Set a stylish table with one of our distinctly coastal tabletops, or mix and match for a look all your own.
Multitone flatware is a great way to introduce gold accents to the table. The combination of this rustic table surface and
the refined serving elements create a high-low decorating mix.
Get the look: Linen Napkin in White with Faux Suede Trim in Orange, $45, Archipelago; 212/334-9460. Lotus Plate in Persimmon Orange; No longer available. Woven Raffia Place Mat; No longer available. Gold Corsica, $230 for a 65-piece set, Wallace Silversmiths; dillards.com. Coral Bush, $16.50; rolandsofcalifornia.com. Flourish Tags, $5, Martha Stewart Crafts from Michaels; michaels.com for locations. Atom Art Bowl in Red, $8, anthropologie.com. Paillette Flute and Goblet in Gold, $384 and $392 for a set of four, kimseybert.com.
This vintage maritime table setting was inspired by the colors found in old nautical charts. Vary the size of the bottles
and woven patterns on the wicker casings so they look collected over time. Use twine to attach these metal anchors to the
napkin. Tied with a simple bow, they’re a great gift for guests.
Get the look: Linen Napkin in White with Zig Zag Stitch in Aqua, $40, Archipelago; 212/334-9460. Pacific Dishware in Sand, Seafoam, and Seablue, $25.50 to $39 for a five-piece place setting; atticushome.com for retailers (available in white). 116SCTR Long Island Sound Maps; No longer available. Copper Rope Flatware; No longer available. Wicker Bottles, antique. For a similar look, try ballarddesigns.com. Cast Iron Anchor, $5.90 each; areohome.com.
Silver accents sparkle when paired with dinnerware in watery hues.
Get the look: Arzberg Tric Caribic plates, mug and saucer, and coffeepot, etabletop; 212/251-0621 or etabletop.com. Silver pinecone, $33, Still Life Gifts; 800/211-2511 or stilllifegifts.com. Kate Spade Larabee Dot flatware, Macy’s; 800/289-6229 or macys.com.
Texture―from smooth mother-of-pearl to rough pebbles―adds interest to a soft, white setting.
Get the look: Odeon Platinum Tone dinnerware, Target; No longer available. Black Shagreen flatware, Gail DeLoach; 818/550-1450 or shop.gaildeloach.com. Twig napkin rings, salt and pepper shakers, and mercury-glass votives, At Home Furnishings; 205/879-3510. White Stone table runner, Viva Terra; No longer available.
Go for drama with starkly contrasting plates and accessories. Hammered-metal accents complement the theme.
Get the look: Africana pedestal candle stands, martini shaker, dinnerware, and flatware, Michael Aram; No longer available. Solar Palazzo napkins, Dransfield & Ross; 212/741-7278 or dransfieldandross.biz. Fish plate, Jonathan Adler; 800/963-0891 or jonathanadler.com. Votives, Beach Dwelling; No longer available.
Fill multiple vases with flowers of varying shades of yellow to add dimension to your place setting while still keeping things
Get the look: Floral design, Matthew Robbins; matthewrobbinsdesign.com. Glasses and place setting, Michael C. Fina; michaelcfina.com. Tablecloth fabric, Kat Phillips Designs; katphillips.com.
Floating candles and a dramatic blue backdrop put a new spin on a coastal look. Accent the rest of your table setting with
white and pale blue to offset the darkly painted room.
Get the look: Floral design, Grayson Handy; prudencedesignsnyc.com. Vases and candleholders, Prudence Designs & Events; prudencedesignsnyc.com. Goblets and flatware, Thomas O'Brien for Reed & Barton; reedandbarton.com. China, Anthropologie; anthropologie.com. Napkins, Kim Seybert; kimseybert.com.
This koi candelabra-turned-centerpiece adds a nice coastal touch while still keeping the table elegant.
Get the look: Floral design, Ariella Chezar; ariellaflowers.com. China, Vietri; vietri.com. Flatware, DVF Home; dvf.com. Napkins and place mats, Kim Seybert; kimseybert.com. Candelabra and candleholders, Anthropologie; anthropologie.com.