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Rustic Inspired Place Settings: Inspiration & Ideas

If you’re inspired by organic elements and nature’s most beautiful gifts, then setting up your dinner table with a rustic surprise could be a great way to express your favorites. Now when we think rustic we don’t just think of the trendy “shabby chic” styles but we also think of simplistic designs and ideas. We think of bringing bits of the outdoors inside and enjoying all the beauty of the trees and living off the land.

But rustic styles should never be confused with vintage styles. Although the two can easily be mismatched and fused together, today we’re all about the simplistic of the rustic ways without any super feminine or grandiose displays.

Try adding a bit of burlap or raffia to a clean setting, it’ll add a bit of that down-home feel without being too over the top. Creams, ivories and different shades of brown hues and greens are perfect for this style. It keeps it organic and fresh. Adding too bright colors downplay the idea of the rural vibes.

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Adding potted flowers to the mix will enhance the naturalness as well. Beautiful, rich creamy florals can be used as a centerpiece to balance out a burlap table runner or napkin. Again, keeping the colors as neutral as possible will only help create the rustic ethos. Try making a monochromatic scheme based on the color of your table and chairs.

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Adding bits of fruit or leaves is an option as well. Anything organic is a great way to bring in your own creativity, personality and fun while sticking with your theme and vision.

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Textures work too! Add velvety ribbons or fun nick-nacks to add and enhance. Napkins, place mats, tablecloths and table runners with texture evoke hat organic edge and again, it give you an opportunity to add your own flair.

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Remember, just because you’ve chosen a rustic theme for your dining room or dinner party, doesn’t mean it can’t be chic. Keep everything crisp and clean, with just a few of those loose, rough edges and you’ve got something stylish that brings about what you love in nature without being too messy.

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If you want to use a bit of color, just don’t go so overboard that you wash away your rustic theme. Add lighter shades and mix them in with all your natural elements. Think outside-the-box and add bits of leathers and wood, have fun and keep inspired!

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on July 4, 2012

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Grace Lynne Fleming
From the outskirts of Nashville, I couldn't imagine calling anywhere else home. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in Communication, I'm a lover of words.

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