Do you have a round dining room table as your kitchen table, in a breakfast nook, or in your actual dining room? I have some table decor ideas and the best tips for decorating a round dining table to share.
A kitchen area with a small dining space is a perfect spot for a smaller table. Make a spot for games or a library setting in the living room with the addition of a small round table. Extend your living area to the outside with a glass top round patio table for al fresco dining. If you have a small dining area where a large dining table does not work, a great way to make use of the space is with a round dining table.
First Step – The Options For Your Round Dining Table
On pedestal dining tables a single pedestal supports the table top instead of table legs. A single pedestal is the base for round tables from 36” to 60” in diameter.
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A round wooden dining table can have a rustic look or a more traditional concept and classic style depending on its finish.
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You can choose a painted table to fit the color scheme of your home. A white dining table, for example, would be great for a farmhouse or a cottage. A beautiful table in vibrant colors or dark colors would be great in a home with more modern looks.
The Best Tips For A Centerpiece For A Round Dining Table
Don’t style a round dining table when not in use with the laundry pile (guilty as charged), the stack of mail you’ll get to (also guilty), or clutter (yep guilty of this too). Create a focal point and some visual interest with a centerpiece instead.
Follow the Centerpiece Formula from the 1-2-3 Formulas to a Beautiful Table Every Time to create a beautiful arrangement in the center of a table that goes beyond your typical fruit bowl.
- Entertain – This is your focal piece, your big wow! Can be one piece or a grouping of decorative items. Think outside of the usual floral arrangements and use
- Seasonal Items – pumpkins, eggs or bottle brush trees
- For Everyday – vintage clocks, books or vintage pieces you collect
- Contain – How will you contain your focal piece? A great example is
- Flower Vase
- Round Basket
- Apothecary Jar
- Small suitcase
- Cake stand
- Pretty Bowl
- Train – A runner and/or a few pieces to “train” out of your focal piece! See the ideas below for a runner.
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This fall centerpiece celebrates fall in a different way than your typical orange, brown and red and uses neutral colors for fall. It is created from a repurposed popcorn bowl with a few budget friendly filler ideas.
Using natural materials like in this centerpiece works wonderfully for Spring or everyday. This one includes two different shapes of science beakers found at the thrift store and I added books, a nest and eggs, two old drawers and some moss rocks.
Do you like the look of flowers but don’t want to use fresh flowers? These faux stems are beautiful in a repurposed metal light shade with a brass candle holder, a cloche of vintage pieces, a clover dish and music scrolls contained in a tray. See the entire table here.
The Best Tips For Light Fixtures Above A Round Dining Table
The best shape for a chandelier above a round table is a round or a square shape. A rectangle chandelier is best for rectangular dining tables.
Are you ready to do math?
See our teachers were right we will use math! This time it’s to make sure our lighting doesn’t overwhelm our round table.
Ideal chandelier diameter for a round or square table is one-third to one-half the diameter of your table. The best way to do this is with this formula –
Light Fixture Sizing Formula
Formula 1: Diameter of Table X .3 = Size
Formula 2: Diameter of Table X .5 = Size
Next: Choose a light fixture between these two measurements.
For Example: 5’ round/square table with (60”) diameter x .3 = 20” For Example: 5’ round/square table with (60”) diameter x .5 = 30”.
Therefore, chandeliers that are 20” – 30” diameter would be an ideal size for a five foot round table.
Hang your lighting in the center of the table with the bottom thirty to thirty six inches above the standard table top.
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The Best Tips For Table Linens For A Round Dining Table
Change Up The Look With A Tablecloth On The Surface Of Your Table
With the many different colors and patterns that a round table cloth comes in, it’s an easy way to get a different look for your table for a special occasion, dinner parties, or family gatherings.
Round (Regular Length) Tablecloth Size:
- 60 in. – best for 38 in. to 44 in. diameter table (seats 4)
- 70 in. – best for 46 in. to 58 in. diameter table (seats 4 to 6)
- 90 in. – best for 60 in. to 78 in. diameter table (seats 6 to 8)
In a formal dining room the norm is to have a 15-inch overhang on a round table. An informal table setting the overhang can be 6 inches and up to 10 inches. Make sure to include these numbers when measuring your tablecloth size.
Alert: More Math!
Tablecloth Overhang Formula
- Formula: Drop X 2 = Drop Length + Table Size = Tablecloth Size
- For Example: 10-inch drop x 2 = 20 inches + 60 inch table = 80 inch tablecloth
- Then: Purchase a tablecloth that is approximately an 80″ size.
Creative Ideas For Table Runners
A rectangular light above a round table is a bad idea but a rectangular table runner down the center of the table is a great addition. And I have a secret … a table runner does not have to come from the big box store linen aisle!
Use One Of These Ideas For A Runner In The Middle Of The Table
- A Lace Valance
- Garland Of Greenery
- Piece Of Fabric
- Sheet Music or Book Pages
The Best Choice For Place Settings
Should you use round placemats on a round table?
Yes, round has its place, but there is another great option – square or oval placemats. Before you choose round, square, or oval placemats determine how much space you have for each table setting. Measure from table edge to your centerpiece, taking into account what you will put on the placemat – charger, glassware, napkins, etc. Then gauge the width by how many dining chairs are around your table.
The Best Way To Decorate Each Place Setting
Using the steps from the place setting formula from the 1-2-3 Formulas to a Beautiful Table Every Time will make each guest’s place at the table special.
- Elevate The Plate – The first thing is to add a placemat and a charger
- Mate – Place your mates to the plate – your napkins, silverware, glassware
- Create – something pretty for each setting.
- place cards, a scripture, a vintage flashcard or a seed packet
- a 3D object – an ornament, a tiny pumpkin, or a small potted plant
Final Looks At Round Dining Tables I’ve Created
More Tables For Inspiration
Jumpstart your table decor with these ideas for everyday and the holidays!
Before You Fly Away To Use These Tips To Decorate Your Round Dining Table
Pin any of the images to Pinterest so you can set a beautiful round table easily with these tips – hover over any picture to save the pin to your Pinterest account. So easy!