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
This porcelain Helsinki dinner plate with its graphic blue asterisk makes a dramatic style statement on its own. This can be multiplied with the addition of the turquoise soup bowl, orange dessert plate, yellow tea cup and green saucer.
This beautiful porcelain dinner plate with its geometric pattern and gold accents is sturdy enough for every day use, yet smart enough for posh soirées and dinner parties and can be teamed with other pieces in the Newport collection.
Best botanical patterned plates
At first glance, this beautiful bone china plate looks like a trad design, but see how the golden parrot is cheekily nibbling a worm? It's a modern take on chinoisierie that feels fresh and current.
Part of the 'Jaipur' collection from Aquazzura Casa, this (D12.2") ceramic charger plate is inspired by the scents and atmosphere of India - with a pink and blue geometric border surrounding a navy blue palm tree.
Best animal-themed patterned plates
Price: $96 for set of 4
This quirky set of four (D10.5") decaled stoneware dinner plates has inky octopus tentacles reaching across each piece and is part of a wider tableware set featuring blue and white sea creatures.
Designer Klaus Haapaniemi's whimsical art is immortalised on Iittala's much loved Taika plate (D10.7"), with its celebration of Finish folklore and fairytale in a colorful cast of characters across the collection.
Best simple patterned plates
This (D8") salad plate is part of the Amalfitana Collection from Vietri, which pays homage to the Amalfi Coast's fresh seaside style. Its bold hues and paint splatter design will bring a vibrant and lively look to your table.
Price: $58 for set of 4
Featuring four simple patterns and thin gold banding, these charming porcelain tidbit plates (D6") are perfect for bread, small treats, desserts and snacks. There are also (D8") salad plates in the same style.
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.'
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