Creating your own tearoom in your home gives you a place to relax, entertain and display all of your tea party dishes and accessories. The styles and colors of your linen, fresh flower and plant, serving dish, artwork and candle decor should complement each other for a cohesive look in your tearoom.
Use linens to create a soft and cozy atmosphere. Curtains, pillows, tablecloths and seat cushions in flower patterns such as roses and daisies add an English cottage garden feel to a tearoom. Fabrics with chickens and teacups add a country flair. Natural fabrics such as cotton or linen keep the setting casual and add to the comfort. Curtains can be floor length or to the windowsill and pulled back with decorative tiebacks. Lightweight curtains flow in the breeze and add to the relaxing feel of your tearoom.
Fresh Flowers and Plants
Fresh flowers and plants are a necessity in a tearoom to bring a bit of nature inside. Create small or elaborate arrangements in fancy vases to match the rest of the room's decor. You can use any type of flowers, including roses and wildflowers. You can hang potted plants in front of windows in hanging baskets, and place standing plants on windowsills or pedestals in corners. Keep heavily scented flowers and plants off the table where you are serving your food to avoid the scents interfering with the aroma of your food and tea.
You can display your tea set, dishes and serving dishes in the room on either open or closed shelves and on your table. Consider matching your tea set with your linen decor prints and patterns so they display well together. Place your tea set and serving dishes, such as a butter dish and jelly jars, on a fancy tray, set in the middle of your table, on a shelf or on a pedestal. Place your dishes upright to be visible on shelves. This makes your serving ware not only an attractive part of the decor, but easily accessible when you throw your tea party.
Hang framed artwork with posters or prints on the walls around the room to be admired while you enjoy your tea. You can use paintings of nature, country or garden scenes or prints with antique designs. Wooden frames add rustic charm, while decorative gold frames add elegance to your room. When you throw a tea party, add a large chalkboard, framed if desired to match your artwork frames, to a decorative standing easel where you can write your food and tea menu in chalk.
Candles add ambient lighting and a feeling of warmth to your tearoom. You can display candles in candleholders on surfaces or attached to the walls. Add floating candles to a fancy bowl and place it in the center of your table. Scented candles add to the relaxing air, but select scents that are not so strong that they overpower the aroma of your food and drink. Try to find scents that match your fresh flower scents. Add a candelabra centerpiece for a dramatic effect. Choose colors and styles of candles that match the decor in the room.
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