant social activities. Place small potted plants as side pieces along your table and let them grow just a little wild.
4. DRIED FLOWERS MEET FRESH
Use your garden’s flowers in all their variety, picking a few soft coloured blooms — start with pinks and whites — for drying and leave the others to grow and peak. Arrange the gently preserved pastel flowers alongside their fresh counterparts in an assortment of vases — consider a series of patterned ceramic pieces. In one or two vases, let a big pop of red or orange burst and anchor the look.
5. A POP OF BLACK
It’s a soulful choice: bring in black accents and details from hanging lampshades, a treated timber tabletop or luxe rattan chairs. Any of these will bring a warmth and worldliness to a white, wooden or metal table. This decoration can work for both a minimalist lunch, or lined with candles and floral arrangements for fancier occasions.
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