In fashion, a current trend is to take two to three colors that have very little in common and wear them together for a “blocked” look.
You’ll use more of one than the others and miraculously pull together an outfit that sets a tone for your look that day and plays up your best features.
Taking that concept to the dining room table works, too. Pair matching glasses or stemware with plates and bowls against a solid background; then throw in a third color along the handles of the silverware or accents in the centerpiece.
In the picture above, the main colors are a creamy beige and stark white, and the table is clear so it could complement any combination of chairs, walls, and dinnerware.
The calming, inviting effect in the room comes from the introduction of cobalt stemware and bowls stacked upon small black plates. Light shining through the stemware reflects on the plates, giving even those a glowing cast of blue.
The centerpiece in this case remains neutral as well, so it doesn’t compete with the blue. Instead, the lack of color there helps the place settings achieve balance for the table without distraction.
The addition of red adds a spark of fun and warmth back to the room without requiring too much attention.
Matching plates, bowls, and mugs are often sold in sets, but matching stemware must be purchased separately.
Photo credit: mick mft