A red-and-black china pattern with gold ornamentation also complements the colored stem-ware. The wood of the table is too beautiful to cover, so Betsy chooses simple linen placemats in soft gold rather than the standard tablecloth.
A sparkling crystal chandelier and formal tableware are usually accompanied by traditional floral arrangements. Instead, the designer flanks a boxwood-filled antique cachepot with large pieces of coral . The result: a statement that is striking in its simplicity.
Rich colors can get too dark if you don’t throw in some light and sparkle. Use brilliant, jewel-toned glassware that will add depth and reflect light. The layering of patterns on a table also adds interest.