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How to Invigorate Old China with Contemporary, but Complementary Table Accessories

What is old can be new again with a few strategical updates.
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To invigorate the look of old china on your table, embrace its palette and identify common shapes and details to weave through the new elements. These helpful suggestions will also ensure that Grandma's wedding dishes live happily ever after.

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Add New Patterns

Stick to the colors of your old china to keep the table cohesive, but mix in a serving piece with another motif that complements it.

Juliska Country Estate Main House Tureen in Delft Blue
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Juliska

A tiny house and giant vines bring whimsy to this formal future heirloom.

Shop Now: Juliska Country Estate Main House Tureen in Delft Blue, $450, onekingslane.com.

Caskata Arbor Medium Serving Bowl in Gold,
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Caskata

The large gilded leaves on this versatile vessel work beautifully with floral china.

Shop Now: Caskata Arbor Medium Serving Bowl in Gold, $95, caskata.com.

Ginori 1735 Oriente Italiano Platter in Cipria
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Ginori

An oversize, attention-grabbing take on chinoiserie, this comes in 19 other colors.

Shop Now: Ginori 1735 Oriente Italiano Platter in Cipria, $250, ginori1735.com.

Play Up One Color

Choose a shade from your pattern that you want to highlight, and let it fly in accent pieces like linens or glasses.

Mud Australia Pebble Large Bowl in Blossom
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Mud Australia

This simple beauty is available in 19 colors, from Duck Egg to Wasabi.

Shop Now: Mud Australia Pebble Large Bowl in Blossom, $160, us.mudaustralia.com.

Sferra Festival Napkins in Curry, Ocean, and Petal
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Sferra

Hemstitched linen is extra-elegant—pick from 102 colors for a perfect match.

Shop Now: Sferra Festival Napkins in Curry, Ocean, and Petal, $31 each, sferra.com.

Estelle Colored Wine Glasses in Amber Smoke, Blush Pink, and Cobalt Blue
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Estelle

Eighteen shades for your red, white, or rosé.

Shop Now: Estelle Colored Wine Glasses in Amber Smoke, Blush Pink, and Cobalt Blue, $190 for six different colors; $175 for six of the same, westelm.com.

Mix Mod Materials

Elevate older porcelain with glass, wood, metal, or ceramic items that add texture and dimension to your table.

Simon Pearce Ascutney Pitcher
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Simon Pearce

A clear, clean-lined glass pitcher looks at home on any tablescape.

Shop Now: Simon Pearce Ascutney Pitcher, $150, simonpearce.com.

Spencer Peterman Cherrywood Bowl
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Spencer Peterman

Handmade from upcycled wood, it lends organic warmth to old-fashioned plates.

Shop Now: Spencer Peterman Cherrywood Bowl, 10", $90, spencerpeterman.com.

Martha Stewart Faux Bois Serving Platter
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Martha Stewart

Your new favorite platter: faux-bois in a fresh shade.

Shop Now: Martha Stewart Faux Bois Serving Platter, 14", $31.99, wayfair.com.