How To Decorate A Glass Dining Table [7 Awesome Ideas!]

With winter approaching, you may be thinking of new ways to decorate your glass dining table, but what's the best way? We've consulted with design experts to bring you great ideas for showcasing that glass table. Let's take a look at these ideas.

Here are some ideas for decorating your glass dining table:

  • Feature a collection of cut crystal decanters
  • Use a glass vase with flowers.
  • Use a ceramic vase
  • Feature elegantly potted succulents
  • Use a collection of candles.
  • Showcase a gorgeous bowl of fruit or other objects
  • A long tray with decorative orbs

Let's look at some of these ideas and see if any will work for your dining room table. We'll also investigate the best kind of glass for a dining table, how thick it should be, and how to maintain it. So please keep reading.

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Great Ideas For Decorating Your Glass Dining Table

Glass tables are sleek and elegant. Because they are see-through, they can seem less heavy and cumbersome than a dark-stained wooden table. They're great for small spaces or anywhere you want to emphasize lightness, brightness, and modernity. Here are some ideas for making your glass dining table really shine.

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Feature A Collection Of Cut Crystal Decanters

Cut Crystal Decanters are old school and elegant. Whether they are empty or filled with your favorite spirit, a grouping of 3 will be perfect on a glass table type. The glass of the dining table amplifies the shine of the crystal. You might place a fabric placemat beneath them, or even a mirrored tray, to keep the grouping gathered at the center of the table.

Waterford crystal is the pinnacle of elegance. This gorgeous Irish-made lead crystal is the real deal.

Click here for this ship's decanter in the Lismore pattern on Amazon.

Use A Tall Glass Vase With Cut Flowers

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Staying with the glass on glass theme, why not use a modern glass vase and keep it filled with elegant cut stems? It's hard to go wrong with the combination of natural beauty and beautiful decor.

This modern squared-off Nambe vase is 12" tall and 5" across. It's a modern look for a modern dining room and perfect for a glass-topped dining table.

Click here for this vase on Amazon.

If you prefer groupings, here's a lovely little collection of three turquoise glass vases, also from Nambe. Even without floral or greenery accents, these vases will look fantastic on your glass-topped dining table.

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Use A Ceramic Vase

Another beautiful option for a glass dining table is a ceramic vase. Here, you have more room to play with color and style. You could choose a vase that works with your paint color or upholstery on your chairs. The color glaze you choose could be your favorite accent color or something that reflects the season. Fill it with flowers, or dried foliage, or leave it empty; the choice is up to you.

This contemporary blue and white vase will go in many of today's home decors. This vase stands 11" x 5" and is intended for artificial flowers only as its surface is porous.

Minimalistic Scandinavian style. Half-open branches of an apple tree in a white fluted vase. A small vase with a branch of dried eucalyptus and two cups of coffee on a tray on the table.

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This colorful set in bright tones is a great grouping for a dining room table centerpiece.

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Feature Elegantly Potted Succulents

We love succulents. These juicy diminutive plants come in a wide variety of shapes and growing habits, and typically they fare pretty well out of direct sunlight, which makes them an ideal plant to feature on a glass dining table. There are so many wonderful ways to showcase these plants, from rustic to sophisticated. For a glass table, we recommend potting them in a simple white ceramic planter or planters.

This 8" round succulent planter has an incorporated drainage dish, so you never have to worry about watering your table by mistake. If you have a large table, consider planting 3 of these for a nice grouping.

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Use A Collection Of Candles

Nothing makes a dinner more romantic than candlelight. And candles and candlesticks in a collection look ridiculously amazing as a centerpiece for your glass dining table. Use a mirrored tray to set them up so the light reflects (and catches any stray wax).

This set of 5 vintage candlestands has suitable interest to command the center of a glass dining table. They have a natural wooden wash that works in the rustic, beach, and Scandinavian designed homes.

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Showcase A Gorgeous Bowl Of Fruit Or Other Objects

Whether it be glass, crystal, ceramic, or metal, a beautiful bowl holds the objects of your choice. You could fill it with real fruit or faux fruit. Maybe you'd rather fill it with beautiful stones or shells. Why not a collection of handblown glass balls. It really opens up the possibilities for holidays, color, and your own style.

This gilded bowl would look scrumptious filled with deep red apples. Click here for it on Amazon.

A Long Tray With Beautiful Orbs

Because our dining tables are often rectangular, a rectangular centerpiece can work within the space requirements. You can find perfect items at thrift stores, craft fairs, or retailers. Fill it with fantastical objects that suit your style.

This set features a heavy resin tray and orbs that are coated in metallic paint. They will look great with your glass dining room table.

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How Do You Maintain A Glass Dining Table?

The main thing you'll need to do to maintain your glass dining table is to keep it clean. Start by clearing the surface. Once it's cleared off, wipe it with a dry microfiber cloth to clean the dust off of the surface. Then spray it with a water/vinegar combination and clean with a wadded up piece of old newspaper. What, you say? It's true; newsprint is one of the best papers to clean glass with. 

What Type Of Glass Is Good For A Dining Room Table?

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Tempered glass is the choice for dining room tables. This glass is heat-resistant, long-lasting, and doesn't scratch or break easily. And if it does break, it shatters into thousands of tiny pieces, which makes it much less likely to cause damage to you or your family. This is the same type of glass that is used in automobiles. It actually takes 20,000 to 24,000 pounds per square inch of force to break tempered glass.

How Thick Should A Glass Tabletop Be?

For a dining table, you want to go with a thicker glass top. It's generally recommended to use no less than 3/8" thickness, though a full 1/2" is even better. If you're going to cover your table with something protective, you may be able to get away with 3/16" thickness.

What Is A Good Centerpiece For A Dining Table?

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When thinking about a good centerpiece for your dining table, there are a few factors to keep in mind. You don't want something so bulky and tall that it will get in the way of conversation. You also don't want to use anything that will damage or scratch the surface of your dining table. If an object is on a rectangular table, you don't want it to be so wide that it will interfere with place settings.

But beyond the objects listed above, there are beautiful floral arrangements and table runners, and other items that can look great. 

Why not a beautiful seasonal arrangement on a wooden tray?

Or perhaps a pitcher filled with gorgeous dried flowers?

And of course, tables are a perfect place to spice things up with holiday decorations.

Lovely Dining Tables Are Near At Hand

Now that you're filled with ideas for centerpieces and dining room table decor, it's time to decide what's perfect for your space. If you enjoyed this post here at, please check out these others below:

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