20 Dining Table Centerpiece Ideas to Set Your Table From the Rest

Table with flowers and a runner

Black and Blooms

Here's a secret: You don't need an occasion to decorate your house for an occasion. A beautiful centerpiece is the icing on the cake in a dining room and the right centerpiece can hold its own all year long. Whether you're decorating a table for a dinner party or you just want an eye-catching centerpiece you can leave up all the time, no table is complete with a centerpiece.

Selecting the right table decor starts with a few decisions: Do you want something minimalist and low-key or are you going for a centerpiece that really sings? Do you find yourself reaching for natural blooms or oversized handmade pottery?

Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite centerpiece ideas that can stay up year-round. Read on for major dining table inspiration.

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Keep It Rustic

Table with flowers

Design: Katie Hodges Design

Photography: Amy Bartlam

A rustic kitchen or dining room doesn't have to feel old or overly country. Adorn your natural wood table with a bouquet of dried lavender and a handful of white linen napkins to give your dining table a French provincial touch.

Head to your local thrift store to find handmade pottery and vases for much less than a big box store (and with more charm).

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Sprinkle Eucalyptus

Kitchen table with candles

Amy Leferink at Interior Impressions

Eucalyptus is the type of greenery we always want in our house. It's refreshing, offers a minimalist and modern vibe and it lasts so much longer than fresh floral blooms.

DIY a table runner with strands of eucalyptus and arrange a handful of candles or small vases throughout for a centerpiece that is beautiful enough for the holidays but simple enough for the rest of the year, too.

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Opt for Dried Blooms

Kitchen table with black ceramics

Ann Living

Tired of replacing your flowers every time they die? Instead, consider dried plants such as straw grass or pampas grass to adorn your dining room table. Though they may not give off any fragrance, they provide a lovely Scandi-inspired vibe in any home.

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Try Large Jugs

Kitchen table with light fixture above it

Ashley Montgomery Design

Whether you fill them with flowers or keep them empty, large vintage jugs are perfect for decorating a simple table. This look pairs best with more understated furniture and decor, but the larger the pieces the better.

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Go for Branches

Kitchen table with branches

Calimia Home

Sometimes you just need a centerpiece idea that takes up a lot of visual space without taking up a lot of physical space. Consider filling a vase with large sprigs of blooming trees such as magnolia or olive branches. Thin branches are subtle enough not to overwhelm the space, but large enough to create a statement at your dining table.

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Pottery Barn Olive Branch $40
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Keep It Simple

Kitchen with fruit

Charlie Interior Design

Sometimes the best centerpiece ideas are the simplest ones. A bowl of fruit doesn't have to feel like a stale idea, especially in a bold dining space where you don't want to take away from the rest of the decor.

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Create a Collection

Table with white vases

KG Designs

What's better than one vase in the center of your table? A few vases that can work together to create a beautiful display that feels purposeful and interesting. Find three or four similar (but slightly different) vases in a simple color palette to fill the center of a large table.

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Anthropologie Matte Terracotta Vase $32
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Add Sculptural Pieces

Table with sculptures

LeeAnn Baker Interiors LTD

Why not decorate your kitchen table with art? We love the idea of displaying a few beautiful sculptures as a centerpiece on a dining table to give your room a creative, artsy look and feel.

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Don't Forget the Island

Kitchen with centerpiece

Design: R.Johnston

Photography: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

For many of us, the kitchen island is not just a place where you prep dinner, but it's also a space to serve meals, especially during dinner parties. Spruce up your breakfast bar or kitchen island with an oversized vase filled with blooms or greenery to give it a more formal feel.

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Use a Potted Plant

Kitchen table with light fixture

LeClair Decor

If you have a green thumb (or honestly, even if you don't) you are probably always looking for an excuse to buy more houseplants. Instead of flowers, consider placing a potted plant at the center of your table to add a touch of green and liveliness to your space.

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Splurge for Flowers

Kitchen with flowers in vase

Design: Think Chic Interiors

Photography: Regan Wood

Sometimes there's simply no replacement for a bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers. An easy way to take your dining table from breakfast to party mode is by arranging a large bouquet at the center. Stick with one type of flower for a more modern look or try your hand at a floral arrangement to go bigger and bolder.

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Fill the Table

Dining table with macramé runner

M Starr Design

If your table is feeling a little empty, consider arranging sculptures or candles throughout the center to act as a more visually interesting runner. This adds a ton of visual interest and is a great way to fill a table if you're not actually using it but want it to shine.

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Use a Large Bowl

Table with agate bowl

Margaret Wright Interior + Lifestyle Photog

Take a spin by your local artisanal boutique and find a handmade bowl that can sit at the center of your dining table all year long and work as both a practical and a beautiful centerpiece.

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Go for Repetition

Table with flowers

Michelle Berwick Design

If one oversized vase is too formal for your table, opt for three or four mini vases and repeat the look a few times to create a repetition that is simple but beautiful.

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Consider the Scale

Table with large vase

Milk and Honey Life

Sometimes you need a large centerpiece to finish out a dining table. If you have a simple dining room or kitchen, an oversized vase or arrangement can act as a focal point and add a lot of texture to the room.

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Add a Pop of Color

Table with large bowl

Modern House Vibes

Even if you love neutral color schemes, it's hard to deny that a pop of color can do wonders for any space. Weave in a bit of color in a handmade bowl or vase for an eye-catching centerpiece.

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Create a Pairing

Dining table with pottery

Sarah Fultz Interiors

While one beautiful vase can often stand alone, pairing two pieces together can create a bit more depth on your table. Instead of two pieces that match, pick opposite colors for contrast.

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Go for Varying Heights

Table with flowers

Sarah Fultz Interiors

A good rule of thumb is a large centerpiece should be taller than 24 inches, but you can mix up the look by sprinkling in a few pieces of varying heights. Add a tiered cake holder and fill it with fruit or florals or mix in a handful of vases in varying sizes and your table will be set in no time.

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Keep it Oversized

Kitchen with oversized plant

Ashley Webb

The best centerpieces are ones that can hold down a dining room and help center it and finish your table setting. Opt for an oversized vase and blooms for a look that works best in a large room.

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Fill a Runner

Tablescape with flowers

Black and Blooms

Sometimes a single centerpiece just isn't enough. First, lay down a runner. Then, fill it with air plants or candles. Finally, complete the look with a large bouquet in the center.

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