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3 Ways to Mix and Match Tableware

Create a stylish dining table with these ideas

Photography: Kurt Alvarez and Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

When hosting parties and get-togethers, you need to prepare the food and the dining area. Aside from bringing out the best dinnerware, you may also experiment with the matching of your tableware.

The setup above highlights a rustic contemporary vibe with the pairing of dainy, sleek, and country pieces. It works because the glam elements add a new dimension of sophistication to a well-loved domestic style without being overbearing. The distressed finish of the table, along with its scars, complements the polished tableware that accompanies it. 

Here are three more ideas that you may want to consider.

Picks and Production by Dagny Madamba. Sittings Editor: Issa Villar.

Read the original article in the September 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Modern Medley

Metal + White + Organic Plate

Why it works: The texture of hammered metal contrasted against a ceramic plate with an unusual organic glaze makes this mix very modern. Classic white dinnerware is a good mediator of the two distinct styles.

Blue Plate, P2,199.75 and Blue Bowl, P1,599.75, both from L'Indochine

Blue cup with Metallic Base and Saucer, price available upon request, a11

White Rice Bowl, P109.75; Soup Bowl, P289.75; Small Plate, P199.75; Big Plate, P389.75, all from Dimensione

Whimsical Noir

Black + Brights + Quirky Details

Why it works: The dichotomy of bright and dark goes hand in hand to create a cohesive but slightly off-kilter table setting. Vintage-detailed cutlery and strangely shaped vases add just the right touch of quirk.

Black Dinnerware Set, P1,299.95 per set of six, Dimensione

Jonathan Adler Salt and Pepper Shaker, P2,798 per set, Dimensione

Seletti Cutlery Set, P14,210, per set of six, Dimensione

Jewel in the Palace

Colorful Goblets + Red + Silk + Tassels

Why it works: A mixture of beautiful, jewel-toned colors and shiny, luxurious materials make a bold statement that’s fit for a king—or a very flamboyant homeowner.

Turks Head Napkin Rings, P1,180, set of six, AC+632

Two-toned Colored Glass Goblets, P349.75, L'Indochine

Red plate, price available upon request, a11

*Prices are subject to change. Visit the stores to inquire.

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