From your everyday breakfast to the Christmas dinner feast we use our dinner services as frequently as we do our cookers, sinks or televisions. Consequently, we should take the time to ensure that they are attractive and reflective of our personalities whilst also being practical and hard wearing.
Ceramic dinner services come in a huge variety of styles, shapes and colours and offer affordable durability for the most contemporary and most traditional homes. Furthermore, with minimal cost a clever combination of plates and bowls can create a simplistic, versatile and usable design scheme for your dinner parties without cluttering your table with endless pointless decorations. This article tells you how.
The first consideration when choosing your dinner service is the style or design on the plates and bowls themselves. Take inspiration from curtains, placemats, kitchen units or wall art to create a design theme. Instead of buying a ‘bulk buy’ dinner service create your own which perfectly coordinates and enhances the style of your room. For example, in a contemporary home, use lime green placemats, stainless steel chargers, a simple white dinner plate and lime green, silver and white striped bowls.
Placed on top of one another they create a fetching feature on the table and also ensure that your guests are equipped for each course. In a more traditional home choose an antique charger, crème dinner plate and paisley patterned bowl. Teamed with traditional looking cutlery and a simple table runner your table will be clutter free but in keeping at the same time.
Food For Thought
Alongside the aesthetic elements it is also important to consider your practical eating requirements. Generally, people prefer to eat off white or pale coloured plates as these colours are associated with hygiene and sanitisation. Consequently, if you would like to incorporate darker shades and patterns use these for chargers, mugs and side plates which do not come under as much scrutiny as the main dinner plate.
Alternatively choose a style which restricts the pattern or dark colours to the outskirts or rim of the dishes. Furthermore, take a moment to look at what meals are eaten regularly by you and your family and ensure you have dishes which make eating these foods easy. For example, for those who love Italian; include pasta bowls and large pizza plates within your dinner set design. Furthermore, calculate how many of each piece you need for both day to day use and for larger family meals. Once worked out, add a few more to compensate for any breakages!
Finally, to ensure your dinner parties are a feast for the eyes as well as the stomachs give your table that extra edge with coordinating napkins, placemats, table runners, glasses and cutlery. Each part of the dinner service makes a statement and before your guests arrive set your table and ensure it is an exciting, welcoming and sociable layout to start your dinner party on a high.