How to choose the right table linen for your event?

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Table linen is a decorative accessory that unifies the components of the table setting.

Which is why choosing the right table cloth, runners and napkin, is an imperative etiquette to learn, if you want to host a memorable event.

At Pink label, we understand the need for perfection. Our linen is carefully selected and sized to precision. In this article, we let you in on how to choose the right linen for your table, by observing size, style and all things table linen!


There are five tablecloth design elements that we use as a guide to choosing the right table cloth. The pink label team believes, the right table cloth should have dominance, visual weight, color, texture and pattern. Let me unpack it for you:


Don’t just pick a table cloth because it is the theme color. The right tablecloth accents not only the dominant color but also the pattern and texture, of the dinnerware plus room décor.

Visual weight

Pay attention to the proportions of the room, to keep the table setting from being a misfit.

Large Rooms. A tablecloth woven with big, compactly arranged patterns conveys visual weight.

Small Rooms. Choose a tablecloth woven with an airy pattern, to radiate Lightness and a touch of elegance.


Color is a design tool that changes the mood of the table setting without changing the tableware. At Pink Label, we live by the book, we understand that colors of formal dining are white, ivory, and ecru and informal dining colors are all shades, from bright to deep to contrasting, from metallic to pastel to white.

However, we allow for individuality! So, if you feel like dumping clichés, we have a Pink Label consultant ready to help you think out of the box starting with Color mixing: add a light-hearted touch to dining with a colorful mix of tablecloths and napkins, in complimentary sorts and intensities. Feast your eyes on our latest table cloths for inspiration.

Color mixing ideas

  • Cool colors, such as blue or green, mix with dinnerware decorated with grayish hues.
  • Warm colors, such as red or yellow, compliment dinnerware with yellowish undertones.
  • Neutral colors, such as ivory, beige, or tan, are compatible with earth-tone dinnerware.


The texture of the tablecloth should relate to the finish of the tableware and also to the dining occasion.

Formal Dining textures include smooth-porcelain, crystal, silver, finishes appropriate for a tablecloth woven with a satin sheen, such as damask. While Informal Dining textures range from smooth to coarse.

Smooth weaves are compatible with fine surfaces, such as porcelain, bone china, ironstone, semi porcelain, silver, silver plate, and stainless steel.

Loosely woven heavy fabrics relate to coarse textures, such as pottery, stoneware, and pewter flatware.



The patterns of tablecloths range from large to small, bold to subtle, each design appropriate for a particular occasion. The patterns of formal dining are small and subtle, and do not detract from the profusion of tableware.


Guess what… Finding the perfect size tablecloth for your table is an easy process. All you need to get right is the desired overhang and drop for your table cloth. It doesn’t matter what matter what shape it is, whether it be square, round, rectangular or even oval the Pink Label team will provide a step by step guide on how to measure your table to avoid renting the wrong size table cloth and runners. We got it covered!

How much overhang should there be on a tablecloth?

Tablecloth Overhang. In a casual setting, it’s standard to have about six inches of overhang on all sides of the table. A more formal setting may use eight to twelve inches of overhang. You should measure the height of the tables you would like to use.

How much drop should there be on a tablecloth?

Through some research a tablecloth drop length of about 8 inches is typically recommended, however a longer drop length is sometimes suggested for formal dining occasions sometimes even as long as 12 inches.


The table runner is a narrow length of cloth laid on top of tablecloths or on a bare table. Table runners are used in a variety of ways:

  • Laid down the center of the table for decoration,
  • Laid across the table to define seating, or
  • Used to carry out a theme.

To accommodate the average place setting, the table runner is approximately 14 to 17 inches wide, and the drop at the ends is about 15 inches deep. Don’t miss out on our exquisite table runners now instore.

Hope this article come handy at your next event. Feel free to leave us a comment should you need more clarity or info on Pink Label linen.