When setting your dining table, it can be a hard decision to use a tablecloth, runners, or even a combination of the two to create the right impact on your guests and show off your aesthetic sense. A quick look at the pros and cons of each method to help you decide on the best way of doing up your table:
A table runner is ideal for those with a handsome table they like to show off yet want to protect it from food and drink spills and stains. Typically, runners are placed along the length of the table in the center, leaving other sides exposed; however, there are many other styles of laying runners to highlight your table setting. Some of the benefits of using runners on your tables include adding color, texture, and visual interest to your dining and other tables while not obscuring the table’s beauty. Depending on your choice of color, pattern, texture, and placement, you can be as refined or dramatic as you like.
You can choose from several ways of placing your runners. Using the conventionally long runners allows you to create a dramatic look, while the shorter ones can help to highlight the centerpiece. Laying down two runners so they cross each other can help focus attention on the table’s center. As far as functionality is concerned, runners allow the centerpiece to be highlighted. They also give better protection to the table from hot dishes. Being smaller than tablecloths, table runners are also easier to clean and maintain.
There are not too many cons of using runners, but some who are more accustomed to using tablecloths may find the smaller runners not matching their sense of aesthetics. Further, you will still need to use placemats to avoid the table surface getting dirty unless you place several runners across the table’s width. Also, it can prevent the dishes from sitting evenly on the table due to the raised edges of the runners.
Tablecloths are effective when you want to cover your table completely either because it is too precious to be spoilt by food and drink spills on it or too ugly for it to be seen by guests. When you put a nice tablecloth on the table, it does not matter how the table looks. According to BBC, the decision to use a tablecloth depends on the condition of your table. A classy tablecloth can instantly improve the table’s appearance and make your guests feel special. Another advantage of using a tablecloth is you can easily shake off dry food debris without creating a mess on the floor and it is good to go again. There is no doubt that with the variety of fabrics, colors, and patterns available, a tablecloth is a great buy for freshening up your dining table, inside your home or outside.
Whether you use a runner or a tablecloth is largely a matter of personal choice and the extent you want to reveal your table surface. You should decide on your choice keeping in mind your personal style, the occasion, and the profile of your guests.