Why You Should Register for Mismatched China

Setting your table is an art, so let us tell you how to color outside the lines.
by Lauren Kay

Simply put, registering for your wedding china can be difficult. First, you have to know what to register for and why, and then you're faced with the daunting task of picking a pattern to look at during every holiday for the rest of your life. But don't worry! Now you can mix different patterns and pieces to create a bespoke look that will be stylish for years to come.

  1. Going Green

    Green mixed china
    photo by Burcu Avsar

    Fine china doesn't have to be fussy or overly formal—it doesn't even need to match. Set a playful table with a mix of patterns you love, from linear graphics to feminine florals. The trick to achieving cohesion? Let a single hue anchor the designs—this keeps the patterns from competing

    1. Vista Alegre emerald dessert plate, $49, GraciousHome.com
    2. Ted Baker Rosie Lee mint saucer, $36 for saucer and teacup (not shown), Portmeirion.com
    3. Kate Spade New York Greenwich grove green teapot, $150, Lenox.com
    4. Bernardaud Portraits Impressionnistes dinner plate, $350 for set of four, Bloomingdales.com
    5. Mottahedeh Green Apple lace heirluminare votive, $200 for set of two and tray (not shown), Mottahedeh.com
    6. Bernardaud Constance rim soup bowl, $144, Bloomingdales.com
    7. Hermes Voyage En Ikat emerald charger, $630, MichaelCFina.com
    8. Michael Aram Palm gold flatware, $110 for 5-piece set, MichaelAram.com

  2. Megawatt Metallics

    Metallic mixed china
    photo by Burcu Avsar

    Gold and silver can live in harmony. Start with a contemporary pattern like a big, bold graphic. Then, layer with heirloom flatware or an antique cup and saucer. This fusion of styles can help you achieve a custom look that reflects your tastes. Mixing matte and shiny finishes will also add texture and dimension to the setting.

    1. Antonia Blanc dinner plate, $100 for 5-piece setting, Mikasa.com
    2. B by Brandie Harrison salad plate in black and gold, $26, BbyBrandie.com
    3. B by Brandie Zelda bread plate in gold, $19, BbyBrandie.com
    4. Michael Aram Molten flatware in gold, $100 for 5-piece set, MichaelAram.com
    5. Michael Aram Goldsmith dinner plate, $50, MichaelAram.com
    6. Prouna Marble canapé plate, $95 for set of 4, Bloomingdales.com
    7. Vista Alegre Domo charger plate in gold, $298, GraciousStyle.com
    8. Bernardaud Divine dinner plate, $125, MichaelCFina.com
    9. Ted Baker Rosie Lee covered sugar bowl, $43, Portmeirion.com
    10. L'Objet Alençon dinner plate in platinum, $158, L-objet.com
    11. Villeroy & Boch La Classica contra salad plate, $28, Villeroy-Boch.com
    12. L'Objet Swan salt cellar and spoon, $135, L-objet.com

  3. Out of the Blue

    Blue mixed china
    photo by Burcu Avsar

    The insider tip to mixing it up? Stay consistent with your china's formality. For example, stoneware and fine china never really work together—the difference in the weight of the plates is distracting. Also, if you're already varying patterns and color shades, keep the rims similar such as all gold.

    1. Mottahedah dessert plate, $80, Bloomingdales.com
    2. Vista Alegre bread and butter plate, $24, MichaelCFina.com
    3. Argent Orfèvres flatware, $75 for 5-piece set, HamptonForge.com
    4. Oscar de la Renta pepper shaker, $165 for set, OscardelaRenta.com
    5. B By Brandie charger plate, $53, BbyBrandie.com
    6. Wedgwood salad plate, $44, Macys.com
    7. Wedgwood dinner plate, $72, Macys.com
    8. Domenico Vacca by Prouna coupe plate, $198 for set of 4, Bloomingdales.com
    9. Juliska party plate, $108 for set of 4, Amazon.com
    10. Wedgwood teacup, $84 for teacup and saucer (not shown), Macys.com
    11. Kate Spade New York Tidbit plate, $50 for set of 4, Macys.com

  4. Black Magic

    Black and white mixed china
    photo by Burcu Avsar

    Nothing says "elegant" like classic black and white. This dynamic duo can act as a neutral or bold accent. And it's always in style. Start with the "little black dress" of your table—the versatile piece that will pull it all together—and build from there. Use delicate florals to soften the look or add exotic animals into the mix for something a bit edgier.

    1. Ted Baker Langdon dinner plate in black, $72 for 4-piece place setting, Portmeirion.com
    2. Michael Aram Black Orchid salad plate, $120 for 5-piece place setting. MichaelAram.com
    3. Scalamandre Zebras platinum china, $165 for 5-piece place setting, Lenox.com
    4. Ralph Lauren Bennington dessert plate, $19, RalphLauren.com
    5. Hermes H Deco coffee cup and saucer, $150, MichaelCFina.com
    6. Skandia Opera flatware, $75 for 20-piece set, HamptonForge.com
    7. Christian Lacroix by Vista Alegre Sol Y Sombra dinner plate, $79, SaksFifthAvenue.com
    8. L'Object Jaguar napkin jewels, $165 for set of 4, L-objet.com
    9. Kim Seybert Abstraction napkin, $84 for set of 4, KimSeybert.com

  5. Seeing Red

    Red mixed china
    photo by Burcu Avsar

    You don't need a special occasion to use your china. Pull out your salad plates for a wine-and-cheese soiree or elevate date-night takeout.

    1. Villeroy & Boch Amazonia Anmut teacup, $31, Villeroy-Boch.com
    2. Oscar de la Renta Coralina dinner plate, $38, OscardelaRenta.com
    3. Kate Spade New York Jemma Street plate, $139 for 5-piece place setting, Macys.com
    4. B by Brandie Zelda bread plate in red, $19, BbyBrandie.com

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