The Want List: Versatile Textiles for Any Table

Setting the perfect table requires many layers, and it’s often the linens that stitch them all together.

More than good hospitality, tablescapes can be an art form, an opening scene for guests to feast their eyes on while they await the first course. Whether you opt for a runner on raw wood or the full tablecloth treatment, these stunning fabrics are sure to add flair to any fête.

Italian Washed Flax Linen Tablecloth

There are easily one billion tablecloth patterns to browse through on the web. Spare yourself the scroll by opting out on prints in favor of this textured linen option that goes with anything. It’s elegant in its simplicity, but never bland. Besides, tablecloths shouldn’t be the showstopper — only the feast you spill on it.

$159.95 at Williams Sonoma

Salento Tablecloth

Color block designs offer an effective compromise between busy patterns and the full on neutral-minimal route, welcoming a tasteful pop of color that complements both the room and what’s on the table. This simple, lively design from Serena & Lily has just the right look to complete a modern, subdued palette or pull off a more eclectic vibe that’s never made the complexities of nanna’s heirloom Delftware look so chic.

$49.99 and up at Serena & Lily

Coral & Tusk Blooms Table Runner

If you’ve styled your entire decor off that reclaimed hardwood table, don’t even think about hiding it under a tablecloth. Accentuate it with a statement runner instead. Thoughtfully designed and embroidered on 100% natural linen, this floral landing strip for dishes may have guests shuffling them around to admire the tulips, daffodils, butterflies, and bees.

$312.00 at Coral & Tusk

Rainbow Burlap Napkin (Set of 4)

The purpose of napkins is to protect your pants, keep your lips clean, and veil your mouth when you’re inevitably removing the piece of kale from your two front teeth. But that doesn’t mean that they have to look disposable. These Rainbow Burlap Napkins by Atelier Saucier brighten up the table whether they’re laying flat or in use so you can save face in style.

$72.00 at Atelier Saucier

Scallop Trim Cocktail Napkins (Set of 4)

Cocktail napkins multitask as coasters, cup sleeves, and discreet hideouts for hors d’oeuvres toothpicks you don’t know where to ditch. With that level of responsibility, it seems sensible to these unsung heroes to reusable, more stylish alternatives. Cut from a soft cotton linen blend, these ruffled-edge little squares are as nostalgic as they are sustainable.

$14.00 at Schooolhouse

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