Everyday dish- and glassware is rarely given the level of prestige as a most collections, but if you're relying on open shelving, a change of mindset might be necessary. A bit of editing and attention to color and/or shape can give even the most ragtag group of dishes a cohesive tone...
Staying in the same general color family (think all cool or warm tones) or sticking to one style or design (maybe all modern
or Russel Wright
) will keep your dinnerware looking more like a collection rather than clutter. We also recommend most any style/color mixed with basic white, if you'd rather play up a few special pieces without building a whole set around them. Also, sometimes getting rid of a few misfit items that don't quite mesh might be just what's needed to find a common thread in the rest of the dishes. Just think, "is one of these things not like the other?", and it should be no sweat.
(Top image: Paul Raeside)