Inspiration for a spring minimalist style table setting that’s perfect for Easter. Incorporates ideas for lovely but quick place settings, adding neutral colors, and simple table linens.
Less is more.
How many times have we heard that? Probably too many to count…but it’s totally true, and it goes along with my mantra, “simple is best.” So today, to slowly slide into the possibility of entertaining again, I’m sharing a minimalist style table setting for spring. Over the past year, I’ve thought a lot about ways to live a simpler life, and adopting more of a minimalist decor style is one way to start. In order to be a pure minimalist, I would have to let go of things that I truly love. I’m not ready to do that, but I am ready to simplify where I can. I love clean lines and neutral colors, which are both a big part of minimalist style. I kept both of these things in mind when I was setting this table, but before we take a look, I want to tell you that at the end of the post, some of my friends are sharing their spring tablescape ideas too. They are all beautiful, so make sure to pay them a visit.
Elements of a Minimalist Style Table Setting
One of the characteristics of minimalist style is using only what is necessary…in other words the “bare” essentials. The linens used for this table setting follow that idea by featuring only a simple table runner and cloth napkins, both in neutral shades. Although pattern is usually avoided, geometric shapes are not, so the checked napkins work beautifully.
A Simple Centerpiece
I had planned to use one of my ironstone pitchers, filled with spring flowers, for the centerpiece. However, when I spied this footed bowl at Target, I knew it was perfect for this minimalist style table setting. This bowl is destined to become one of my hard-working, go-to accessories, and I put it to use right away. Some kraft filler, and faux speckled eggs add texture, color, and just the right amount of seasonal charm.
Neutral, monochromatic colors are the core of minimalist style, which is just fine with me because that’s what I love the most. Even though I always find a way to work in my beloved navy blue, a neutral color palette is what makes me happy and comfortable. It also makes it super easy to mix and match different styles of tableware. One way to make sure that your neutral colors don’t become boring is to add texture. The roughness of the wicker placemats compliments the smooth plates, so the opposite textures add that much needed interest.
Although I love sparkle and bling, keeping those two things subdued is a part of embracing minimalist style. The flatware and sterling candlesticks are all the shine this table needs. Adding crystal is also a great way to bring in shine and reflect the light. Crystal takes up no visual space, and has no color, so it’s the perfect accessory for a minimalist style table.
Blank space serves two purposes when you are planning a minimalist style table setting. It provides ample room for placing serving dishes or platters, and it also allows the place settings to be the star of the show. Blank space speaks to one of the core philosophies of minimalist style…and that is using only what is necessary.
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- footed bowl
- beaded dinner plates
- checked napkins
- ivory salad plates
- table runner (similar)
- round placemat
- kraft filler
- small faux egg filler
- blue speckled eggs
Minimalist style isn’t for everyone, but like so many things in life, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It’s a simple process to clear the clutter, eliminate the unnecessary, and provide breathing space. If you’ve been wondering how to streamline your home’s decor, this is a great way to start. Just keep reminding yourself…less is more, and simple is best.
Now it’s time to take a look at what my friends are sharing…enjoy!