I found the 12 most elegant-yet-affordable dinnerware pieces to elevate your dining table

Want your table to look sophisticated without spending a fortune? Look no further than this edit of stylish tableware that looks more expensive than it actually is

scalloped teacup, statement plate and gold teaspoons
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We all love an elegant candlestick and luxe-looking vase, but it’s easy to forget about the dependable cutlery and crockery that provides the base of your tablescape – the heart and soul of your dinner table, if you will. There are plenty of elegant earthenware plates, bowls, cups, spoons, and more available to purchase, because who said the basics have to be boring?

Now, I know that if there’s anything we all love more than an elevated basic, it’s a bargain home product, so I’ve gone through the best home decor stores and selected the most luxe-looking dinnerware pieces that are actually quite reasonably priced. I know, I know, I shouldn’t have.


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In terms of durability, porcelain is your best bet for your dinner table as it prevents chips and scrapes during everyday use. Stoneware like ceramic tends to be heavier in look and feel, making a great option for special occasions – especially if you prefer a rustic, natural style of decor.

Saying that though, there are some truly stunning porcelain pieces out there, so if you want to make a statement with your plates and bowls and prefer a more delicate design over the organic feel of stoneware decor then porcelain is a great option. It really comes down to personal preference, and as you can see by my edit above I’m a huge fan of both materials for different purposes.

Valeza Bakolli
Contributing Shopping Editor

Valeza Bakolli is an experienced shopping editor. She previously worked at BuzzFeed where she honed her skills in all things shopping - from gift guide curation to spotting top home trends. Finding the best bargains online is her happy place (you won’t believe how much she got her Nespresso machine for!) and when she’s not romanticizing her morning coffee routine, you’ll probably find her creating a tablescape for yet another alfresco dining event in her backyard.