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Decorating With A Table Runner

Updated on August 20, 2013

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For Your Table

To complete your Christmas table theme, use a table runner. It can be a valuable part of your Holiday table setting. With or without a matching tablecloth or place mats, it will add dimension to your chosen décor.

In my search for table runners, I have discovered some beautiful runners with intensely rich color and some more neutral in appearance, to be used in a more formal setting. They can be fun and they can be elegant. Choose your favorite and begin planning your table décor.

When my table is not in use, I leave a table runner on it for added charm and color. It also protects the wood on my table. Place a centerpiece on the runner for a focal point. Add other table items around your centerpiece as needed. These can include candles, plants, trays, whatever you choose to decorate with.

Runners can be used on the dining room table and also on the kitchen table. I use a more casual and colorful runner in my kitchen eating area.

Different Seasons

Table runners can be changed from season to season. For Fall, use fall colors and designs. Amazon has a great choice of colors and designs. For Spring, try using a lighter color of fabric to reflect the change from winter.

I decorate with cloth napkins that coordinate with my runner and place mats. A pretty napkin holder can add a finished touch to the appearance of your table. If you don't like washing the cloth napkins, use paper napkins when you eat and let the fancy napkins be mere decorations.

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Other Ideas

Ross Dress For Less is a wonderful source for elegant table runners. They carry a wide selection of quality choices and you can't beat the prices, usually under ten dollars.

I sometimes use a short runner on the table located behind the sofa. It provides some added color to my seasonal decorating.

Runners can be used for weddings, parties, almost anywhere. I have seen table runners on entry hall tables by the front door. They are excellent tools for decorating. Did you ever notice that table runners are often used in gift shops to add color and variety to store shelves?

Remember, whatever the season, a new table runner is an effective way to decorate!


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  • breakfastpop profile image


    10 years ago

    It's strange I love the look and idea of a runner, but I don't own one. I'll have to do something about that.

  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I have a really beautiful table runner for the Christmas season I bought last year. I agree that they can be used for many occasions as they are so attractive.


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