Create a classic blue and white tablescape

Tips to master this classic look

By Sunshine Menefee
Staff Writer

Blue and white china is as classic as you can get. This formal look can be found in antique vases in New England to Sunday dinner in the South or on an ocean-front table on the west coast. Creating this timeless look for your home can easy with just a few tips to follow.

Mix and match patterns

Mixing pieces from different sets keeps like look elegant, but not too stuffy. Try some traditional Chinese patterns with a modern floral. The juxtaposition keeps things fresh. A nod to the heritage of the style with a touch of contemporary makes for greater interest.



Mix patterns to keep things fresh.



Solid color plates allow for the decorative design to shine.


Keep the palette simple

Showcase the artistry by keeping the color palette to a minimum. The patterns in these pieces can get busy and your eye needs a place to rest. Consider using solid color chargers to create negative space around patterned plates.

Bring in another color in the table linens or floral arrangement. A soft pink bouquet or lush green topiaries make great complements.



Pink softens the look




A pop of green showcases the beautiful blues.


Go vintage

It’s tempting to buy a new set of tableware, but a carefully curated collection is much more inspiring. Scour flea markets and local antique shops for most of your pieces. Then fill in the gaps with new items.



Older pieces have stories to tell.



This vintage cake stand adds elegance to any table.


Big and small

Setting an intriguing table means adding some larger pieces. Gain some height with larger vases and set them next to delicate tea cups. This balance will keep the table from becoming monotonous.

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Height gives interest.


Varying height centerpieces give character to the tablescape.


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Urns are great pieces to use.



Use blue and white china to create a beautiful and elegant table that is sure be lovely. With a little thought, this look is easy to accomplish.

Good luck!

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