1. Seek out all kinds of fabric – second hand, offcuts, wondrous new patterns – in your chosen colour palette and throw them on the table like a deconstructed patchwork tablecloth.
2. Embrace imperfection. It doesn’t matter if the table shows through or the fabric hangs haphazardly.
3. Offer an assortment of patterned plates and let your guests choose their own.
4. Don’t always pick flowers for decoration. Use Japanese fortune sticks, or poem cards or items that draw in textural appeal or provoke a conversation.