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September 15, 2019

Charcoal and Red Wedding Tablescape

Design a Charcoal and Red Wedding Tablescape

When brainstorming ideas for a tablescape to feature this week, I realized something: I have yet to feature a tablescape using satin tablecloths! How did this happen? I’m not sure, but I learned a lot about our line of satin table linens with this “design a tablescape” shoot. First off, satin looks amazing indoors. I tended to avoid using satin because I feared the linens would be too shiny when illuminated with powerful studio lights; however, I discovered that to not true at all! In fact, the lighting really made that satin tablecloth shimmer and shine, and I found the material to photograph very well. Second, satin is incredibly easy to iron. Most fabrics require some elbow grease to iron out those pesky wrinkles, but satin is unbelievably cooperative! Apply the slightest bit of pressure with steam, and those wrinkles come out easy as cake.

I knew I wanted to design a tablescape featuring a satin tablecloth, but the design concept wasn’t coming to me so easily. That’s exactly why I decided to ask our Facebook audience for help choosing a tablecloth color. Members of our audience voted for either charcoal, hemlock, cantaloupe, or butter, and charcoal won by a hair! I remembered seeing a wedding inspiration board on pinterest that I liked featuring red and charcoal, so I went with that color scheme and decided to throw in a red pintuck table runner. Do you think they match well?


In terms of decor elements, I stuck to the basics. White china, standard stemware and flatware, glass candle holders and white candles, and a white vase with white flowers and red roses to match the table runner and napkins. Take a look at the wedding tablescape decor grid below:


Texture is such an important component to consider when designing a tablescape. A great tablescape design almost always features two types of textures, offering contrast to the overall presentation. Pintuck table runners are absolutely perfect for providing your tablescapes with texture, but rosette runners are a great choice, too. You can also try inverting the texture by going with a pintuck or rosette tablecloth with a satin runner or overlay.


Roses can be very expensive, but there are definitely occasions when it’s worth it to buy real roses. I had a few left over after making the arrangement for the centerpiece, so I scattered some petals around the centerpiece, visually connecting the floral arrangement above with the tabletop below. For the each table setting, I used a very simple pyramid fold. Here’s a detail shot of a place setting:Charcoal-and-red-place-setting

Personally, I think charcoal and red make a great color scheme option for wedding tablescapes. It’s an unusual color combination that I believe makes for a very elegant and unique color palette. Check out the full presentation photo below, and please comment below with your opinions on red and charcoal as a color palette for weddings–thank you for reading!



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5 Replies to “Charcoal and Red Wedding Tablescape”

  1. OK, I’ll admit it. I have avoided using satin tablecloths for one of the same reasons you mentioned: Fear of glare has kept me away. But this charcoal photographs like a dream!!! As for ironing, I have found that the satin chair sashes iron up nicely, so no fears there!

    Red & charcoal make a fabulous combination! The subdued hue of the charcoal makes a really nice backdrop for the bold red, Really nice!

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