Designers John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross, founders of the home accessories line Dransfield & Ross, reveal their favorite napkin-folding ideas.
Read on for step-by-step instructions to create four unique and stylish napkin looks.
“Love the roll because it shows off a napkin’s pretty edge; plus, it’s a snap to do”
- Fold napkin into a square.
- Roll napkin, starting from unadorned side.
- Slip a napkin ring over the loose roll, exposing all four layers of trim.
- Place napkin horizontally over the plate to give the setting a dynamic and unexpected look!
“This dressy, buttoned-up fold with the peek-a-boo trim is a fabulous option for more formal occasions. Drape the folded napkin halfway off the plate for an extra-dramatic look.”
- Fold napkin into a rectangle, leaving a little space between the trimmed edges.
- Repeat fold for an even skinnier rectangle (and what looks like the start of a paper fan).
- Flip it over so that the smooth side is up, then grab the top edge and fold it toward you.
- Line up your edges for a tailored look fit for any formal occasion.
“The orange velvet double-D ring matches the napkin trim for a sporty, preppy look that would be great for a luncheon or casual dinner party.”
- Fold napkin with trim into a square.
- Grab closed corner (the corner without trim) and pull a couple of inches of the fabric through the napkin ring.
- Place the softly draped fold over the center of the plate for a sculptural spade shape.
“This architectural fold is so versatile! It could go with a traditionally formal table setting or work in a Mid-Century Modern environment that plays up the structured shape. Plus, the folds of the napkin also double as a place-card holder!”
Fold napkin into a square.
- Starting at the most open and decorated corner, bring the top layer toward the closed corner.
- Repeat with the subsequent napkin layers, bringing each corner slightly lower than the previous one so that none of the trim overlap.
- Turn the triangle over, smooth side up. Take one of the narrow corners and fold it halfway over; repeat with the other corner.
- Flip back over for an architectural fold.