It's surprisingly easy to create a country-inspired centerpiece for your dining area: All you need is a scattering of gourds or fruit, a copious amount of candles, or a spray of dried grasses. Farmhouse style, after all, is about keeping things casual, imperfect, and rustic. Here, we've rounded up a few of our favorite farmhouse table centerpiece ideas for the dining room — sophisticated enough for a party but simple enough for every day, too.

1. Dried Grasses

Dried flowers, grasses, and seed pods make rustic-but-chic accents for any occasion, as demonstrated in this simple DIY. Here, various lengths and shades of pampas grass are arranged in a neutral vase for a particularly eye-catching farmhouse table centerpiece idea.

2. Taper Candles and Candleholders

What's cozier than dining by candlelight? A sculptural set of wooden candleholders to hold said candles. This collection from Farmhouse Pottery makes a statement on the table even when the tapers aren't lit. (Might we also suggest a candleholder in the shape of a branch?)

3. Wild, Imperfect Flowers

If it's a flower arrangement you're going for, opt for an unfussy, not-too-styled look: Think flowers and leaves trailing from the arrangement and an asymmetric addition or two, plus earthy, neutral hues. Our favorite inspiration? This rustic, wild arrangement by an in-demand florist. Or, try a vase of dried flowers for your farmhouse table centerpiece idea. (They're having a moment.)

4. Bud Vases and Seasonal Flowers

farmhouse table centerpiece idea with bud vases and fresh flowers
credit: Jenni Kayne

Strewn down the center of the table or grouped together, tiny bud vases paired with your favorite flowers create a simple farmhouse table centerpiece idea that you can enjoy all year long. (It's a particularly perfect look, of course, for spring.)

5. Eucalyptus Runner

Instead of one arrangement in the center of the table, why not opt for a runner that extends down the whole length? This simple farmhouse table centerpiece idea incorporates a country decor favorite, eucalyptus — and it's easy to make, too. Tuck in a few tall taper candles and you're all set.

6. Rough-Hewn Wood Bowl

farmhouse table centerpiece idea with wood Bowl from Food52 Filled with Pinecones
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For a particularly rustic look, set the table with a long, vintage wooden trough filled with fruit, pinecones, or a bundle of evergreen branches. Even an empty wooden bowl has old-fashioned farmhouse charm.

7. Potted Herbs

farmhouse table centerpiece idea with potted Houseplants on Dining Room Table by Caroline Joy
credit: Caroline Joy

In lieu of fresh cut flowers, place a small plant — or three — in the center of the table. For an extra "farm-to-table" vibe, choose potted herbs: They'll look beautiful, plus you can snip fresh rosemary or thyme as you cook, right from your dining room table.

Annie Quigley

Annie Quigley is a freelance writer, editor, and poet whose work has appeared in Remodelista, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.