Kristin Banta Events Photo by Bradeon Photography

Tabletop Design Today: A Mismatch Made in Heaven

What’s tops in tabletops today? Shunning perfectly matched settings in favor of mixed colors and textures, today’s designers infuse risk into their tablescapes—much to their clients’ delight.

The perfect table with perfectly matched flatware, plates, stemware? Not now. Today’s prevalent tabletop trend is blending contrasting elements to create a surprisingly polished look.

“It's about taking risks and mixing unexpected items to create a mosaic of cohesive textures, finishes and tones,” says Kristin Banta, founder and creative director of Studio City, Calif.-based Kristin Banta Events.

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