3 Steps To A Modern Vintage Table
Mix and match your way to a uniquely personal look
Love vintage style but don’t want your table to look like a jumble from Grandma’s attic? Here’s how to combine new and old pieces for a look that’s fresh and fun, not fusty.
1. Start with something bold.
Pick one favorite element—like the soft pink gold-rimmed bowls in the image above, ornately patterned china, or even a beautiful vintage tablecloth—and use that as your “anchor”: the piece you’ll use to inspire the rest of the look. The anchor does not have to be a plate or even a main piece of dinnerware; it’s just your starting point.
2. Choose supporting players.
Use the colors in your anchor to help you choose additional tableware, linens, and serving pieces. You could pick one or two colors from a pattern and match everything else to that or go for contrast, keeping the rest of the palette white or cream—or black, for a dramatic look. Remember to incorporate plenty of contrasting texture: soft napkins on a Cambria tabletop, a mix of wood, ceramic, and metal servers, or detailed handles on flatware, for example.
3. Add sparkle and shine.
Faceted glassware and special flatware—here, gold-toned flatware picks up the gilt rim of the pink nut bowls—lend light-reflecting shimmer and a hint of glam to your composition. Finish the look with a casual arrangement of flowers in a color pulled from your anchor piece, or stick with the gorgeous green of potted herbs.