Dress Up Your Table with New Plate Sets

When your dining room needs a new look, new plate sets can transform the whole feel of the room. Sometimes, a simple swap like this can eliminate the need to invest in new furniture. Other times, dinner plate sets are the final, well-deserved detail in a room you just carefully refurnished.

If you like your current plates, you can still upgrade your style by checking out new designs to complement what you already have. A quick addition can make a difference in the atmosphere at every meal, too.

Curating Your Tabletop

The key to ensuring you have all the plates you need is to consider your tabletop holistically. While many homes already have everyday plate sets, plus a special occasion set, looking at your dinnerware from an experiential perspective can be just what you need to fill the gaps.

  • How often do you sit down to eat as a family? Formalizing dinner, even just a little, gives you every reason to select dinner plate sets. "Formalizing" really only needs to mean getting everyone to the table at the same time for the same meal.
  • Would you love to entertain more? Imagine your version of a perfectly set table. Include chargers, dinner plates, salad plates, serving dishes and more in the vision.
  • Do you have a knack for centerpieces that you should flex more often? Select a lightweight set of plates to correspond with seasonal or occasion-based centerpieces. A bold cobalt for summer days or an ornate floral on Sundays can highlight your decorating prowess.

Which Plates Do You Need?

Explore how different plate types might enhance your meals and entertaining, too. Maybe you already serve beautiful meals on dinner plates, but salads could make more appearances at your table. Maybe dessert would encourage lingering and more family time.

  • Dinner plates are the big plates that you use to serve your main meals. Stock up on these. They're the ones you need when guests come over and they double as serving platters on casual nights in with your family.
  • Salad plates hang out to the side of the dinner plate or are served alone before the entree. Salad plates are also great for tapas or serving lots of small plates for family-style meals.
  • Dessert plates are sometimes interchangeable with salad plates, but you should really have service for both.

Mix-and-Match Plate Sets

When selecting plate sets, feel free to mix-and-match. A highly formal service might include everything matching, but the contemporary table has room to play with depth of color and pattern. A modern, coastal tabletop can handle a highly decorated rim, while the opulent table looks beautiful with shots of solid color.

Dress your table up however you think will look best in your home. The rules only apply when you choose.

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