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Change Things Up Easily with Cloth Table Linens

Updated on April 24, 2013
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When you have a place of your own to call home, arguably the best part of it is having the freedom to make it look just how you want. From the paint colors to the art on the walls, everything you use to decorate can make your home feel all the more inviting. In the kitchen and dining room, tea towels and cloth table linens can add a subtle hint of your personality. For example, if you love to bake, tea towels with cupcakes on them would be a great way to show off your personality. When paired with a complementary table cloth, the look is tied together.

Not everyone is an interior decorator, though. It can be difficult to pick what you want your place to look like. That lime green paint or having an eggplant-colored accent wall might seem like a great idea now, but will you hate it in a few months? It's important to take a little bit of time to really decide what you want your home to look like in the long run. While painting isn't a permanent thing, it can be inconvenient and expensive to repaint over and over if you don't like the colors you choose initially. Save yourself some time and don't make a rash decision about wall color. Similarly, choosing accessories and decorations that are too boring can also make you unhappy with the way your home looks—remember all those off-white apartments you lived in? Thankfully, cloth table linens are an impermanent and inexpensive way to change things up, which is great especially if you live in one of those off-white apartments and your landlord won't let you paint. In the springtime, change to a floral pattern or bright, fresh color. In the fall, you can subdue things a bit with shades of burgundy, orange, and yellow to mimic the changing leaves outside. Changing a tablecloth is much more cost-effective than changing the paint color every season, not to mention much easier.

If you're trying to cover up an ugly or damaged table at your home, tablecloths are a great way to do that, and inexpensively as well. If the table in your kitchen or dining room has been in the family for a few generations and the finish isn't what it once was, a table cloth is a great solution for being able to keep using the table without spending a lot of money on refinishing it. Furthermore, if the table's color clashes with the rest of your home's decor—say, if it's black and overpowers everything else in the room—cloth table linens can cover it up and make everything in the room a little bit more balanced.

When it comes to things like event planning, tablecloths are an important part. If you're renting a room at a banquet hall, it's likely that the owners of the hall offer up tables that have been used for years. In this case, table linens help cover up uneven surfaces, ugly wood, or cheap looking fabric-covered tables. They also set the theme for your event. If it's a work event, solid-colors send the message of professionalism. However, in the event of an anniversary or birthday party or wedding reception, linens can create a mood for the guests. A holiday party can be enhanced with color-coordinated linens for the season or prints that evoke the holiday spirit—for example, using a red table cloth for Christmas or a gold one for New Year's Eve will get your guests into the party mood.

If you don't want to purchase table cloths for your home or event—because you're not sure what you want yet or because you have to cover 50 tables and won't need 50 table cloths after the event—there are plenty of companies that rent cloth table linens. When choosing one of those companies, especially if you're planning an event, it's obviously important to consider their pricing and your budget. Companies that offer more options may be able to offer better deals for what you need, but more importantly, they'll be able to give you what you really want so you don't have to settle for a color, texture, or print that you don't absolutely love. These companies can also offer other linens for your event, from table overlays to chair covers or ties to napkins. Color coordinating the linens at your event is an easy way to make a theme really pop.

Whatever your end goal is—to change the look of your apartment or house and make it more homey, to present a clean, crisp look for a work conference, or to throw a wedding reception that no one will be able to forget—choosing cloth table linens should be an integral part of the decoration process.

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