The 12 best blue plates - the most perfect color for sophisticated dinner tables

The Livingetc editorial team have chosen the 12 best blue plates - perfect for smartly elevated and sophisticated dining tables

the best blue plates
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Blue plates, in various styles, have been popular for centuries–and still have a certain cache. From the blue Willow pattern and Dutch Delftware inspired by Chinese chinoiserie in the 1600s, to Wedgwood's pale blue Jasperware in the 18th century, blue and white china signified status. 

Things have changed considerably, but blue plates can still provide a dynamic place setting on a modern dining table. Whether it's sturdy stoneware and ceramics with glossy aqua glazes or fine bone china with hand-painted decals, the best dinnerware sets often have a blue base, pattern or accent color. 

If you're drawn to aqua and azure tones, we've narrowed down the best blue plates. These pieces  from the best home decor stores, have gorgeous blue glazes and interesting patterns, so you can style your table in this eye-catching color.   

Best mottled blue plates

Best rustic blue plates

Best bold blue plates

Best edged blue plates

Is blue a good color for dinnerware?

Blue dinnerware has been popular for centuries and continues to be. However, many people like to serve food on white china, as it is a neutral backdrop. In this instance a blue pattern around the edge of a plate can be a beautiful alternative to a blue glaze or solid color.

'Blue is a popular colour for dinnerware, it's fairly neutral and compliments most food,' says Louise Rosie, Head of Design at Wedgwood.

'Be mindful of the color when choosing dessert plates,' cautions Daniella Bingham, Tabletop Buyer at Anthropologie. 'Blue can drain the sense of sweetness away from many desserts, particularly if they have a beige or brown undertone that clashes with the cool hues in blue.'

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.