Did you ever buy a fabulous dress in blazing orange only to realize you can’t wear it again for the next decade or so, because everyone will remember it? This is my dilemma with plates! You see, I’m a pattern girl. Most of my tablescapes are centered around lovely, intricate, conceptual patterns and they tend to be memorable. So I wanted to address the challenge of re-using patterned plates with a completely new look.
The plate in question, in this case, is the Fitz and Floyd bird salad plate from the Toulouse Blue Collection. I used it last spring in one of my most popular table settings, A Springy Seder, and haven’t used it since for fear of being too repetitive. Yet I felt it’s ridiculous to have this wonderful seasonal plate and not use it, so I challenged myself to style a table repeating the same plate but with a very different aesthetic tone.
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The most effective way to change the look of a pattern is to pull out and highlight entirely fresh pop colors. In the earlier tablescape I had emphasized the blues and browns, maintaining a very ‘twiggy’, dry, nature themed table. This time I chose to play up the greens instead, opting for rich bold color rather than the understated neutrals. This also lent itself well to accessorizing with a little more bling
I went with a crisp underpinning of vintage white embroidered tablecloth, the perfect backdrop off which to bounce the pop colors.
Vibrant purple hydrangeas offer another splash of color, further setting the table apart from its more organic predecessor. The floral sits in a mercury glass vase from Pottery Barn.
Ralph Lauren Glen Plaid goblets bounce light around the table and sit nicely against the silver candlestick holders.
The tiny bit of pink in the butterfly on the plate hints at yet another color way I can focus on in the future to reinvent this bold pattern again.
Rattan chargers are from Pier 1 and ground the whole look by providing a rich foundation.
Color is, without a doubt, the single most effective way to transform your decor, whether it be a room that needs refreshing or a patterned piece that’s wanting an update. By seeking out and capitalizing on the subtle accent colors, you can completely rework a very dominant look.
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