Nubby linen or a soft cotton works well. We’ve even used a canvas drop cloth from the hardware store during outdoor dinners. Kraft paper also works in a pinch.
A few choice items, especially in a minimalist tablescape, can be beautiful. The key is to artfully arrange them so the tablescape feels clean and uncluttered. Be sure to arrange your items symmetrically and in odd groupings (1, 3, or 5).
Geometric shapes like these candle sconces add lightness and structure to this setting. Ceramics in a neutral color are another option to add warmth.