This Medieval statement is the unconventional trend we never expected to take over our modern interiors

Blousy Middle-Age tableware has never looked quite so chic

Table skirt in an orange painted room with soft furnishings
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Table skirts (or tablecloths, as they are also commonly known) have undertaken a broad range of meanings throughout their rich history. This ornamental statement was a sign of wealth in Medieval banquets – while the Victorians reportedly drenched their bare furniture with a cloth to preserve modesty. However, this season, table skirts have undertaken their most important role to date – a statement of style. 

It's official, we've reshaped our modern home decor ideas to make way for this century-old ornamental furnishing, and your contemporary scheme will thank you for embracing this gloriously unexpected craze. Though, despite being an object of style for hundreds of years, the table skirts can be hard to get right. Here, experts share their interior design ideas

Table skirt in a bedroom

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When diners indulged over their table skirts in centuries gone by, they never may have predicted the vast amount of time we would spend in our homes over the past year. However, Etsy's Trend Expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, suggests the increased time in our interiors sparked the unorthodox demand for table skirts. 

'With so much time being spent at home, shoppers are looking for ways to update their homes. Table skirts are an easy way to bring pattern, texture, and colors to any space.  Neutral linens or muslins fabrics are great choices to achieve a contemporary look,' Dayna explains. 

How to style table skirts into a modern home

Table skirt in a purple painted room

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1. Keep it simple

'I think that a frilly table skirt can look perfectly at home in a modern space. I would pick a simple pattern like a stripe or a smart check in keeping with the color palette of the rest of the interior, so you're not deviating from your scheme,' explains Livingetc's Shopping Editor, Rohini Wahi. 'The frill or kick of the skirt simply serves to infuse the interior with a layer of delight – do it, you won't regret it!' 

The Founder of East London Cloth, Gemma Moulton, mirrors Rohini's advice, similarly suggesting that the right tones and textures mean it is possible to style table skirts in a modern scheme. 'Soft furnishings are a great way to soften a room, so if you're careful with fabric choices, they work just as well in a modern space as they do in a more traditional setting,' she says. 

Table skirt with flowers

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2. Crown with flowers

Some pairings remain timeless – and an ornately dressed table with a blooming bouquet is among these enduring combinations. It is also how Designer & Founder at Projektityyny, Nora Nilsson styles her table skirts, as seen above. 

'Table skirt for me adds instant drama and playfulness - and it always makes me have high expectations of what's to come! I love styling mine with beautiful glassware and an abundance of wildflowers,' Nora says. For an ornate nod to former eras, match your table skirt fabric with matching napkins – and soft furnishings of a similar hue – for a sophisticated scheme. 

Mustard colour table skirt

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3. Maintain the beauty of the material – discreetly

Unlike the cloth kissing Medieval tablescapes, modern cloths can remain fresher for longer, with one simple trick 'You can have a piece of glass cut for the top, which means you don't have to be too precious about putting drinks on it and you don't have to spend a huge amount on the table underneath,' Gemma shares. 

The cloth extraordinaire also shares a further styling tip, suggesting you bring your table skirt into the bedroom, where you can style the piece with a stack of books and a lamp. This is an unexpected trend in an unexpected setting, and we expect it will reset modern bedroom ideas worldwide. Here's to yet another century of beautiful tablescapes.

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.