When my friend was planning her wedding, she chose a tiny, quaint inn on the Historic Register. It was the very definition of quirky and oh-so-charming! The welcoming atmosphere was evident in each detail, including an entire wedding feast for 100+ served on mismatched china! Ever since, I’ve been a fan of the vintage, mismatched china look for its homey, cottage-y feel.
Of course, in order for your mismatched tablescape to succeed, a bit of forethought is required.
- Start with a base. If you already own china – great! I have a gorgeous set of bright white fine china with a simple gold band, which pairs with almost anything.
- When mixing styles, stay within a theme. For example, all charming florals in pastels OR bolder, more graphic pieces in blue and white. Use one or the other, not both.
- Ditto with mixing types of china. Generally, ironstone or pottery will not pair well with very thin, fine porcelain.
- Start slowly by simply adding mismatched serving pieces to your existing china. Or, pick up all new dessert plates for a fun look.
- Sizes should be approximately the same. For example, a luncheon and a dinner plate are not even close in diameter.
- For teacups, I personally prefer my cups and saucers to be mates and to have just one of each design. If all the cups and saucers do not match, it begins to look like a bit of a jumble sale.
- A solid colored tablecloth often works best and allows the eye to focus on the beautiful designs and details of each piece.
Searching through antiques shops, estate sales, and even the Goodwill are fun ways to add to your collection. Of course, there are entire shops on Etsy and dealers on eBay if you need an instant fix. But, I think that half the fun of using mismatched china is finding it!
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