The 12 best patterned plates to help you keep the joyful spirit of Summer alive

The 12 best patterned plates all share the ability to help energize a tabletop, make dinners look more fun and effortless, and give you a smile

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Plain white plates are a safe bet; food tends to look good on them, whatever color it is. Yet sometimes a table can require a little more pizazz. This is where patterned plates come to the fore. 

Including patterned plates in your entertaining armoury–whether as chargers, dinner, salad or side plates–will add interest to your table and dining experience. Even snacks can be bouyed when served on a plate with a beautiful pattern. 

The best dinnerware sets often include patterned plates as part of the mix. Whether it's a decal just around the edge, or across the entire plate, these are our pick of the best patterned plates from the best home decor stores.  

Best geometric patterned plates

Best botanical patterned plates

Best animal-themed patterned plates

Best simple patterned plates

What is the trend in tableware in 2023?

There are a number of tableware trends currently, from stylish geometric patterns and prints to botanical and food-inspired designs and motifs in bold colors and chunky shapes. 

'As we look to bring more joy into our homes as an antidote to the news, pattern is a failsafe and fabulous way to achieve this and one of the biggest trends we've seen this year is quirky stripe and check patterns,' says Jane Rockett, co-founder of quirky British homeware brand Rockett St George. 

'Introducing a playful take on classic timeless prints for the home, the trend sees checkerboard patterns in bold monochrome tones and sexy stripes in a range of colour palettes, from black and white to hot hues and soft pastels.  

'Expect to see these playful patterns across all areas of the home, from the kitchen and living spaces and even in the garden.

'Our 2023 collection also includes a fabulous assortment of tableware that takes inspiration from both the fruit bowl and the forest.'

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.