Forget the standard wall-mounted dish display (fine china, strictly matching), and free-associate instead. Mixing plates from different sets and eras not only looks fresh but also makes it easy to showcase stray family heirlooms or flea market finds. By sticking to a loose palette (we went with white, blue, and brown) and keeping the display symmetrical, you'll keep the overall look cohesive.
From top, from left: Taste Blue Fade platter, by Paola Navone for Reichenbach, $180, tabulatua.com. Cube dessert plate, $78; Blue Marble dessert plate, $92; and Bac dinner plate, $78; all by Astier de Villatte; johnderian.com. Blue Fluted Mega salad plate, $100, royalcopenhagen.us. Adelaide pearled saucers, by Astier de Villatte, $55, abchome.com. Salt chairs, in Black, from $99 each, dwr.com.