If you are making an effort to achieve a certain look with your table setting, then there is a very good chance that you will have to pay attention to colors. Warm colors like reds and oranges are great for bringing energy and excitement to your table. On the other hand, cooler colors like blues and grays can be more calm and welcoming.
Waterford Brocade is a good example of a cooler pattern. It has dark, black details with a platinum accent. Not only are the colors a neutral cool, but Brocade also has a great mix of geometric and organic designs with its Greek key and raised leaves.
If you are looking for something that is more obviously cool in palette, then take a look at Minton Bellemeade. It has a very soft blue and gray floral around the rim and a subtle platinum detail. The Bellemeade pattern is no longer in production, but has remained popular still over time.
Last, if you want a stronger look, you could always try Vera Wang Vera Lace Platinum. It is another pattern with a platinum trim, and has a bold floral design with a black on white contrast. It is also very easy to match with a lot of other patterns!
When it comes to formal tableware, it is common to think of timeless patterns with a classic beauty, or patterns with a royal look that is both bold and strong. Of course, both of those can fit the bill, but there certainly are more options to choose from. If you are somebody who likes your fine dining pieces to have a little bit more of an organic edge, then all you have to do is pay attention to the details.
A good place to start would be thinking about a floral pattern. By the very nature of flowers, these designs will have many more rounded features and shapes, and can range greatly in their choice of color. Sometimes it may seem like these patterns are a bit too niche or kitsch, but if you have a formal look in mind, you will be able to find what you are looking for. Mottahedah Duke of Gloucester is a great example of a more formal looking floral design, or, if the fruits and flowers are too much, Royal Crown Derby Carlton Green is similar.
Perhaps those are both too over the top for what you want, though. You can go even smaller with the details to have a more subtle effect. Try Noritake Ardmore Platinum. It has a trim based design that has a lot of curved and flowing shapes and scrolls within the platinum. Similarly, in keeping the idea small, Reed & Barton French Chippendale has a leafy, almost ocean-like flow to it.
Reed & Barton French Chippendale
While Christian Dior was originally a maker of women’s clothing, the company has branched out into the world of fine china. Their china pursuits don’t have hundreds of years of history like some other companies, but Christian Dior is already making a mark and finding a unique and easy to recognize style.
A good example of this style would be their Casablanca pattern. It has a large border based design with a beautiful gold detail. The gold on patterns similar to this one is 24 carat and often features the company’s insignia. Renaissance also shares these details, and sheds light on another signature Christian Dior style staple: a clean white background.
While many patterns would look amazing with a nice white background and some fancy gold details, Christian Dior takes it up a notch by using designs that are bursting with even more color. Dior Rose is a more traditional looking example, and patterns like Tabriz or Gaudron Malachite Green really lay it on thick for a strong and bold look.
Christian Dior Gaudron Malachite Green
There are so many different patterns of china, crystal, and silverware out there that it is easy to get wrapped up in how many choices there are. Don’t worry, though, because if you’re concerned with finding pieces that are a good match for each other, you won’t need to wade through all of the options to find the perfect pair. Thankfully, many patterns share common elements that can be used to match them together.
Take, for example, Christian Dior’s Bijoux crystal pattern. The pattern itself is very simple yet has a notable gold ring stem detail. You can work with this detail and find other patterns that also show off a little bit of gold. Many china patterns have this, whether its part of a pattern’s decor or it’s placed on the rim, such as on the newer Lenox Bellaire set. Of course, there are also flatware patterns that have gold details, too, like Yamazaki Ramona Gold.
William Yeoward Cora is a crystal pattern that has no gold on it, but instead has a criss-cross and sort of twisting stem design. This can work well with a more geometric pattern, such as Wedgwood Collonade Black. The shared linear elements in the two patterns can make for a very cohesive and put together look.
Wedgwood Colonnade Black
Floral, nature-inspired, and organic patterns are something that Wedgwood has a knack for. It’s no surprise that even individual pieces made by Wedgwood can be presented as pieces of art because the company has had plenty of time to pursue greater talent, having been around since 1759. Whether you’re looking for something bold or subtle, the company’s skill with this sort of design has you covered.
For a traditional looking floral pattern, take a look at Wedgwood Osborne. It maintains the general appearance of a solid border and verge design with a center decal, though these elements are made with strings of yellow and blue flowers. If you want something even more subtle, though, you could always try Wedgwood Constantine, which is less directly about flowers and more about organic and nature-inspired shapes. Constantine has a whimsical look to it, making it seem like something out of a fairy tale. If you want a pattern that goes all out, try Wedgwood Williamsburg Potpourri. It has bouquets of flowers around the rim and hosts another set of greenery and birds in the center.
Have you considered adding some new pieces to your collection lately? The end of the year is coming up, and the new year ahead can be an occasion for celebrating. Why not reward yourself for a job well done this year by getting that china pattern you have always wanted? Perhaps you haven’t started your collection yet, but the upcoming new year is the perfect reason to treat yourself going forward with a solid pattern. Or, maybe you are having an end of the year party and want to have some nice crystal when you are serving your guests.
Spode Chelsea Bird is a well-known pattern that can be difficult to find, but it would make a great gift to yourself in reflection of all you’ve accomplished in the past twelve months. Plus, it will give your table a regal yet colorful look. Blue Danube Blue Danube can keep you cool with a beautiful blue color, Villeroy & Boch Cannes can add a burst of yellow, or you could go for a classic yet artistic beauty such as Lenox Moonspun.
Just as there is a set of china for everybody, the same can be said about crystal. Keep things simple with Baccarat Angouleme, add just a touch of gold with Gorham Sundance Gold, or dare for a strong look with Waterford Alana.
Patterns are often made to be perfect for almost any occasion, depending on their level of formality, the colors used, and the general themes in the design. Other patterns are most specific and are better for use at special occasions, more casual events, or in this case, seasons. With the holiday season upon us, why not reflect the season’s greetings with a set of china?
A pattern like Cuthbertson Christmas Tree is just right for those who want a pattern with a clear Christmas theme. Even if you aren’t using this set to eat with, the Christmas tree picture present on the pieces can still help you to decorate. If you want a pattern that is more about the winter season in general than it is about Christmas, then Royal Doulton Carlyle is a good option. It has a deep blue color with a floral design arranged to look similar to a snowflake.
For something a little in the middle of those, you could always go for Lenox Holiday with its green holly design, or Lenox Winter Greetings with its beautiful birds and red ribbons.
Lenox Winter Greetings
Some of the most popular china patterns are very simple in their designs. Though there are plenty of bold and heavily decorated patterns to choose from, sometimes all you need is the right set with a simple beauty. A very popular way of achieving this is by focusing on the rims of the pieces. Lenox Federal Cobalt is a good example of this sort of look. It has the beautiful deep cobalt color mixed with a gold trim, making for a gorgeous look but still allowing the focus to be on your food. Minton’s popular St. James pattern is visually similar to this as well.
Not only will patterns like this help your meals look delicious, but they can also easily work well with a huge range of crystal, flatware, and even other china patterns. You will get a wide variety of different possible looks with the same pattern all depending on how you dress your table, and you won’t need to worry about these sort of designs not fitting the occasion. Lenox Hayworth is a straightforward pattern with a gold verge and trim that is both extremely popular and well-suited for either formal or informal gatherings. From there, you can branch to something more simple, such as Royal Worcester Viceroy Gold, or go all out with a heavier and fancier pattern like Lenox Monroe.
If you want to get the most out of your china collection, having patterns like these is a great place to start.
Lenox Federal Cobalt
Many china patterns draw inspiration from European sources, but of course there are those that draw from elsewhere as well. Some draw from other places, and others simply draw from an idea of beauty. Herend’s Chinese Bouquet pattern makes it obvious where the inspiration is drawn from. Not only does the pattern have a strong attention to detail often seen in traditional Chinese pieces of art, but it also follows up with the pattern name, coming in many different colors just like a real bouquet. You can find these pattern in blue, green, raspberry, rust, and yellow.
A lot of patterns have a simple design, and Vera Wang Imperial Scroll is one such example. While it may be thought that simple is the same as plain, this pattern clearly proves that idea as wrong. It is a border based design with a gorgeous platinum detail that will make any table setting look amazing. Other patterns, such as Royal Crown Derby Old Imari aren’t as versatile as Imperial Scroll, but they deliver with their boldness for a strong and unique look.
Royal Crown Derby Old Imari
If you want to start a china collection or add some more pieces to a collection you’ve already started, but you don’t know which pattern to get, why not find one that shares your name? With so many patterns that have already been made, patterns currently in production, and patterns planned for the future, you’ll likely be able to find one that matches you. Of course, you can buy patterns even if they don’t share your name. As long as you really like the style, then you’ve found a good match.
For example, take Waterford Kelsey Platinum. A great gift for those named Kelsey, it’s also perfect for anybody who has a lot of class with a hint of pizzazz. If you want a pattern that sparkles beautifully in the light and is perfect for any party, then the criss-cross cut Kelsey with it’s platinum trim is a great choice.
Patterns like Waterford Laurel and Lenox Erica will be good if you want a set that is extremely versatile. Good for both formal and informal occasions, these can beautify any table and their quality is sure to impress. Not all patterns will be so neutral, though, and for those who want something a little more bold and specific, the Gien Raphael pattern is a perfect choice with its colorful border design.