Interior designer Lindsey Harper (lchinteriors.com) gives a nod to the punchy hues and seaside motifs of Palm Beach, Florida, with her preppy and posh table setting.
Brighten your table with these three easy tips.
1. Start with linens. "Keep the table surface neutral, using napkins and place mats to play up a particular palette," says Lindsey.
2. Shop the produce aisle. "Centerpieces created from fruit and flowers found at the supermarket lend color for little cost," she says.
3. Use distinctive glassware. Look for colorful glasses at thrift stores, or bring out your family heirlooms. "It's always beautiful when you mix new with old and color with clear," Lindsey says.
Repeated use of bamboo and coral incorporates beachy motifs into the table setting. The sophisticated color scheme of turquoise, gold, and coral keeps it from looking overly themed.
Use hand-lettered place cards to welcome guests in style. The loopy calligraphy is elegant yet playful, while the turquoise-colored ink complements vivid blues on the table and chair seats.
Inexpensive conch shell whistles (orientaltrading.com) are taken up a notch thanks to a gilded finish. Achieve this luxe look with the help of a gold-leafing kit available from a crafts store.
Pile a white clamshell or bowl with lemons for an instant—and affordable—centerpiece.