Colorful Tabletop Trend for Fall: Tinted Glassware

by Leona Gaita

Today we are once again joined by Leona Gaita, Interior Design Expert and Contributor. Leona shares with us her inspiring ideas and advice to help us enrich our homes and lives with beauty and elegance.

A great way to add some rich color to your table for fall, without changing dishes, or breaking the bank, is to add some colorful tinted glassware.

thanksgiving-table-setting-by-muir_woodsThanksgiving Table setting via The Fun Times Guide.

Adding colored glassware to the table is really quite different than adding colored linens, dishes or even floral arrangements. The difference is in the light, and how it reacts to colored glass. There’s a glow. The color is reflected, adding an extra warmth and festive feeling to the surroundings. Nothing could be lovelier than colored glass by candlelight.


Bubble Glassware Collection goblet and tumbler-ruby from Target, Mikasa Stemless Wine Glasses and Martha Stewart Red Stemware from Macy’s.

From House Beautiful:valencich_original-fall-table-corner_s3x4_lg1

I love my plain white china, and this photo shows why. I can add any color, by way of floral arrangements or linens and give the table a whole new look, all while using my tried and true white china. Tinted glassware adds a new twist to this. Amber glassware, the color of caramelized sugar, will add a whole new dimension and a warm welcoming glow to my holiday table.

From House Beautiful:House-Beautiful1


Fleur de Lys glasses from Anthropologie, Amber Stemware from Pier 1, Amber Bubble Tumbler from Target.

carolyne-RoehmeTable setting by Carolyne Roehm.

With the holidays coming, green suggests Christmas, and of course green is a beautiful addition to a Christmas table. But green is so very versatile, it can be used to create and enhance almost any ambiance, from deep winter festivities, to the fresh feeling of spring.

From Country Living:country-living-green


Pressed Floral Glassware and Green Rim Goblet from Pier 1, My Garden Stemware Collection by Villeroy and Boch, from Macy’s.

William Yeoward Housewares from House and Garden:

Cobalt Blue will add a regal formality to any table. Try combining some of these tinted cobalt glasses with white china and gold accents in the floral arrangements and table linens. It would be nice if you happen to have a crystal chandelier around! If not, don’t worry. Just light the candles, and you’ll have a tablescape that’s fit for a queen.


Bormioli Rocco Murano Blue Swirl Glasses from Macy’s, Cobalt Stemware from The Glassware Store, Tulip Tumbler from Anthropologie.

Dining-Room-Table-setting-0061From Life at Home

From Country Living:Purple1

Combined with green is my favorite way to use these deep plummy purples. When I see this mix of colors, I’m reminded of harvest season in Tuscany, or the depths of a pine forest with the purple flowers of late summer. Delicious!

Braid Stemware in plum from Target:target-braid-stemaware-plum

From Toast and Tables:
Tablesetting Lots of purple cut crystal glassware

There are lots of pretty multi-colored glassware collections out there too. I think that’s a very festive way to go. Here are some I found:


Lenox Tuscany Harvest and Kate Spade Sag Harbor, from Macy’s; Como Tumblers from Crate and Barrel; Jewel Tumblers from Pier 1; Lenox butterfly Meadow Iced Beverage Glass from Macy’s; Jewel Tone Tumblers from Lekker.

So if your dining room is stuck in neutral, tinted glassware can add color that’s been missing. If you already have color, try some colored glassware in a matching or contrasting color for extra holiday festivity and warmth.

What colorful glassware do you use in your table settings?


Leona GaitaLeona Gaita has an infectious enthusiasm for interior design that she shares with us, with her clients and with the readers of her popular blog, Gaita Interiors.

With a lifelong involvement in the fine arts and design, Leona designs for Gaita Interiors, a staple of the local community for over 40 years, serving Larchmont, Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area.

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3 Comments for “Colorful Tabletop Trend for Fall: Tinted Glassware”

How funny I read this today. Last night I went to Kohl’s and found (on clearance) two goblet style glasses in an amber-gold color with a clear glass base to go with a new table setting I bought (also on clearance at Pier 1). This color will work great because the variety of Fall colors in the dishes and placemats makes it all work together.

[…] recently gave us inspiration with the luscious scenes in her tinted glassware post. My daughter and I jumped in and created this fall […]

Ok, I’ll admit it openly….the most exciting 4-H class I ever took was “Table Settings”
(I was allergic to animals at the time). I will say the main focus was more about placing the silverware in it’s proper place than pure creativity (so that one could be the proper wife & homemaker!) So, what a fun “challenge” ….

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