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Rustic Fall Table Setting

Get inspired by this gorgeous Rustic Fall Table Setting with accent colours of blue and terracotta. Lovely for fall dinners and casual gatherings.

If you’re looking for some fall dinner table decoration inspiration, I’m sharing a pretty rustic fall table setting idea with pops of terracotta and blue. Simple ideas you can apply to your own table decorating.

a wooden table set with a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange and white candles, fall floral arrangement, blue pumpkins and wine glasses

There’s something about fall.

That just makes me want to decorate and nest and make everything cozy, including our dinner table. Now of course I don’t set the table like this for all of our dinners (can you imagine?!), but I do like to set the table for special occasions like a fall dinner party, Sunday Supper and of course a Thanksgiving table. When you keep the decor simple (and inexpensive), it’s really easy to set it when you feel like it. Tablescapes just feel so festive, all year round.

an image of a white couch filled with blue and terracotta coloured pillows. in the background is a wooden table set with a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange and white candles, fall floral arrangement, blue pumpkins and wine glasses

You don’t need a dining room.

We don’t have a separate dining room in our home, just an eating nook off of our open concept kitchen. This space is visible to the entire main floor, so I always like it to look nice, and to match with the rest of the fall decorating. You don’t need a dining room to set a pretty table…embrace what you have.

an image of a white couch filled with blue and terracotta coloured pillows. in the background is a wooden table set with a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange and white candles, fall floral arrangement, blue pumpkins and wine glasses

Terracotta and Blue for fall.

This fall I am LOVING terracotta and blue together. I’ve always loved this colour combination, but this year it’s really speaking to me. These two colours just seem to match so nicely…you get that fall feeling with the rust/terracotta, and the blue adds a nice pop of colour. This year I’ve added these colours to my fall living room (which I’m sharing later this week, stay tuned!), and I’ve also carried these colours over to my rustic fall table setting.

a wooden table set with a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange and white candles, fall floral arrangement, blue pumpkins and wine glasses

Casual Fall Centrepiece

I don’t usually make a traditional centrepiece for my dining tables. Instead I like to add a collection of pretty things to create a sort of ‘centrepiece’. For this table, I grouped together candles, decorative pumpkins and a small bouquet of fall foliage instead of large floral arrangements. I like the rustic and casual look of this…it has a really cozy harvest feel. It’s also really easy to move these things around once the food gets to the table.

a front view of a wooden table set with a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange and white candles, fall floral arrangement, blue pumpkins and wine glasses
a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, a wooden bowl, orange napkin and wine glass on a wooden table

A Mixture of Old and New

One of the things I really enjoy about putting together a table setting, is mixing all different elements together. New items, with thrifted items. Old dishes with new dishes. Fresh florals with dried. Different colours of candles. There are so many things you can do.

a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, a wooden bowl, orange napkin and wine glass on a wooden table. in the background is a blue pumpkin and a fall leave arrangement

I found some treasures!

I’m a really casual thrifter who looks for very specific things when I’m scouring the shelves at the thrift store. I’m mostly looking for dishes for my different seasonal table settings. Last year I found a beautiful set of Manitou-Grindley dishes that I used for a fall table setting…so fun! This summer I found such a score, these gorgeous wooden salad bowls, and for only $10! They are a set of Baribo-Maid maple wooden bowls made here in Canada since 1922 (I don’t know how old these particular ones are). I love them so much, they’re in great condition and add such a warm touch to my table…wooden bowls are hot this season!

a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, a wooden bowl, orange napkin and wine glass on a wooden table

Layer layer layer

When putting together this table setting I layered my dishes, starting with simple, neutral grass placemats. Then I added a dinner plate and side plate…these white plates are my everyday casual dishes. These white dishes are great because they’re classic so they go with everything. Then I added my fabulous maple salad bowls over a set of fall linen napkins.

a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, a wooden bowl, orange napkin and wine glass on a wooden table

When I was thrifting I also found a set of 6 smoky coloured drinking glasses for $6! I couldn’t believe my eyes. They are a perfect addition to my dinner table, and look so pretty next to my crystal wine glasses.

a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange candles, blue pumpkins and wine glasses on a wooden table

Simple Fall Table Decorations

Then I finished everything off by adding some simple fall decor. Stems of dried fall leaves, some blue floral stems to tie in the blue and terracotta. I added some white and orange candles for ambiance, as well as a few faux pumpkins in blue. Simple and SO PRETTY. I’m loving my rustic fall table setting.

a wooden table with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange candles, blue pumpkins and wine glasses

All set for dinner!

I love how it all came together! All the rustic colours and textures. The simplicity of it…including the fact that it really just took me minutes to put together…and with not a lot of money either. The key is to have a good starting base, then adding seasonal decor is easy. Now there’s nothing left to do but fill the table with delicious food and my favourite guests.

an image of a white couch filled with blue and terracotta coloured pillows. in the background is a wooden table set with a rustic fall table setting with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange and white candles, fall floral arrangement, blue pumpkins and wine glasses
a wooden table set with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange and white candles, fall floral arrangement, blue pumpkins and wine glasses

5 Fall Table Setting Tips:

Here are 5 tips for setting a simple and pretty fall table!

  • Start with neutral dishes. Set your table with neutral dishes then layer on accent pieces. Having a set of neutral dishes makes table setting all year round easy!
  • Hit the Thrift Store! Thrift stores are great places to find dishes, glasses, cutlery and seasonal pieces to decorate your table.
  • Add natural elements! Head outdoors to find budget-friendly decor for your fall table. Items like fall leaves, grasses, wheat, berries, fresh or dried flowers and even fresh fruit like apples and pears. And of course, don’t forget about pumpkins and gourds!
  • Choose an accent colour (or two!). There are many different colours you can use for fall accent pieces on your table…blue, terracotta, orange, yellow, red, maroon and more! Napkins, cups, table runners, pumpkins, and flowers are a great way to add pops of colour.
  • Keep it simple!  Enjoy the process of setting your table and remember that it doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful!
a wooden table set with white dishes, wooden bowls, orange candles, blue pumpkins and wine glasses on a wooden table

Happy Fall!

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