3 homeowners share their favorite summer table looks.


Whatever your style is, it’s the small, personal touches that brighten up a table, whether you’re eating indoors or outside, with the family or entertaining guests. We found inspiration from 3 homeowners who love to personalise.

Create a natural summer picnic feel indoors.

Who says table runners have to run lengthways? And why wouldn’t you use old pairs of jeans as cushion covers? For Hester, decorating is about having fun with new combinations. Her dining area feels carefree and inviting; she’s sewn tea towels together to make table runners, which makes the setting feel special, but leaves parts of the wooden surface exposed, so it still feels relaxed and natural.

IKEA Ideas - 3 homeowners share their favorite summer table looks

Lay the table with care.

"We always eat together as a family," says Graça. "It’s a part of our daily routine that we all appreciate." Making a dinner setting feel special doesn’t have to take a long time. Even laying individual placemats, with stacks of circular plates, bowls and glasses, can look artistic and inviting. "When I’m entertaining, I simply add flowers and some color to the table to make it more special. I love to mix patterns; I don’t like anything to be too matchy," she adds.

Make it impromptu with a simple rustic table setting.

"A table setting can be quite simple," explains Hans, a stylist whose Parisian apartment is personal, but not perfect. What catches his eye in a home? "Texture. Color. Random things put together." For a quick lunch, he serves quiche, cheese on a wooden chopping board and a fresh baguette wrapped in a white cloth, so nothing distracts from the food itself. And what does he set the table with? "Just plates and cutlery and a wrinkled linen tablecloth. I don"t like perfection!"

IKEA Ideas - 3 homeowners share their favorite summer table looks
IKEA Ideas - 3 homeowners share their favorite summer table looks

"We love having brunch and inviting friends over for buffet-style dinners. Everyone can chat easily around our narrow table – it"s great for conversation!"

"I love to update my decorations and dining area. Change is renewal and makes the energy of the house feel different and happy."

"Home is all about food and eating and socialising and being together... it"s not a showcase."