Decorating with the Skirted Table

5 Ways to Decorate With The Throwback Skirted Table Look

Once upon a time it was the favorite furniture of great aunties and grandmothers, and the skirted table is back - and it's a big trend.

Before turning your thoughts to the stale ruffles of the past, you should know that today's table skirts blend modern style with traditional elegance, adding a distinctive splash of color while creating secret hiding places for all your belongings.

"I see them everywhere, also because traditional design returns," says Lindsay MacRae of the eponymous interior design firm in New York City.

"Skirts also soften a space in response to the hard angles and edges that have spread throughout the design," adds Jana Phipps, a beautification expert known as "The Trim Queen."

If you want to freshen up a room without consuming a bundle (and who can not?), The edged table can be a quick fix, says Justin Riordan, founder of design agency Spade and Archer. Most furniture costs a fortune in terms of time and money to repopulate, but a table skirt is usually less than $ 100.

"It takes less than an hour - including steam ironing - to change one," he says. "Let us bring back the rimmed table!"

We will not skirt the problem any longer (sorry). Reading on for Five Great Choices A table skirt can be your secret weapon when it comes to home decor.

1. Use a Skirted Table to Meet and Greet Guests

The definitive spot for a skirted table is a foyer or entryway where it often sets the home's tone with a curated tabletop design.

"You can skirt a round table under a chandelier, or put one on an elongated console with a pair of lamps," MacRae suggests.

They're also very at home in a formal living room, whether front and center or off to the side on end tables. Phipps loves to see a skirted piece in the middle of a room.

"It's like a welcoming table in a ball gown," she says.

Since a table in the foyer will likely see heavy use, consider a piece of custom glass on top.

"It'll hold the fabric in place, and it's easy to wipe clean," notes Catherine Pulcine of CPI Interiors

5. Adorn a Skirted Table with Chic Panels and Trim

Now is your chance for a splash of color.

"A table skirt is a great way to add structure, print or shadow to your design theme," says Phipps. "But if you want to choose a solid fabric, cut it with a drawstring to coordinate it with the rest of your decor."

And think of your table skirt seasonally.

"Red in December, orange with black cobwebs in October, mint green in May and of course in July," says Riordan.

4. Tuck clutter behind a Skirted Table

When it comes to organizing and de-cluttering, a skirted table really shines. Take advantage of this secret storage, and stash board games, out-of-season shoes, books, holiday decor, or even infrequently used kitchen gear under the fabric.

2. Take a Skirted Table to the Bedroom

Who needs an expensive, coordinated bedroom set if you can just throw on a table-top skirt? Try a skirt on a bedside table or in a reading corner. Or choose a soft, draped fabric for a bedroom vanity.

"A framed dressing table is the epitome of feminine glamour," says MacRae.

3. Let a Skirted Table Hide the Bathroom Plumbing

Nobody wants to see this pile of toilet paper, the dirty butts or a pile of cleaning supplies. The same applies to twisted bathroom pipes. The solution? Phipps installed a skirt around the sink of her farmhouse to hide the water pipes and create better storage.

"I also circled other sinks and replaced the 80's cabinet fronts until I could make a full remodel," she says. But the look was so appealing, she decided to keep it.

"I love this bathroom now because the soft baseboards have brought the room up to date and my inherited teal sinks look more deliberate."

Do you want to make it cheap and easy? Simply attach a Velcro to a skirt and place it on a stand basin.

Choose Fabric for Your Table Wisely

Sheer material will reveal your hidden storage, so choose an opaque fabric instead. And ruffles of any kind fall directly into the category "do not do".

"They are just so outdated and overly" country "," says Phipps. "Decide on wrinkles or window frames with tape, now a great design trend."

As far as fabrics are concerned, everything that is well draped would be suitable for a table skirt.

"If the material does not look good as a window treatment, do not use it on a table," advises MacRae.

And when your skirt is in the bathtub or under a sink, you need performance fabrics - something washable that offers mildew and dirt repellency.

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