How to : mix and match ceramics
Want to create a casual yet elegant look for your dining table? Get creative by mixing and matching ceramics and table accessories. Follow Città Stylist Sam van Kan's six top tips for a perfectly imperfect (but curated) table setting!
1. Choose a hero pattern
The beauty of Città's ceramics and dinnerware is the way the seasonal prints are translated onto them, in a variety of colourways and finishes. One of my favourite prints this year is Flint, which comes in soft pastel ceramics, gold foil platters, clear/white placemats and sage green tea towels. By using a selection of pieces with this hero pattern, you can create a colourful setting with an overarching theme. The perfect solution to a mix and match dining table.
2. Go pattern on pattern
Another direction you can take with pattern is to mix and match different patterns in complementary tones. This season's ceramics and accessories come in both soft pastels and jewel tones. Our pretty Flint ceramics with pastel flecks work really well alongside the grid pastel tones of our Morales ceramics.
Get the look: soft pastels
3. Define your colour palette
Choose three to five different colours, patterns and textures to create your look. More than this and things can start to feel jumbled. If you're using patterned ceramics you could select complimentary colours from the pattern itself or if you have a floral display on your dining table, pick tones from this!
4. Re-purpose pieces
Wooden, slate or marble serving boards can be used as alternative place settings, or podiums for condiments or side dishes. Use cake plates or platters for displaying candles or flowers at varying heights.
Get the look : Rich Jewel Tones
5. Mix up the placement
When setting the table, choose two elements to keep constant - placemats or dinner plates, napkins or coasters, and layer from there. Continue with the mix and match theme by keeping things asymmetrical - place cutlery on top of plates, to one side or on a playful 'just tossed that there' angle. Napkins might sit to one side, folded on the plate or laid flat under as an alternative to a placemat.
6. Add details to delight
To complete your table setting, tie ribbons and sprigs of rosemary or bay leaves around cutlery for an alternative to napkin rings, or use parcel tags to create elegant name cards when you’re introducing new guests to the table.
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