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What? A Neutral Table For Valentines?

I know most of us immediately think pink and red when it comes to Valentine’s Decor! However, what about neutral Valentine’s Decor?

I don’t personally feel that your decor style has to change drastically to create a fun and festive Valentine’s table. So today, I’m sharing Neutral vs. Reds and Pink when styling your table for Valentine’s.

I’m sharing how I put together two completely different table settings that reflect a Valentine’s Theme!

First, let me say I didn’t leave the house! I only used items I had on hand to create both of these tables.

Neutral Valentine’s Decor

I have been gathering a few things for Spring. Some are new items, but most are vintage finds—some I’ve had for years, and others I’ve picked up recently at Thrift Stores.

Neutral Valentine's Day Decor for a fun twist on a traditional tablescape.  Add texture with table runner and woven plate mats
Neutral Table

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But for now, let’s get started.

Let’s begin with a neutral table, and here are some step-by-step methods I use when planning my table.

Neutral Valentine's Day Decor.  Add texture with table runner and woven place mats
Lots of texture

Add Texture for a Neutral Valentine’s Decor Tablescape

I begin planning my neutral Valentine’s Decor tablescape by adding texture.

This helps to keep the table setting from disappearing on the table. I’ve used woven placemats, and the table runner is a handcrafted macrame runner. Both add lots of texture immediately.

Add DIY paper hearts to table setting for a farmhouse style Valentine's Day Tablescape.
DIY Heart Garland

Next, I add a couple of my DIY heart garlands. These were made using old music sheets and red construction paper. I strung them together with jute twine.

Add DIY paper heart garlands to table setting for a farmhouse style Valentine's Day Tablescape.
White on White plates

Next, I used a combination of new large white plates and vintage ironstone plates. I love mixing old and new!

Add paper heart to center of bowl with a ceramic white bird
White bowl with a music sheet heart and a little love bird

I then added these french ironstone bowls on top of the plates. Inside I tucked another of the hearts cut from old sheet music and held them in place with a cute little white bird. We’ll assume it’s a LOVE bird.

DIY Neutral Tablescape

Several DIY projects include the paper heart garlands, and the silverware cones help to decorate the neutral table.

Use vintage music pages to make a cutlery silverware cone .  Tie with red and white checked fabric.
Silverware cone from vintage sheet music with a fabric bow.

To keep the sheet music theme going, I made silverware cones from old hymnal pages and tied them with some red check fabric I had on hand. I placed them on a white napkin for added impact.

Neutral Table Centerpiece

I decided to add a milk glass cake stand to the center of the table.

Neutral Valentine's Decor for a Galentine's Day Tablescape with farmhouse touches.

I initially added a eucalyptus ring to the top of the stand, but it felt too heavy, so I placed it under the stand. The brass bird salt and pepper shakers are vintage family heirlooms.

Neutral Valentine's Decor for a Valentine's Day Tablescape with farmhouse touches.

Next, I added two sets of candle sticks for a more neutral Valentine’s decor.

I painted both groups’ thrift store finds with Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

It’s important to keep these pieces at varying heights. So I placed one on the cake stand and one on the table beside it.

Neutral Valentine's Decor with white dishes, thrifted white candlesticks, DIY paper garlands and cutlery cones.

You can see that I added a stack of ironstone dessert plates underneath one of the small candle sticks to help vary the height and make this whole space more eye appealing. You can then use the dishes when dessert is served as well. I added several more pieces of ironstone to the table to balance it.

Neutral Valentine's Decor with white dishes, thrifted white candlesticks, DIY paper garlands and cutlery cones.

You can see the cream and sugar bowls on the cake place, the butter pat plates, and a gravy bowl. The vintage water goblets were one of my latest thrift store finds at The Triad Goodwill.

Neutral Valentine's Decor with white dishes, thrifted white candlesticks, DIY paper garlands and cutlery cones.

I’m loving this neutral Valentine’s table decor

White neutral Valentine's Day Tablescape.

I was able to create this whole table with mostly items I’ve had on hand for some time. I used a few new thrift store finds that literally cost pennies. The macrame table runner and the eucalyptus ring are new items for Spring! This neutral table is complete with my Spring Cow Painting “Faith”!

Traditional Valentines Colors

Here is another look at the same table with more traditional colors for Valentine’s! It will be interesting to see if you prefer the neutral Valentine’s decor or the colorful design.

I was able to pick a few new daffodils blooms yesterday! (I know, crazy here in February!) They are so lovely, and I had to incorporate them into this fun, festive table.

Fresh Daffodills and red, white and pink fill a traditional colorful Valentine's Day table Setting
Reds and Pinks combine perfectly with the yellows and greens!

As you can tell, I like a bird theme, whether Traditional Colors or Neutral! Here are a few of the planning steps that went into creating this table setting.

Add texture to Valentine's Day Centerpiece with ironstone pitcher and fresh daffodils.
Same runner and DIY heart garland. I just flipped several of the hearts over to the red construction paper side. I added the green thistle garland, red cake stand and white pitcher with fresh daffodils.
Traditional colors for a Valentine's Day Decor Tablescape.
These bird dishes add just the perfect color combination

Using these festive dinner plates, bird plates, salt and pepper shakers, and vintage green goblets changes the feel of this space.

I also added some additional pops of yellow with a water pitcher and a salad bowl.

Traditional colors for a Valentine's Day Decor Tablescape. Bird Dishes and macrame table runner.
The same candlesticks look complete different with a fresh green candles from Hobby Lobby.

Notice I changed out the pitcher holding the daffodils. This pitcher has a wonderful aged patina and works better with this table setting. It was a recent thrift store find, and I love using new finds in exciting ways.

Traditional colors for a Valentine's Day Decor Tablescape.  Red and White bird dishes and green vintage water goblets

This table setting was also created using many items I’ve picked up from thrift stores. However, the bird dishes, the thistle garland, and the macrame table runner are all new for this Spring.

Thanks so much for making it to the end.

Share with me below which style you prefer.

Regardless of your preference, I hope you got some tips on planning your table styling for Valentine’s and into the summer months. You can always feel free to comment and ask me questions here.

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Which do you prefer?  Neutral Valentine's Tablescape or Traditional Colorful Tablescape?

Chrissie O.

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your neutral tablescape!!!! However, cutting up old sheet music makes my heart hurt - I am a pianist for 47 years, and I hunt for beautiful old sheet music and actually frame it!!!

My solution? There is quite a lot of sheet music available for free download online. I also own CDs of all Bach/Mozart/Handel/Beethoven piano music. So, I'll print out a few pages and tea-stain the paper to "age" it; then dry thoroughly and punch (or decoupage), etc., depending on the project.

But what a lovely table - any guest would feel honored to be seated at a table with so much care and attention taken to make it so beautiful!!! Cheers!!! ~Chrissie

Rachel

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

Chrissie, I'm so glad you liked this table. Thanks for stopping by.

Ann

Thursday 30th of December 2021

Rachel, I'm going to share this beautiful table in Valentine's Day round up coming to the blog soon!

Rachel

Thursday 30th of December 2021

Ann, I really appreciate this.

Julie

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

I really liked both n love that macrame runner! Yet I'm a gal for color so my vote is the second one. Love the creativity re that heart pillow too! Always looking forward to your next appearance in my email box!!!

rahrags@gmail.com

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Julie, Thanks so much for your sweet compliments. I look forward to sharing more adventures with you.

Heather

Saturday 8th of February 2020

I love your neutral Valentine tablescape! I love how you explained step by step in pictures! Such great pictures and a beautiful table!

rahrags@gmail.com

Sunday 9th of February 2020

I appreciate your input Heather! I'm so glad you like it.

Lori @houseonwren

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Rachel, love your blog - so glad I signed up. Both tablescapes are lovely and your post was so informative!

rahrags@gmail.com

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Lori, Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to sharing more on this blog.