Open-Air Flair

Designer Lane Oliver has a few tips for creating a bright, whimsical summer tablescape like the one she designed here. Start with the backdrop: the table or the tablecloth. “I fell in love with this large floral print tablecloth,” she says. “The scale and the charm of the pom-poms brought life to the patio.” Use color, but use it evenly, so that even bold color palettes—like Oliver’s—feel balanced. Keep an eye on the scale of items: “I selected patterned plates and bowls that were of a smaller scale than the print on the tablecloth.

Designer Lane Oliver has a few tips for creating a bright, whimsical summer tablescape like the one she designed here. Start with the backdrop: the table or the tablecloth. “I fell in love with this large floral print tablecloth,” she says. “The scale and the charm of the pom-poms brought life to the patio.” Use color, but use it evenly, so that even bold color palettes—like Oliver’s—feel balanced. Keep an eye on the scale of items: “I selected patterned plates and bowls that were of a smaller scale than the print on the tablecloth. When you use multiple patterns, which you should, vary the scale, so the patterns aren’t fighting with one another.” And finally, have fun when you’re setting a table for outdoor dining. “Your design should celebrate the joy of entertaining outdoors.”


Green bird napkin rings, Z Gallerie, Denver, zgallerie.com. Red-and-white polka dot napkins, Sur La Table, Denver and Lakewood, surlatable.com.
Galtech umbrella, to the trade, Whitney Evans, Denver Design District, whitneyevansltd.com.
Williamsburg Fabrics Griffin Flower Print, Schumacher, Denver Design District, fschumacher.com.
Tracy Torter, Lemon Chiffon Plates, Neiman Marcus, Denver, neimanmarcus.com.

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