It’s been said (by us; right here, right now) that one of the markers of truly having your life together is when you can graduate from cheap mismatched plastic plates to a dinnerware collection you’d be proud to display. And the easiest way to achieve this cohesive, elegant look? Ceramic dinnerware.
Turns out, we’re not the only ones who think so: A recent report from Pinterest found that searches for ceramic dinnerware have increased by 185 percent from last year. So, just in time for spring entertaining, we’ve put together a list of our favorite collections at various price points to prove that your chicest tablescape ever doesn’t have to be out of reach.
Jenni Kayne’s inaugural tabletop collection is pretty much sophisticated minimalist perfection. According to the designer, her focus was on making everyday items a little more special: “My style can be described as warm, minimal, simple, and elegant. I love a neutral palette because they keep things classic and clean, and they’re great to mix and match,” she said. The earthy colors make every piece pretty much perfect for just that.
Heath Ceramics Spring Collection, $139.50
Similarly simple, this collection by Heath Ceramics provides just a hint of variety to make your tabletop a little more interesting. A pale blue-grey color, crisp linen hue, and warm gray tone are particularly perfect for a layered look.
Calling all maximalists: We found your perfect ceramic collection. This gorgeous Anthropologie set (purchased separately via the link above) is hand painted and made in Portugal, boasting a colorful watercolor design for a playful look. The bright color palette is coincidentally also perfect for spring or summer entertaining, so stock up on these before your first al fresco dinner party of the season.
East Fork Pottery, $16+
East Fork Pottery isn’t broken down into collections, but given the similar aesthetic of the entire company, feel free to mix and match to your heart’s desire and create your own color palettes. The uncomplicated design features a simple solid color outlined in deep brown, from softer shades to punchy hues. Start with the dinner plate ($62), top with the side plate ($44) and shallow soup/salad bowl ($48), then add smaller pieces—like the little bread and butter plate ($36)—for a tablescape that’s perfectly customized to your taste.
CB2 Clay Place Setting, $27.95
This affordable place setting boasts high contrast thanks to the two-tone dip, and features a neutral color scheme that any minimalist will definitely appreciate. The full set includes two plates, a bowl, and even a mug… so you’re pretty much set for any meal. Pair with brighter table accessories, like a colorful floral centerpiece or patterned tablecloth to offset the more subdued style of this ceramic set.
Canvas Home’s Pinch line may be an innocuous shade of off-white (though there are pink and gray options too), but it’s anything but boring. In collaboration with UK potter Linda Bloomfield and a small ceramic factory in Portugal, the company created a collection that has a definitely timeless feel—it’s super simple, save for a tiny pinched detailing that sets it apart from plain white dishes you might see elsewhere. You can purchase items individually or go all out with the whole line for a complete overhaul of your dinnerware.
H&M Stoneware Collection, $9.99+
Somewhat reminiscent of the 1940s Abstract Impressionist Movement, this black and white set contains a pitcher ($24.99), a mug ($9.99), a bowl ($9.99), and a plate ($9.99). The splatter paint design was actually hand-painted on—somewhat surprising for such a huge global brand—which lends a feel of authenticity given that no two pieces are exactly the same.
Not ready to say goodbye to the ever-present millennial pink trend? Go for this contemporary set from Urban—but don’t worry: It also comes in a deep charcoal gray if you’re decidedly over the pink thing. With 12 pieces already included, you basically won’t need to buy another piece of dinnerware for a long time.
For those willing to spend a bit more (okay—a lot more) on your dinnerware, try this classic set from Farmhouse Pottery. It’s definitely an investment, but it’s one you’ll benefit one from years to come. They’re durable, can easily be dressed up for a formal event or kept pared down for day-to-day dining, and emulate that modern farmhouse feel that’s so popular right now. We blame Joanna Gaines.
Ferm Living Neu Collection, $17.31+
This Copenhagen-based company blends Scandinavian simplicity with a touch of the Bauhaus classics via clean, geometric lines in this ceramic collection. The deep gray-blue tone lends an element of sophistication to this line, which would work particularly well against a crisp white backdrop. The Neu cup’s funky design makes it a standout within this dinnerware set.
Helen Levi Shallow Bowls, $64 each
ICYMI: We’re pretty obsessed with Brooklyn-based potter Helen Levi. Her cool-girl designs are made to order and feel totally custom. From wave motifs in her “beach” series to bright, sunny colors, every piece from her line brings summer to life. Her shallow bowls, which come in a cheery yellow and soft gray, are perfect if you’re looking for a set. Use as stylish breakfast or soup bowls.
For a very slight twist on traditional white dinnerware, opt for this affordable West Elm set. The dove gray color has a discrete speckled pattern you only really notice if you closely inspect it, meaning every piece of this collection can be mixed and matched without you having to worry about clashing prints. Meanwhile, the slightly unfinished look makes the set look custom-made… and therefore a lot more expensive than it actually is.
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