Mixing traditional and contemporary tableware transforms a table setting. Creating combinations of vintage pieces with bold modern patterns can be both fun and challenging. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, uniquely mismatched groupings are becoming the new classic.
When choosing pieces, let color be the unifying theme. Marrying an English Minton plate with a Richard Ginori Charger may seem a stretch, but the balance in the large to the small designs and color combinations gives each setting and course a whole new tone. Modernistic colored glassware can refresh antique crystal water goblets, and trendy sunset table linens can transport a late 19th century formal dinner plate to a swanky table for a cocktail supper.
For casual elegance at a “rise and shine” brunch, open the cabinet and start with your predictable Juliska Sitio Stripe Indigo plate, then layer with Grandmother’s coveted antique salad plate, generally only used for special occasions. Balance with a Juliska blue tumbler and modern ivory acrylic place setting — splendid!
Mix it up by rethinking the dependable and expected. It takes a practiced eye to get it right, but take pleasure in using long forgotten china, silver, and linens, and find joy in mingling them with the newer sleek and clean options on your shelves. Unify the patterns with fresh flowers, and let each personal design be a conversation piece!