My dining room table has been in the middle of most of the homes we have owned, and at the very least it’s always been visible from the front door. That means that my table is a huge part of the first impression you get when walking in my home—for good or ill.
A centerpiece is a really easy way to set the tone for your dining room, or your entire home if you have an open floor plan. In addition, if you have kids, it’s the one place you can put something decorative that’s out of the reach of curious toddlers.
Here are five simple centerpiece ideas for any style home that you can modify to fit your color scheme. They really add a touch of sophistication and help tie a room together without adding any work!
My favorite centerpiece has always been an earthenware vase with birch branches in it. Birch branches are very modern and structural, and they are also pretty cheap at most craft stores. It’s not the best choice if you have a low-hanging light over your dining table, as the height of the branches can compete with your lighting.
Another great modern option is a lantern with matte glass around the edges. You can use a candle light if you want the romantic look without drippy wax and having hot metal on your wood.
I love a small pot of succulents for a hippie, boho vibe. Succulents require very little attention as far as houseplants go, and since they are compact and not leafy, you can have a live plant on the table that won’t end up in your salad.
For a more eclectic look, use an arrangement of antique items of the same type but different sizes and shapes.
If your table has a more formal vibe, go for candles or metal. I love the idea of spray painting things like paperweights or plastic fruit and using them as centerpieces. Mirrored serving platters with candles or fruit displayed on it also make a great centerpiece.
I love having fruit out for my kids, so I love fun takes on the fruit bowl in the middle of the table, like using wooden fruit or buying a statement piece bowl and putting real fruit in it for a fun and functional piece.