Centerpieces add interest to the dining experience, creating ambience but not being obstructive. The centerpiece should add color and texture without creating an impediment to conversation and sight linens.
In a large room, create interest by using 2 or three different tablescapes. A room of the exact same table can be boring. Centerpieces with a high, medium and low option fills the sight line as guests walk in and can be filled by a candelabra, tall floral topped vase or decorative lamp. A medium arrangement can be a cylinder with floral or candle light and the low can be a floral arrangement or assortment of candles.
Votives are space fillers and the candlelight adds the finishing touch for your centerpieces. Votives are an inexpensive accent and come in a variety of colors, finishes and shapes. Very popular options are the cradle and mercury finish.