Chic Rustic is the New Holiday Tablescape Trend

Place setting with cream napkin and gold silverware

Change up your Thanksgiving color scheme from the usual brown, burgundy and orange. Try the chic rustic style – also called modern farmhouse.

Cozy, comfortable touches reign in a light and airy, but muted color scheme, based on creamy whites, faded pastels and well-worn, well-loved accessories. Country pieces fit right in. Punches of black and bright white add the modern contrast.

As long as it’s in the color palette, anything goes with this eclectic style, so it’s easy to pull together with what you have already. Silver and galvanized metal both look terrific with chic rustic…dress it up or dress it down!

  • Leave the table bare (no tablecloths to worry about!) or use a white or beige tablecloth. White or creamy lace works, too.
  • Add a burlap table runner or place mats, with trimmed, dried natural wheat stalks tied in bundles with raffia, beige ribbon or strips of burlap at each place setting.
  • Include bright white napkins furled in small canning jar rings with a spring of rosemary, canning jars for water glasses and a cinnamon stick at each setting for a place card holder.
  • Use white plates and serving dishes. Work in some faded pastels with pale blue or pale green cloths to line a basket of rolls.
  • Create a centerpiece of low white candles, small white pumpkins and white flowers in clear glasses on a galvanized metal tray.
  • Incorporate a punch of black to complete the style. Look up – is your chandelier black iron? Perfect. Try a black wrought iron table accessory, such as a trivet or lantern. Look around the house – a low black iron plant stand, scrubbed up, can hold a casserole. A black iron doorstop can be a charming table accent. (Bonus points for an antique animal, fleur-de-lis or star!)