8 Creative Uses for Table Runners

The humble table runner can be the ultimate versatile piece for savvy decorators. Though it’s typically displayed length-wise across a dining table, a runner is not limited to a certain room or setting. If there’s a flat surface that needs dressing up, a table runner just might be the answer!

Here are a few ideas:

1. Embellish a vanity table
Feel all the more pampered when you sit at your vanity table. Drape an elegant runner across the vanity, and place your mirrored tray and accessories on top. Look for a runner that’s more ornate than usual, like one with lace or fringe.

Dogwood Lace Table Runner

2. Love the layered look
Let table runners decorate in tandem! Place a solid color runner down first, then top it with a narrower runner in an intricate design or an eye-catching print. If you’re feeling especially bold, try two contrasting prints; this approach works best if one pattern has a smaller scale than the other.

Purple Pansies Floral Table Runner

3. Glam up a bedside table
Give the top of your bedside table instant charm with an embroidered runner, candleholders, and a decorative jar. Or, if you prefer a more carefree vibe, select a Bohemian-style runner and top it with a small paper lantern.

Spring Breeze Table Runner

4. Beautify a console table
Give a little life to a neglected console table with a pretty floral runner. Complete the look with tabletop accessories and wall art in similar colors.

Pansy Patch Floral Table Runner

5. Make an entertaining change
Keep a TV console or media cabinet from looking stark by softening it with a runner. A runner with cutwork edging provides a quaint touch, while a striking pattern amps up the drama.

6. Festoon the fireplace
Use a table runner as a mantel scarf. Evoke an elegant, vintage ambience with classy candleholders, faux flower bouquets, and blossom wall art. This solution is great for holiday decorating too—a specialty runner atop the mantel is the perfect place to put all those seasonal baubles and figurines.

Canterbury Table Runner

7. Change your perspective
Instead of placing the runner down the length of a dining room table, turn it so it drapes across the width. Add multiples if it works with your place settings.

Coastal Dream Table Runner

8. Cozy up a coffee table
After you’ve piled decorative pillows and a throw on the sofa, the coffee table looks rather bare. Warm up the surface with a table runner; play with textures like cutwork, burlap, or macrame.

Bella Rose Embroidered Table Runner

Live It Up Outdoors! More Get-the-Look Patio Options

Did you enjoy our May post on outdoor patio decorating ideas? We have more for June! A fabulous patio is within any decorator’s grasp. We make it easy with ideas for three summery patio looks. Each is fully “shoppable” from the Touch of Class web site. Simply click a look below, and start shopping!

Look #1: Geometric Patio Entryway [Shop here]
A bold geometric rug makes this look pop, while floral and traditional elements soften the overall appearance. A bicycle canvas and decorative planters beautify the space.

Geometric Patio Entryway

Look #2: Zoelynn Patio Entryway [Shop here]
A classic slatted wood bench and an acanthus leaf rug are at the heart of this traditional outdoor look. Metal and capiz shell butterfly wall art provides a fun, whimsical touch.

Zoelynn Patio Entryway

Look #3: Tropical Flowers Patio [Shop here]
This bright look comes to life with an eye-catching island rug with exotic blooms. Tropical wall art and colorful decorative pillows make the space feel like a vacation getaway.

Tropical Flowers Patio

Unique Wedding Gift Ideas Under $50

Have you been invited to a summer wedding this year? Is the invitation still sitting on your
table, like an ever-present reminder that you still haven’t found a great gift for that special couple?

Let these unique wedding gift ideas nudge you (sweetly, of course) in the right direction. Each affordable wedding gift is under $50, making it friendly to your budget and a memorable way to wish the couple many years of wedded bliss.

Click here to view over 20 fabulous wedding gift ideas from Touch of Class® (prices are shown after you click on the link).

The Love That Lasts Figurine features a 1920s-style couple in intricate dress. The Our Hearts As One Sculpture depicts two interconnected hearts in an openwork design.

Love That Lasts Figurine Our Hearts As One Sculpture

The LOVE Letters Wall Art will look lovely alone or as part of a photo collage. The Star Gazing Figurine features an ethereal, romantic scene of a couple sitting on a crescent moon.

Love Letters Word Wall Art Star Gazing Figurine

The Loving Hands Table Sculpture is a wonderful representation of closeness. The Papillon Wall Photo Frame will flutter its way into the couple’s heart with its butterfly and blossom design.

Loving Hands Table Sculpture Papillon Butterfly Wall Photo Frame

Refresh Your Outdoor Style! Fabulous Get-the-Look Patio Options

Does it seem like pretty patios and beautiful backyard spaces are everywhere you look? Are you stuck trying to figure out how to create a relaxing outdoor haven of your own? We make it easy with ideas for three terrific patio looks. Each is fully “shoppable” from the Touch of Class web site. Simply click the look you love most below, and start shopping!

Look #1: Lanai Patio [Shop here]
This look comes to life with stylish Shorea wood patio furniture and a classic striped outdoor rug. Melamine outdoor serveware in punchy colors plays up the refreshing look.

Lanai Patio

Look #2: Stonehill Patio Entryway [Shop here]
This look has a traditional foundation lightened up with fun decor. A slatted wood bench is just waiting for its first guests, while an acanthus rug, bold pillow, and address sign pep things up.

Stonehill Patio Entryway

Look #3: Delphi Backyard Patio [Shop here]
A quatrefoil rug in cinnabar steals the show in this look. Inviting decor like a personalized bench, bunny sculpture, and planters will encourage visitors to rest and while away the time.

Delphi Backyard Patio

Sweeten Your Bedroom with Wildflowers Exclusive Floral Bedding

Drift off to sleep in a tranquil meadow of wildflowers, and dream your sweetest dreams among a bed of blossoms! Wildflowers bedding has the fresh beauty of a summer’s day with its dainty floral blooms and pretty colors.

An exclusive design by Touch of Class®, Wildflowers bedding is dappled in delicate flowers created by chainstitch embroidery; soft shades include pink, rose pink, wisteria, amethyst, plum, periwinkle, and green on a serene ivory ground. The oversized, cotton bedspread will be an indulgent addition to your bed with its outline quilting, bottom bell corners, and 24” drop. A matching floral daybed set is also available if you need to cozy up a smaller space.

Bring this darling look to full flower with coordinating shams, decorative pillows, window treatments, and even flower-shaped rugs—all exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else.

Click here to browse and shop the entire Wildflowers Collection, available only at Touch of Class®.

To recreate and shop the entire bedroom look, click here.

Wildflowers Floral Bedspread Bedding Floral Dance Hydrangea Flower Shaped Rugs

Sea Style Is Here! New Exclusive Coastal View Bedding

Tumble into bed and dream of a picturesque beach, with water gently lapping at the shore and a sandy expanse scattered with seashells. With Coastal View bedding, you’re well on your way!

Designed by Touch of Class®, this bedding ensemble mimics the delights of the beach—you’ll find printed wave designs, textured sand-colored accents, and coastal shell motifs. Drape your bed in the daybed set, the oversized bedspread, or the quilt set; and let your mind drift toward dreams. The daybed cover and quilt have scalloped trim, while the bedspread has a border dappled with shells.

If you’re all-in for the coastal look, we have plenty of complementary accessories; European shams, decorative pillows, curtains, and valances make it easy to embrace sea-inspired style.

Click here to browse and shop the Coastal View ensemble, available exclusively at Touch of Class®.

Coastal View Daybed Bedding Set Coastal View Bedspread Bedding

Glam It Up with Art Deco and Art Nouveau Home Decor

Is your home decor looking lackluster—or simply missing that je ne sais quoi? Perhaps what it needs is a marriage of modern and vintage panache. The Art Deco style is the cat’s meow! Popular in the 1920s and ‘30s, this aesthetic remains one of the most appealing styles in architecture and home decor. Bold color duos like black and gold and clean geometric lines reflect the Art Deco sensibility. Stark, repeating motifs of triangles and rays also hark back to the period.

If you yearn for a more romantic look, select home decor with intricate details, swirling curves, and ornamental beauty. These shapely pieces will lend an Art Nouveau quality to your decor.

Click here to view an array of home decor in these styles, or click on the images below to learn more about each item.

Beauty Bath Accessories Exquisite Composure Lady Figurine
DeAndra Stained Glass Table Lamp Square framed wall art set with cool-toned medallion designs
Giorgianna Pearl Mirrored Wall Sconce Pair Elegant lady figurine with 1920s era woman in a glittery gown