Decorating Ideas for Glass Dining Tables


Partial and full glass tables provide a flat area surface like no other. The delicacy, shine and transparency of glass lends a modern, sleek touch to a room's visual design. Decorating with and around glass tables presents both challenges and opportunities when it comes to tying the glass's texture in with the rest of your room's decor.


  • Take advantage of the reflective translucency of a glass table by using it to display lights. At the most basic, decorate the table with light decorations, such as decorative lamps (like lava lamps or salt lamps) or candle holders. For a more permanent fixture, or for seasonal decorating, attach string lights to the edge of the table.

Sculpture Props

  • The transparency of glass tabletops makes them an ideal choice for times when you want both the aesthetics of a sculpture and the usefulness of a flat surface. Purchase or build a glass table for which the legs or prop is a sculpture, abstract or recognizable. Common designs of this type include wagon wheels, large driftwood trunks or simply nontraditional wooden props, such as curvy panes of wood or asymmetric shapes.

Glass Ornaments

  • Decorate the surface of your glass tabletop using the complementary textures of small glass ornaments and containers. Place glass vases, small picture frames or ornaments on the table or on surfaces close to it. To keep this design from looking too cluttered with similar textures, add some contrasting materials to the mix, such as flowers in a vase or a cloth runner between the table and glass ornaments.

Glass Panes and Mirrors

  • Tie the shiny glass surface of your table into your room decor by arranging its position in relation to other glass surfaces. Items like mirrors, glass window panes and doors and even glass shadowboxes or picture frames provide similar textures. Place these types of items in proximity to your glass tabletop; position them so that they're close enough to be seen in the same frame of vision but spaced out enough that you can see some of the reflective glass surfaces from wherever you are in the room. 

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