Red tableware is not just for Christmas. Although we may associate this color with Santa and the holiday season, red plates can create a beautiful tablescape all year round.
In our edit of the best red plates, we've picked those that are great for outdoor dining, as well as those with elegant trims and playful patterns for special occasions and everyday dinners, lunches or breakfasts.
Best red plates for outdoor dining
Price: $54.99 for set of 12
Entertaining a crowd outside? Give your party a farmhouse feel with this set of (D6") gingham plates. Made of melamine, there's no concern about breakages and they can be used for sides, snacks or desserts. They can go in the dishwasher afterwards too.
Price: $45 for set of 4
When it comes to camping, picnics or eating al fresco, Falcon enamelware is classic and convenient. Effortlessly cool and impossible to break, it's no surprise Falcon's popularity endures throughout the decades. Choose a red, blue or black trim.
Best red plates with a pattern
Bring a warm and whimsical feel to your table setting with Iittala's classic Taika design. The playful mix of Klaus Haapaniemi’s imaginative art and Heikki Orvola’s streamlined design results in a magical collection available in red, blue, white or black.
Price: $29.99 for set of 4
Made from durable stoneware, this set of four (D8.5") red check patterned plates from Park Designs will add a country farmhouse feel to family gatherings and can be coordinated with dinner plates, mugs and bowls in the same style.
If it's 'tomato girl' vibes that you want to channel, the Amalfitana Collection pays homage to the Amalfi Coast's fresh seaside style. The (D8") glazed plate with its bold hues and carefree design will bring a lively look to your table.
Best red plates with a trim
Made in the UK at an English pottery that uses traditional techniques, this (D11") earthenware plate has a decorative hand-painted rim of contemporary red and pink stripes for a vibrant splash of color at meal times.
Price: $70 for set of 4
This set of durable stoneware plates can be coordinated with other colors, shapes and styles in the Colorwave series from Noritake. They're suitable for the dishwasher, oven and microwave too and make a great everyday dinnerware set.
Best plain red plates
Price: $64 for set of 4
Crafted in Portugal, the rich paprika tones and smooth, polished glaze make this stoneware Pinova collection stand-out. At (D8.5"), the generously sized dessert plates will add warmth to your table and allow you to indulge a sweet tooth.
Just the right size for a cinnamon bun or piece of toast, this (D6") small stoneware plate can be teamed with a chunky stoneware mug in the same color and style for a colorful and cheering boost at breakfast time.
What is the best color plate to eat from?
White is the popular choice for plates, as it is unlikely to jar with any food served on it, so it's a safe bet. However, other colors, such as red plates, can flatter certain foods.
'While most food looks good on a white surface - contrasting the colour of your food against the plate will always create a striking and appetising visual,' says Micaela Philippo, global director F&B development at Carte Blanched.
'Tomatoes on pastel blue will brightly stand out and a green sauce on a red plate or bowl will pop. Colourful ingredients look great on dark surfaces too – like black.'
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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
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