Setting the Table with Blue and White

Posted by: Rebecca Atwood

Once you’ve mastered the neutral table setting it’s time to play with color.  It’s such an easy way to change the mood.

Blue and white is a classic combination, and makes for an easy but stylish tabletop setting. Blue happens to be one of my go-to colors, but you can take this same concept and apply it to your palette. Here we’re going to explore two directions – dressing down your china and dressing up a classic white plate. Keeping that mix of casual and formal makes for a more interesting setting. 

Since blue and white is so classic, I want to mix things up so it feels modern. That means mixing old and new and high and low.

I love to mix my china with more casual pieces so it feels easy for everyday use. Why else have it if you’re not going to use it!  In this first look I brought in a casual blue and white dishtowel as a placemat. The plaid dishtowel is also basic enough that it doesn’t compete with the other elements. It’s just a great backdrop.

Blue and White Table Setting


If you love a white plate look, then try adding in your color palette through the textiles. Here I wanted to dress it up. I used a Mexican Ótomi runner. It’s embroidered and a real showstopper so you don’t need much else. Using textiles that may not traditionally be table linens is a great way to elevate the mood. For this combination you might also consider bringing in terracotta tones and colored glass to add another layer to the story.


  • where did you get that china?

    ellen on

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