SET THE TABLE: Mismatched Dinnerware


When mismatched dinnerware is done well, it looks so elegant on a tablesetting. I think this trend became popular with the use of vintage china, where one almost never finds a complete set of the genuinely old stuff, and so you mix and match the dinnerware to create a tablesetting. However, this trend looks just as good with current pieces, so if you’re not already doing so, consider mixing your plates. Below are some tips to keep in mind:


1. Be conscious of the number of colors per place setting. Focus on different textures and patterns instead.

2. When creating a layered placesetting, we almost always begin with the plate that sits at the top.  This is usually the salad plate, or on occasion a soup bowl. The top plate sets the tone and color palette  for the design, and the plates underneath play a complementary role.

3. Be mindful of the napkin color, pattern and  placement, If your layered  plates are working well together, consider a simple white or solid colored napkin in lieu of patterned ones.


For the tablescape shown, we used the following products:

White Charger by Pier One

Dinner plate  by  Mikasa

Dessert plate by Anthropologie

Silver Flatware from Barrons Rental

Napkin with lace Trim- Antique shop find


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