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Best Stylish and Functional Kitchen Table Decor Ideas 2022

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Decorating a kitchen table is one of those tasks that are easy in theory but might actually require a little thought. Don't get us wrong — some of the best kitchen table decor ideas are beautiful in their simplicity. But you'll still want to carefully select pieces, materials and colors while keeping size, scale and functionality in mind.

Whether you're looking for everyday styling tips or want to spruce up your space for a special occasion, you've come to the right place. Keep scrolling for a roundup of tabletop essentials every home needs, along with beautifully curated kitchen table ideas.

Kitchen Table Decor Ideas for Every Home and Occasion

Wondering how to decorate a kitchen table? Start with the basics. Find a rundown of the best table linens, dishware, glassware, serving essentials and simple centerpiece ideas below.

Tablecloth

A tablecloth is one of those kitchen table decor ideas that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing. In addition to protecting the surface underneath from spills and heat damage, it enhances your eating area with a soft, textured touch and sometimes a pop of color.

This cloud cotton tablecloth is versatile enough for everyday use but also suitable for special occasions. Thanks to its long-staple Turkish cotton construction and four-ply gauze fabrication, it's surprisingly durable too.

Table Runner

Table runners are partly functional in that they offer some protection against liquid and heat damage, but they're primarily decorative. You can place them over a tablecloth or on a bare table to add interest while creating a foundation for your centerpiece.

Featuring delicate texture and a uniquely fluffy weave, this cloud cotton table runner is soft, stylish and practical. Measuring 90 x 16 inches, it's perfect for a small kitchen table that seats up to six people. You can also place two runners diagonally across a round table to create an X shape.

See what went behind the design of the Parachute Table Linen Collection in our blog.

Dinnerware

Every kitchen needs dinnerware. The right ceramic or stoneware set can also work as table decor, especially if you're hosting guests for a meal, taking photos or staging your home for an open house.

Cloth Napkins

Beyond helping you cut down on your family's paper towel use, cloth napkins can make a good impression on your dinner guests while instantly upgrading your tablescape. Cloud cotton napkins in particular are an excellent choice for nearly any occasion, and you can get them in a color that matches or complements your table runner or tablecloth.

Napkin Rings

When it comes to kitchen table decor ideas, napkin rings are among the easiest, most effective ways to give your space that "something extra." Plus, while neat folds can be tricky, almost anyone can roll up a napkin.

Flatware

Some households have multiple sets of silverware for daily use, holidays, dinner parties and other special occasions. This brushed gold flatware set makes a striking statement, but thanks to its heavy-gauge stainless steel core and dishwasher-safe design, you can use it as often as every day.

Glassware

Like dishes, every kitchen needs glassware. A high-quality, visually pleasing set can also double as kitchen table decorations. With that said, you're wise to keep a few different types on hand, like standard tumblers for water and iced tea, stemmed red wine glasses, martini glasses, and champagne flutes for when celebrations are in order.

Check out our guide to Hosting a Happy Hour for more tips.

Water and Wine Carafes

Whether you're serving iced tea, wine, sangria, lemonade or just ice water, the right carafe, pitcher or decanter will give your kitchen tablescape a wow factor. Made of shatter-resistant Italian crystal, this water carafe kitchen table decor idea is just as sturdy as it is stylish.

Mugs

Serving brunch? Wow your guests with a set of matte glazed stoneware mugs. Not only is this handcrafted set tasteful and versatile, but it's also durable enough to go in the oven, dishwasher and microwave.

Speaking of sipping java at home, here are 27 Ideas for Decorating a Coffee Table.

Serving Dishes

Placing food in proper bowls and platters instead of serving it directly out of pots and pans is a great way to take your dinner party to the next level. This stoneware serveware set is just the thing for creating a beautiful kitchen table while fostering closeness with family-style dining.

Decorative Trivet

Speaking of pans and pots, this decorative twist trivet can help prevent hot cookware from damaging your table and tablecloth. The charming ornamental design also works as a napkin weight, paperweight, coffee table centerpiece or floating shelf accent.

If you appreciate multifunctional home design and decor, you'll love these 29 Home Office/Guest Bedroom Ideas.

Serving Utensils

Don't overlook serving utensils. Complete with a scraper, spatula and tasting spoon, this stylish yet functional set is crafted from sustainably sourced walnut wood. You can use it for both serving and cooking while enhancing the overall aesthetic of your kitchen.

Baguette Board

You can use a baguette board for more than just French bread. This thoughtfully crafted wooden number is perfect for everything from freshly baked loaves and fruit platters to charcuterie and breakfast in bed.

Take a look at these Breakfast in Bed Tips and Recipes for more ideas.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

Design-forward salt and pepper shakers are among the best functional yet stylish kitchen table decor ideas. Made of silicone-coated stainless steel with adjustable coarseness, this versatile pair flaunts a modern, high-end appeal.

Candles

When it comes to decorating ideas for your kitchen table, you really can't go wrong with candles. They can act as a centerpiece while creating a warm ambient glow you may not be able to achieve with overhead lighting. Consider a pair of plain white hand-dipped taper sticks with a durable candlestick holder.

Unscented candles usually work best in eating areas, but our blog explores How to Make Your Home Smell Good in other rooms.

Flowers

floral arrangement

A bouquet of flowers might seem almost too obvious, but there's a reason people choose it again and again as a centerpiece. If you're styling a relatively compact table, consider a smaller arrangement in a shorter vase.

Check out our guide to DIY Floral Arranging for expert tips and ideas.

Fruit Bowl

A fruit bowl is another easy, appealing centerpiece. While it may not be quite right for your dining room, it's perfect for a kitchen table, where your family likely gathers for breakfast and lunch.

Small Plants

Succulents, cactuses and other small plants are a great tabletop decor idea too. Depending on how much space you're working with, you can place one or two miniature planters in the middle or multiple plants on a long, narrow tray.

Here are the Top 16 Indoor Plants For Clean Air in Your Home.

Seasonal Centerpiece

You can change your centerpiece every few months to reflect the current season or any upcoming holidays. For instance, flowers in the spring, a bowl of fruit in the summer, mini gourds in the fall and bottlebrush trees in the winter.

See our articles on Holiday Hosting 101 and Friendsgiving Tips for more ideas.

Kitchen Seating Ideas

Some of the best kitchen table decor ideas are all about choosing the right seating. Find styling inspiration and creative insight below.

Weathered Wood Chairs

weathered wooden chairs

Wood furniture is seasonless, and while weathered finishes tend to give off a rustic feel, they're actually surprisingly versatile. The right set of time-worn wooden chairs will complement virtually any kitchen tablescape, whether you're using a tablecloth and candlesticks or are keeping it simple with a fruit bowl and cloth napkins.

Natural finishes are a big part of Feng Shui decor principles. Explore these Feng Shui Interior Design Ideas if you like the pared-down organic look.

Contrasting Windsor Chairs

Windsor Chairs

Windsor chairs are timeless and endlessly versatile. But if you want a little more character, consider a contrasting color, such as black, charcoal or tarnished brass, against a light wood table or a white tablecloth.

Simple White Seats

white seats

You really can't go wrong with white chairs \. Whether your kitchen table is painted the same color or features a complementing finish like natural oakwood, the style works year-round for any occasion.

Consider a Bench

table with a bench

Have you thought about benches for your kitchen table? In addition to taking up substantially less total space than regular chairs, they provide a clean, streamlined appearance that doesn't obstruct your window views.

If you like this look, check out these innovative Bedroom Bench Ideas.

Mix It Up

minimalist kitchen

If you have a relatively small seating area in your kitchen, you may opt for minimalist kitchen table decor ideas. But you can also create banquet-style seating on two sides with built-in benches, then place chairs or table-height stools on the other sides.

Decorative poufs and cushions are key to styling a bench and ensuring it's comfy enough to sit on. Here's How to Style Throw Pillows Like a Designer.

Industrial-Chic Metal Chairs

industrial metal chairs

Metal chairs can also provide a subtle industrial aesthetic that pairs well with modern, contemporary and rustic design schemes.

Learn How to Create a Modern-Industrial Look for Your Home in our blog.

Laid-Back Weaves

If your home decor scheme leans more coastal or farmhouse, a woven bench or set of chairs is a solid choice. Whether you go with wicker, rattan or leather, the effortless style is a perfect balance of laid-back and sophisticated.

Here's How to Create a Tasteful Modern Farmhouse Bedroom.

Modish and Plush

Modish and Plush chair

Upholstered chairs are often reserved for formal dining rooms, but if you have the space and budget, why not go plush with your kitchen table seating? Bucket seats and peg legs lend to a midcentury-modern vibe, but simple high-back or shelter-style chairs are a solid choice too.

Bar Stools

bar stools

An island can serve as a breakfast table or bar area, potentially doubling the available seating in your kitchen. When choosing stools, make sure they not only fit when pushed in but also allow for plenty of elbow room when occupied. They should also ensure enough space to walk around and behind.

For guidance on cohesive room-to-room styling, see our Guide to Design and Decor Ideas for Your Home.

Kitchen Decor Ideas and Styling Guidance

Now that you have an idea of what you need for your tablescape, place settings and seating, let's go over a few general kitchen table decor ideas and best practices.

How to Choose a Kitchen Table

When selecting a kitchen table, choosing the proper size is crucial. Carefully measure (and re-measure) your available space before purchasing anything, and be sure to account for chairs and a rug.

If you're furnishing a small kitchen seating area, you might consider a banquet table with benches or booth-style corner seats. Tulip tables and round bar-height tables can also help you make the most of your limited square footage.

Fixtures and Enhancements

Once you have your table and chairs picked out, you'll want to don your space with complementing fixtures and enhancements. This may include a rug, window curtains or sheers, and decorative pillows if you're using a bench.

Floating shelves can provide additional kitchen storage while adding a decorative touch. Then to enhance the ambiance, install a simple chandelier, an overhead light or wall sconces.

Check out these Living Room Lighting Ideas and Rug Styling Ideas for more tips and inspiration.

Color Selection

As with any room in your home, color selection is critical for nailing your kitchen decor. Not sure where to start? Let the rule of threes guide you. This interior design strategy says to begin with one neutral color as your base, such as white, grey, beige, or ivory. Then choose two more hues that complement or contrast the primary color.

For instance, with classic white as your base, you might incorporate a natural wood finish with floating shelves and chairs, then weave in contrasting navy table linens and kitchen towels.

For more expert tips and techniques, see our guide on How to Create an Interior Design Mood Board.

Where to Buy Home Goods and Decor for Every Room

Feeling inspired? Parachute is your resource for household linens, handcrafted furnishings and decorative accents for every room in the home. From high-quality bedding and towels to kitchen accessories, baskets and bins, you'll find what you need here. 

Still stuck on how to design your kitchen or dining area? A seasoned interior design specialist from Parachute can offer personalized kitchen table decor ideas and guidance for optimizing your available space. Schedule your free one-on-one virtual styling consultation today!

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