Mediterranean-inspired Tablescape Styling: From Rustic to Coastal

We’re off to the Mediterranean again! After launching this exciting series with an Aegean-inspired seafood BBQ menu, our focus naturally moves to helping you style your tablescape with that distinctive Mediterranean warmth and appeal. As our featured examples and product picks will show, you could choose a rustic Italian country style or opt for a coastal look with influences from the Greek isles amid sparkling seas. Either way, the result will be fabulously inviting! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Country-style Mediterranean Charm

via Cooking Channel TV, styled by Camille Styles

Such a welcoming table we found via Cooking Channel TV, styled by Camille Styles with country-style elements you can easily replicate. Note the wooden bowls piled with fresh lemons, rattan chargers, simple plateware with turquoise napkins, and a DIY hand-painted runner. Then, for each guest, a jar of homemade marinated olives. So charming!

Greek Oasis Inspiration + DIY Dip-Dye’

Via Tanya of Dans le Lakehouse

Another rustic table setting, this time from Tanya of Dans le Lakehouse. We love how she made these bright blue DIY dip-dye napkins, inspired by a Greek oasis, as the star of the tablescape, then matched them with blue-bead napkin rings. Such sunny centerpieces, too, using lemon slices, yellow tulips, and hydrangeas. (Good news: her post is actually a tutorial for the dip-dye napkins. So give it a try!)

Aegean-inspired Turquoise Tablescape

photo courtesy of La Famiglia Design LLC

This casual table from La Famiglia Design LLC is unmistakably inspired by the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean! From blue-rimmed bowls to turquoise napkins, placemats, and condiment dishes to blue-tinted glassware, it’s a vibrant setting for even simple antipasti, salads, and breadsticks.

Pretty Porch Table Setting

Jenn of Loveland Lodge

Here, Jenn of Loveland Lodge presents a delightful porch tablescape inspired by a trip to Greece – using elements she already had, found at thrift stores, or received as presents. The result is a warmly personal look that plays on the colors of bright blue (plates and vases), crisp white (table linens), and hot pink (store-bought carnations and a potted impatiens plant). Multi-colored bead napkin rings add a hint of whimsy.

“Dinner by the Sea” Tablescape

photo via Hen House Linens

You can almost feel the balmy sea breeze with this lovely table setting in coral and aqua from Hen House Linens. Gives you an idea how just a distinctive color combo and choice of pattern in your table cloth, runner, placemats, and napkins can transport you to the Grecian coast. Just add handpainted vessels, potted herbs, crusty crostinis and dips, a bottle of wine, and oil and vinegar cruets to await your Mediterranean meal!

Greek-inspired in Blue and Gold

Lovely Crafty Home

Thanks to Rachael of Lovely Crafty Home, you can pick up tips on simulating a Greek look for your table as she did. She carefully sourced houseware items from her favorite outlets – a blue table cloth, a woven runner, gold chargers, blue-striped napkins, white pillar candles – added these to elements she already owned, and completed the effect with sprigs of seeded eucalyptus.

Mediterranean Farmhouse Style

Styling by Petite Social

With a wooden tabletop this gorgeous, as found on Petite Social, you need only the simplest elements to create a farmhouse feel for a Mediterranean dinner. Sunflowers in a white ceramic pitcher, pretty white chinaware set against bright blue napkins, fresh veggies on platters, and a hand-painted cruet set – and you’re ready to serve!

Coastal-style Dining

courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Imagine a breathtaking seaside view like this as you style your patio table for an outdoor Mediterranean meal. Set out coastal-patterned plates on rattan chargers, rolled napkins accented with starfish, hurricane candle holders lined with aqua sea glass, aqua glass globes and white coral – a dream setting courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.

Boho Mediterranean Tablescape

Photo via Haute Chefs LA

“Boho Med” – that’s what Haute Chefs LA dubbed this free-spirited but definitely chic style at their eclectic Mediterranean dinner party. Beautiful in varied shades of blue for the metal chairs, linen napkins, and drinking glasses contrasted with gold-lined cocktail tumblers and cutlery, the overall effect is both striking and serene.

Styling by Nicole O-Neil

Channel the vibrant look of sunny Capri with this colorful table setting inspiration from Nicole O-Neil. Brilliant blue goblets are matched by botanical-print napkins, while natural elements like woven hyacinth chargers, tomatoes, lemons, and greenery echo the country look of crockery serveware handpainted in blue, yellow, and orange.
Tablescape Essentials – Mediterranean Style

Whether you decide to go “country rustic” or “coastal chic” for your Mediterranean table styling, we’ve made some basic entertaining-essentials choices for you. Happy shopping!

1 – Mykonos Tile Melamine Dinnerware – An instant Mediterranean style-setter for your table, in shatter-resistant Melamine; available from Pier1 Imports.

2 – Clarity Collection Blue Acrylic Stemware – Add brilliant color to your tablescape with these sleek drinkware pieces; available from Pier1 Imports.

3 – Coastal Jute Lanterns – These jar-style lanterns encased in woven jute holders bring rustic seaside charm to your entertaining; available from Pier1 Imports.

4 – Brown Rattan Round Charger Plate – A staple item for a wide range of table styles needing a “natural/coastal/tropical” look; available from Pier1 Imports.

5 – Natural Jute Table Runner with Seashell Fringes – Combining woven jute with seashells, glass beads, and mother of pearl gives this piece a laid-back, boho air; available from Pier1 Imports.

6 – Ceramique Extra Large Oval Platter, (Citronique Design) – An artisanal hand-painted creation from Tunisia on the Mediterranean coast, available via Amazon.

7 – Lemon Ceramic Scoops (set of 2) – A unique handcrafted serving pair by Manuela Marino Ceramic; available via Amazon.

8 – Oversized Blue-striped Napkin (set of 6) – These bring a breezy, nautical touch to your table setting; available via Amazon.

9 – Terrarium Ball (7-Inch Large Clear Glass ) – A chic and versatile way to craft non-floral vignettes as tabletop or hanging centerpieces; sold by MyGift and Fulfilled by Amazon.

10 – Mixed White Starfish (Set of 12 ) – Can’t “go coastal” with your table decor more easily than these! Sold by Tumbler Home and Fulfilled by Amazon.


We’ll be back real soon with the next post in our Mediterranean entertaining, decor, and dining series. Be sure to stop by!

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