Whether it be earthy stoneware or durable enamel, here’s how to select—and budget for—a tasteful setting.
Whether it be timeless whiteware or earthy ceramics, elegant china or modern melamine, what you lay down on your table makes a statement—and sets the scene. Plus, with the current trend of
“Open shelving has brought more consideration to tableware as part of home decor,” says Jono Pandolfi, founder of
“Dinnerware with a slightly rustic or handmade quality is popular right now,” confirms Ellen Nystrom of
So, how do you select the perfect place settings for your home, and what should you expect to spend? Nystrom recommends carefully considering your lifestyle and personal style before picking plates. “Since many of our clients desire low-maintenance lives, and have a casual style, I select dinnerware that is not too precious, and easy-to-incorporate replacements as pieces get chipped or broken,” she says.
Also, consider what tone you want to set with your place settings. “Good dinnerware is a luxury that is often overlooked, but it can elevate food, making every meal feel special,” says Pandolfi. “It can provide the perfect vessel for something you’ve spent all day cooking, or add decadence to weeknight takeout.”
The price of dinnerware covers a vast range, from $10 to $125 per piece, and even the same per setting. As a best practice, spend as much as you can afford if you want a set that’s going to last a lifetime, or consider budget options if you are planning on changing it up with the seasons.
How to Select Dinnerware
Surprisingly, top of mind shouldn’t be what look you want, but where you’re going to put it. Storage is something to consider when buying dinnerware. Do you have space for multiple sets, or will you need a one-size-serves-all set that can go from cereal to ceviche?
How it’s made, and what it’s made of, are the next most important features to focus on—but don’t get too muddled by material. Essentially, with the exception of glass and melamine dinnerware, most options are ceramic, the basis of which is some form of clay mixed with other materials (the difference is in the ratios and additives).