Tournesol's New Website Provides Guidelines for Finding the Perfect Tablecloth

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The home entertaining trend in America continues to grow with cooking clubs, gourmet kitchens and global cuisine all the rage. The traditional white or ivory damask linen tablecloth with matching napkins has been set aside for most occasions. Fine table linens are now available in bold patterns, unexpected color combinations and the most current fabrics, creating many choices and many questions. Tournesol, the premier fine table linen shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has the answers on its new website

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We encourage experimentation with patterns and colors. Most of us are not aware of all of the choices available. As we explore the options, our initial idea of the perfect tablecloth can change dramatically!

Americans are entertaining in their homes, more than ever. Cooking clubs, global cuisine and gourmet kitchens, both inside and outside, are quite common Today's fine table linens reflect the new entertaining style, casual with an easy elegance. Designers offer two collections a year and are fashion forward. They reflect current colors, bold patterns and the most advanced easy care fabrics. Lots of options means lots of questions. Tournesol, the premier fine table linen shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has the answers on its newly launched website,

1.     Should the tablecloth match the wallpaper...or dinnerware...or dining room chairs?

The tablecloth is the backdrop for the entire dining experience, the food, the guests, the dinnerware. The goal is to find a color that enhances your party. Most people prefer certain colors, which is normally reflected in the color palette in their homes and, many times, in their clothing wardrobe. Some can tolerate bold colors, others feel more comfortable with subdued shades.

First, choose a color to explore. It may be found on the walls of your room, in a favorite piece of art or the dinnerware. Then, allow the first tablecloth that you are drawn to take the lead. Explore its color combinations or patterns. If your first color choice does not work as expected, another color in the same tablecloth may lead you in a totally different direction.

You may choose a patterned tablecloth with a color that appears in several places in your room. Allow that color to unify the room, despite the pattern. It is amazing how often unexpected colors in the tablecloth will compliment the shades that already exist in the dining room or an adjoining room. A particular color may "suddenly appear" and the room and table will perfectly blend together.

2.    Is a solid tablecloth the only option if there is an Oriental rug, heavily patterned dinnerware or lots of patterns in the room?

Not necessarily. Certainly, a solid tablecloth can create a soothing and elegant table. A neutral cloth, whether cream, taupe or light gray, allows you to highlight the fabulous food and flowers on the table. A solid tablecloth in bright pink or sage green may enhance the most subtle shades of your favorite dinnerware or bring the beauty of the Oriental rug to your table. It might also be a great choice if the dinnerware has a very strong pattern.

There are tablecloths with subtle patterns that actually may enhance the patterns in the room, through the continuity of color. Try using a print napkin that compliments the tablecloth. It might just pick up a color in the patterned dinnerware, which might create a very interesting table.

On the other hand, you can simply ignore your gorgeous Oriental rug and the striped draperies. Choose an amazing tablecloth that compliments your dinnerware and create a separate oasis - mixing colors and patterns that you never imagined in your room.

3.     Do all fine table linens require a lot of care and ironing?

Actually, no. Today's designers are well aware of American's busy lives when few have the time or inclination to spend extra time in the laundry room. While the most traditional formal linen tablecloths require more effort, they can also be dry cleaned. But, most tablecloths are 100% cotton, easily washed in the machine, tumbled dry, requiring little or no ironing. New specialty laundry products take the worry from serving red wine or blueberry pie.

An increasing number of tablecloths are made with fabrics, cotton or linen, that have been treated to repel spills and stains, while still retaining the feel of soft fabric. There is also a fabulous French polyester tablecloth that looks and feels like silk. Simply machine wash on gentle cycle and hang to dry. Stains simply disappear.

About Tournesol:
Tournesol celebrates the world! Barbara Reilly's shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offers the finest selection of fine table linens in town, distinctive dinnerware and gifts for the home from around the world...and the highest level of personalized service. Tournesol is committed to bringing the same quality of items and service online.

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