Using Blue and White Patterns for Table Settings

When we speak of traditional table settings, a common style that comes to mind is the classic blue and white antique ceramic combinations from either China or Europe.

What's good about this theme is that you can mix and match different pieces from separate sets such as antiques and contemporary pieces and still achieve a serene yet sophisticated effect.

Just remember a few basic tips when using the blue and white theme:

- The shades of blue must be uniform.

- Because of the intricacies of most blue and white porcelain designs, keep the tablecloth and table napkins plain so that the focal point will be the patterns or the other way around.

- You may combine solid whites or solid with the patterned ones to blend the traditional and contemporary pieces.

Noritake dinnerware blue and white

- To add color to the table, place fruits such as lemons or oranges.

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