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RL Tips: Styling Your Dining Table

Stylist Issa Villar shares some helpful tips to turn your dining table into a functional and stylish piece


Whether you’re hosting a fancy dinner party or a laid-back weeknight meal, the dining room is where you and your loved ones can come together to bond over good food. It’s the spot in your home that should be kept pretty and practical at the same time. Maximize your dining table with the help of these tips from stylist Issa Villar. 

Styling by Sunshine Selga Funa. Assisted by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article ("How to style a dining table") in the July 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

How to make it work:

Size Matters

Make sure that your dining table is proportionate your room, “The table should neither be too big that it leaves no room to walk around it, or too small that there’s wasted space,” says Issa.

Sync it with your room’s overall look.

According to Issa, you can pair your table with a different set of chairs to make it more stylish and less contrived. However, for formal entertaining, it’s best to stick to matching chairs.

Don’t make it a dumping ground.

Don’t turn your table into an instant eyesore by leaving unnecessary condiments, grocery items or medicines on top of it. “Dress the table with a few accessories. This way, you won’t be tempted to put anything on top of your dining table,” Issa adds.

Practice restraint.

Choose pieces that are light and easy to move around come mealtime. Candlesticks, a bowl of fruits or a bunch of flowers are ideal.

Add a refreshing touch.

You may choose to add decorative plants like succulents on a tray. This easy idea can add a natural and relaxed vibe to the space before eating.

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