Here are a few great examples of taking risks with patterns. In otherwise very simple and muted rooms, the pillows, rugs, throw blankets, and artwork bring character to the space. That doesn’t always mean it is a ‘young’ look. Patterns can look sophisticated too. Take a look.
Whether you’re entertaining or not, your dining table should always have some type of dressing. If you’re not actually using the space, that’s okay but there is no excuse not to set up a display of floral arrangements or a cluster of vases.
If you are hosting but don’t want to do something too overwhelming, try a mixture of glass and metal candlestick holders in varying heights and a serving tray for displaying your nosh. And don’t forget the libations--those should always be close by.