Choosing the right table linen for an all white home
Updated: Sep 24, 2021
An all-white theme to your home interiors is classic and very rarely can you go wrong with it. We can all be forgiven for thinking that an all-white home brings out a sense of being stark and cold but look on the bright side – it’s an empty canvas on which you can splash out your unique sense of creativity and style.
Every room in our homes carry a special meaning for us but I think we can all agree that the dining room is where it all comes together – a place that invokes lost memories when we eat a delicious meal, a place where we share, laugh, and make new memories. It is a space that deserves all our love and attention into making it as unique as can be.
To help with this, we at “The Yard House” are kick-starting an exciting series titled ”Round Table" where we have styling wizards walk us through how they decorate their spaces using our products and what we can do to make our dining spaces stand out.
To start off, we have Krittika Srikanth, who is a self-confessed lover of all-white spaces. If you don't know about her already , here's a small snippet in her own words -
"My passion for décor comes from my mother and father, I suppose.
I’ve grown up watching them putting in so much love and care into their home that I just organically took to it when the time came to set-up my own space.
I don’t have a particular décor style but I do believe that a good design is a balance of form and function. A space that seamlessly marries aesthetics with comfort and utility, is my kind of space. Although, I am partial to the colour white and that is an integral part of my décor style."
All the images featured have all been styled and shot by Krittika and you'll find more on her gorgeous instagram page . She blogs under the handle @willowandlovehome.
Let's dive right in!
TYH: WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN TABLE LINEN FOR YOUR HOME?
Krittika: I essentially look for two things – form and function. Whatever I choose needs to be useful as well as fit into the aesthetics of my home. It is easy to get carried away with the endless choices available, but I think the key is sticking to what is essential for you. Personally, I like to leave the table as it is and not use linen (table cloth or runners) unless when I’m entertaining and want to style the table in a certain way. I recently refurbished my dining table; a massive DIY project that I am very proud of, and this got featured in the Good Homes magazine.
TYH: FOR SOMEONE UNSURE OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT TABLE LINEN, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THEY GO WITH?
Krittika: There are three pointers to look for when choosing the right table linen:
1. The first and the most crucial step would be to look at the space and see what fits appropriately. For e.g. if you have an accent wall with a certain colour, then pick prints that go with that colour palette or if you have a gallery wall or busy wallpaper then go with softer prints or colours. If your room is either white, cream or beige, then bold and bright prints work extremely well.
In short, too much pattern or too much colour don’t go well together as it is all about achieving the right balance.
2. Select your linen based on how much light flows into the space.
3. Finally, the size of the table. If it’s a small table, closely packed prints or solids go well. For larger tables, big, bold prints add charisma.
TYH: YOU CHOSE THE OCHRE FALLING FLOWER AND THE IKAT GREY PRINT FOR YOUR SPACE. WHY?
Krittika: I am naturally drawn to neutral shades because it’s a good base for a great table or place setting and it allows colours to pop. I prefer colours like ochre, mustards, yellows, floral, pinks, greys, and greens. Both the table covers had all the things I love - ochre, floral patterns, greys and the yellow.
Pics Courtesy :Krittika
TYH: A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO STYLE A COFFEE AND DINING TABLE PLEASE?
Krittika: Our living room doubles up as a casual space when it’s just the two of us and then into a formal space when we have guests’ home. On my coffee table you will find, a tray to keep remotes for easy accessibility, coasters, a vase with fresh flowers to add a pop of colour and bring a positive vibe to the space, a scented candle for its subtle smell, and books that my husband and I go back to on a relaxed evening. I would recommend using 50% of the space for styling and the rest, leave as is, to put your legs up and relax.
Pics Courtesy :Krittika
For the dining space, I prefer keeping it light and simple – a vase with fresh flowers or a bowl of fruits would be sufficient. The dining table usually doubles up as a work table so keeping it light is practical.
I would recommend having a sideboard though to hold your cutlery, salt & pepper shaker, a fruit bowl or a decorative vase with flowers.
TYH: HOW WOULD YOU USE RUNNERS IN YOUR HOME?
Krittika: I love showing off my table top and that is always my first preference. However, I can imagine myself using runners when I want to bring in a festive look or a pop of colour. The good thing about runners though, is that most of the table is still visible to the eye.
Deepthi Velkur (@deepthi9844) is a Bangalore based freelance digital content writer, and mom to a busy 10-year old. Her writing credits include health and fitness magazines, running stories and wedding planning articles. While redecorating her apartment she fell in love with home styling and now marries her love for home decor with writing.