Your Guide to Easter Tablescapes

20th Mar 2024

Easter themed tablescape by @Styletheclutter for Garden Trading

Looking to achieve the perfect backdrop for spending a long time lingering over food? This week we’ve joined forces with interior designer Leoma Harper aka @styletheclutter, who talks us through the process of creating a spring tablescape. Winner of the Best of Houzz service award for 3 consecutive years, Leoma’s an expert at transforming homes into beautiful, timeless spaces, so who better to inspire us with an elegant approach to Easter style?! Soft colours, pretty patterns and natural textures - plus an artful use of flowers and foliage - combine beautifully to create Leoma’s relaxed, celebratory feel. Want a wow-worthy tablescape this spring? Read her three top tips which promise to breathe new life into your home.

Portrait of the Interior Designer, Leoma Harper

1. Mix ‘n’ Match

This season’s all about dipping into different product ranges and combining pieces that bring different textures to the table. To create my spring dining look, I’ve combined warm, unrefined wood with brading baskets, glazed ceramics, bold cutlery and natural linens to set a tone that’s relaxed and airy. This year I’ve used the beautiful Overton Plates and Brading Placemats alongside distinctive mango wood Midford Napkin Holders in our dining room. These layer up to bring warmth and a different dimension to your table top. I am big fan of the subtle pretty indented pattern around these new Overton plates; that extra little bit of texture is such a nice touch. I’ve then offset the rustic charm of all of these elements, with the sleek satin finish of bold, brass cutlery.

Easter Dining Spring Place Setting, featuring Garden Trading Homeware

2. Go Green

Anyone who has browsed will know that I covet green as the best base colour to build upon and freshen up a space. This year I’ve let a simple piece of coloured glassware do the talking and it has subtly elevated the whole look of my dining table design. It’s been my intention to encapsulate all the joys of spring in a tablescape, ready to celebrate the incoming new season with friends and family around the table. This one’s bursting with gorgeous pops of jewel green tones which are synonymous with Garden Trading’s new SS24 collection. Whilst I love all the hues that feature in the new homeware ranges – especially the glassware – it’s been a particularly big treat to dress the table with gorgeous new linen that practically shouts spring. A pretty base is always needed to create a look and feel that’s cheerful and uplifting. Crafted in beautiful rosemary, the soft texture of the Oaksey Checked Tablecloth and its coordinating Set of 4 Oaksey Checked Napkins achieves this. 

Bringing in greens through foliage and accessories is also one of my favourite design tips; a bit of outside in, especially on chillier days, instantly brightens up a room. Which conveniently brings me to my last – but not least – bit of styling advice…!

Easter Dining Scene featuring Oaksey Checked Tablecloth in Rosemary, Chilmark Tumblers in Green and Hambledon Candle Sticks.

3. Bring in Botanicals

When putting together a tablescape for family and friends I always think about how to make it as inviting as possible, with a little seasonal surprise or treat on each place setting. This could be in the form of foliage, flowers or a little hand folded paper heart or flower. I’m a big fan of adding a touch of spring to your table with floral sprays straight from the garden. Mine is teaming with my favourite seasonal flowers, tulips. Your centre piece is key; you can't go wrong with flowers and candles. I like to use a mix of bud vases and planted up pots, which offer a variety of heights and bring a sense of depth to the table, all in my favourite colour combination: pink and green. This ‘scattered’ look is then anchored by a large central vase, or pot of flowers. Introducing candles is next and again I like to feature them in varying styles and heights, as it creates such a relaxed, soft vibe. These elements collectively feature year-round in my tablescape designs but are presented in a different way; I love changing up the candles, colours and flowers seasonally to fit the scheme. Of course, for springtime I’m not forgetting my firm favourite: the branch. It’s hung above the table again and Easter ready, featuring its blossom and eggs! I’m a big fan of creating a lot of visual interest by mixing low level and elevated displays in a riot of vibrant shades.

However you design your tablescape, the trick is to never overcrowd at mid-level, so that you’re always enabling eye contact, allowing for easy conversation across your celebratory dining space.

Garden Trading SS24 Homeware Designs in a spring tablescape by interior designer Leoma Harper

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