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Styling an Effortless Spring Table

As Managing Editor for, Catie Parrish relishes the opportunity to inspire visitors to create thoughtful, stylish spaces in their homes.

Style a casual, colorful tabletop that's perfect for spring.

Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or just the return of warmer weather, the key to a welcoming spring table is styling a casual, easygoing look that doesn't feel overdone. Your table should feel approachable and friendly, so keep it simple by leaving your fine china for a formal occasion. Here are a few things to keep in mind while setting a fun table.

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Keep it colorful

There’s no question that spring is all about color, so choose one (or a few!) to focus on. Find plates, bowls and table linens in one color for a vibrant monochromatic look. Or, add dimension to your table by mixing dark and light hues of the same color. Light pastels are perfect for spring, but don’t shy away from brighter shades if you find yourself gravitating towards punchy orange, bold magenta or lemon yellow.

Add playful accents

A playful spring table is the perfect place to incorporate quirky accents such as novelty salt and pepper shakers or a unique carafe. Look around your house for charming decorative objects that will add visual interest to your table, but be sure to use non-functional items sparingly to avoid clutter.

Jonathan Adler Elephants Salt and Pepper Mills $48

Fiesta Cookware 4 Piece Place Setting $30

Barreveld Wall Carafe $21

Use what you have

Adding simple items you already own into the mix, such as basic white plates and your everyday flatware, is an easy way to tone down bright colors and keep your table budget-friendly. Unadorned glasses work effortlessly for day or night. Tie the look together by filling a vase with your favorite freshly cut flowers. This understated centerpiece provides a fresh element to the table while keeping the overall look relaxed.

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Think beyond the table

Keep a serving tray nearby to store items you would like to keep handy, but don’t have space for on the table. From a teapot and mugs to extra napkins and dessert plates, extra items gathered on a tray is convenient and looks great on a console or end table.

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