The 12 Best White Plate Sets — Classic, Timeless and With a Gently Contemporary Twist

The 12 best white plate sets will never go out of style, ideal for everyday and elegant dining alike. As chosen by Livingetc's editors

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Every home home needs a white plate set, whatever life stage you're at. A matching set of white plates will ensure the simplest of family dinners, food with friends or solo snacks are served looking good. 

A white plate set will also flatter finer dishes with numerous courses, if you like to throw dinner parties and host larger gatherings. 

This is because any color of food tends to look good on a white plate. If you eat out regularly, you'll know that most restaurants use white plate sets for this reason. Whether you're searching the best dinnerware sets or just white plates sets, here are our favorites from the best home decor stores

Best Plain White Plate Sets

Best Lipped White Plate Sets

Best Detailed White Plate Sets

Best Rimmed White Plate Sets

What is the best color for dinnerware sets?

White plates tend to be the most popular, as most food looks good against a white background. However, other neutrals and some colors will flatter food too. 

'The best color dinnerware sets depend on the food you tend to serve, your personal style and the look of your kitchen,' says Erica Christofferson, design manager at H&M Home

'Neutrals like white, beige or black are a safe bet. These tones are beautiful to mix or used on their own. They are also great for adding other shapes in brighter colours. Alternatively, choose your favorite colour, something you know you will always love.'

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. 

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