Tips and Guides

Table Setting Ideas (Part 2)

Be inspired by this medley of vignettes styled by interior styling students


As a final requirement, students of an interior styling class were asked to style a table setting for two. Here are more table setting ideas that you may want to consider for your parties and get-togethers.

Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("Turning Tables") in the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Mountain Romance

By Claudia Gray and Andrea Rubio

The concept of this setting was inspired by the photograph of an old Ifugao man that Claudia took when she explored the Cordillera Region in one of her travels. Amazed by the tradition and the rich culture of the Ifugaos, the pair artfully incorporated the ethnic group’s unique customs and culture to their set-up.

“We wanted to highlight the richness of their items,” the pair says. Even the accessories were chosen with care—the bul’ol, or rice god, is prominently displayed; authentic woven baskets hang on the wall as is the native practice; wood carvings and woven cloth are generously displayed, creating a solid look that is both romantic and traditional. 

Real Tip: When dealing with a tribal theme, use indigenous accessories but update them by adding contemporary, clean-lined furniture pieces into the mix.

The Proposal

By Paula Noelker and Lucia Witbooi

Paula and Lucia decided to go for a situational set-up. The petals strewn on the floor and the emphasis on the tea lights they ingeniously placed on the wall paint the picture of a romantic proposal.

“We want to enhance what we have at home and make it look better,” Lucia shares. The pair also experimented with a simple red-and-white color scheme and added foolproof accessories like floor lamps from Firma to create dimension. 

Real Tip: For a softer and safer way to set the mood, use battery-operated tea lights, which are available at major hardware stores.


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Drama Queen

By Stephanie Ku, Dawn Sanchez, and Jessica Manilay Santos

The contemporary modern style was given an old-world, Baroque flavor in this dining setup. The armchairs got an overhaul with their bold new look in noir, while the stripes and damask patterns share a scene in this dramatic take on a formal table setting. Different heirloom pieces amid toned-down metallic hues heighten the grandeur of the era.

Real Tip: Stick to a simple monochrome palette when dealing with bold, dramatic patterns.


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