Mixing Patterns: One of the hottest trends in tableware is mixing patterns. Blending a striped charger with a polka dot dinner plate can add a simple modern pop to your table. Take a look at a single five-piece place setting design first. One of the things you will notice about a well-designed place setting is how the elements work together. It's important to keep this in mind as you mix patterns. An intricate pattern should be offset by a neutral piece, otherwise your table will be all over the place. It is like cooking, ingredients should be used to enhance the taste, not overpower.