Serve up a feast for the eyes whenever sitting down to dinner by setting a savory stage of appetizing colors, generous furnishings and entertaining accessories.

Better Homes and Gardens magazine suggests beginning with a basic backdrop that plays host to everything from a formal sit-down dinner to a casual birthday buffet. No greedy patterns should crowd the walls. Simple stripes and faux-marble wall coverings adapt well to any table-setting theme.Let guests drink in the beauty of the room. First, please them with comfortable furnishings: Traditional pine pieces quickly warm a room, inviting everyone to stay awhile.

Add fabric personality with chintz chair cushions and a dhurrie rug that anchors the table grouping. To give yourself storage, display spaces and a serviceable buffet, settle in a sideboard and a hutch with open shelves nearby. Then, serve everyone delicious scenery. Set a theme for dinner and pull out linens, dishes, lights and flowers that fit the occasion.

Finally, satisfy guests with delightful decorations. Add eye-catching surprises to the setting - treasured knickknacks and mementos are a good place to start.