Design details: how to create a tablescape

Tablescapes are a good way to show off your favourite collections and add a new point of interest to a room. Homes & Gardens show you how to create tablescapes that are both stylish and practical. For more design ideas, visit

White ceramics and neatly stacked books, some of which reflect the room's colour scheme, offer a point of interest.

Coffee table
BarberOsgerby at Viaduct

1/5 Books

coffee table with books

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Carolyn Barber)

Daunt Books

2/5 Plant power

table with potted plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Carolyn Barber)

A mix of heights and textures gives this collection of pot plants great impact.

I & JL Brown
Plants and pots
Clifton Nurseries

3/5 Practical charm

bedside chair with tray coffee mug and telephone

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Carolyn Barber)

Displays can be practical as well as charming as this bedside example shows.

Margaret Howell

4/5 Beach beauty

table with blue tray and shells soap and sponge in it

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Carolyn Barber)

Shells, soaps and a natural sponge make a fitting collection for a bathroom.

Sea sponge and soaps
Compagnie de Provence at Selfridges

5/5 Toy story

bedside table with ferns and miniature animals

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Carolyn Barber)

Vintage toys provide detail, while fronds of fern enhance a green and white scheme.

Side table
Miniature animals
M Charpentier Antiques

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.