Set the table in style with dinnerware that you love. Dinnerware is the champion of your dining table, and it’s much more than plates and bowls for serving food. Beautiful dinnerware complements your meals, sets the tone for your at-home dining experiences and expresses your personal style.
From formal settings for elegant dinner parties to casual pieces for everyday use, knowing and understanding the differences between the different types of dinnerware is the key to choosing a set that’s at home in your home.
# DINNERWARE MATERIALS
Call them what you will – plates or dishes – dinnerware can be a focal point of your table. Before you start thinking patterns and colors, it’s helpful to begin your search by focusing on the material you like. Common dinnerware materials include bone china, porcelain, earthenware, stoneware and melamine. Each type of dinnerware has its own benefits that can help you make your selection:
Bone China: Lightweight and elegant, bone china is a durable option for both every day and special occasion dinnerware because it resists chipping. It’s the strongest variety of china, and unlike fine china, it’s typically dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
Porcelain: This versatile material has a non-porous surface and excellent durability resulting from high firing temperatures. These pieces are typically dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe. Watch out for porcelain dinnerware with metallic accents – these make microwaves a no-go.
Earthenware: Earthenware offers value, durability and casual appeal. It’s one of the oldest industrial materials, and it gives your dinnerware substantial weight. It’s a good idea to avoid sudden temperature changes, high heat from the oven or high settings on the microwave, to keep this dinnerware looking its best.
Stoneware: The special finishing glaze on stoneware dinnerware sets gives the material a smooth appearance and an impermeable finish that makes it family-friendly and ideal for everyday use. Stoneware is more durable than earthenware, but you’ll still want to keep it at even temperatures without exposure to high heat or freezing. Pieces with hand-painted designs may require hand washing.
Melamine: An entertainer’s dream, melamine dinnerware is shatterproof and break resistant, which makes it ideal for outdoor use. Melamine dinnerware sets are typically dishwasher-safe but aren’t suitable for your oven or microwave.
# DINNERWARE STYLES
Blending your personal style with your dinnerware is easy! These pieces come in a variety of designs ranging from casual to elegant and everything in between. Formal dinnerware sets are typically made from china or porcelain, while stoneware, earthenware and melamine make great casual dinnerware.
Choose durable dinnerware sets for everyday use, shatter-resistant options for kids and outdoor parties, and fine materials for upscale dinner parties and formal gatherings. You may want to have one set for everyday use and another for special occasions and holidays.
Beyond formal and casual design considerations, dinnerware sets can be further divided into four styles: solid, banded, patterned and hand-painted.
Colors and patterns are a great way to express your personality and complement your home’s decor. For the most versatile formal dinnerware, you might choose a neutral such as white or ivory.
Selecting dinnerware with a border or rim detail can add color and personality while still showcasing the food itself. For casual dinner plates, make a splash with the colors and patterns that appeal to you: Be adventurous! If you’re shopping for longevity, consider going with options that are classic instead of trend-driven.
Solid or banded white pieces are timeless, versatile choices that make a stylish base when you want to add more colorful accent pieces to your table, and they make food look great.
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