Working With Different Styles

Some patterns are sort of like neutral colors. They can mix and match well with almost anything. This is useful, of course, for building your china and crystal collection and to get the most out of what you have. It’s also handy if you haven’t been able to find all of the pieces for a set that you are totally in love with. Other patterns aren’t this easy to work with, though, with styles so specific that they don’t mix as well with pieces of a different theme.

In this case, the key is finding smaller details and similarities between items instead of necessarily matching an overall visual look. For example, let’s first take a look at Lenox Windsong. This soft and graceful pattern has a light blue floral band. It has a sort of country charm to it that makes for a very welcoming table. For a crystal set to go with this, you could try Waterford Ashling. Though Ashling has what may be a stronger appearance to it, there is still a grace in the pieces, plus, the leaves cut into the side fit the plant theme.

Now, let’s look at Wedgwood Amherst. Quite different than Lenox Windsong, this Amherst pattern condenses its beauty to a small gray band. The lines are much straighter and geometric, unlike Windsong’s naturally inspired design. They might not seem to go perfectly together, but the commonality is that Amherst also has a very small floral design inside its band. What crystal works well with Amherst? St Louis Chantilly is a piece that fits in easily to the table setting. Another piece with strong lines and deep cuts, it easily matches the strength of Amherst.

The interesting part comes when you try to mix and match pieces like this. Windsong and Ashling go well together, but how would Ashling and Amherst work? How about Chantilly with Windsong? It is all up to you to decide.

Waterford Ashling

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