Sure, it's the food served on them that matters the most, but beautiful dinner plates that complement your table and room can immediately set your meal off to a great start!
Have you already thought about practical matters such as whether or not they're dishwasher-safe? Let us share our best tips on how to choose dinner plates that actually match your needs.
What Is the Right Size & Shape for Dinner Plates?
The average dinner plate is 10.5" in diameter. Bigger plates allow you to frame the food more effectively and turn your dinners into restaurant-worthy experiences, but smaller ones are ideal if you're tight on space in your cupboard, table or dishwasher.
As for shape, well… there's a reason why the classic round plates have stood the test of time: they're practical and space-optimizing! They can either be:
Rim-shaped: timeless, traditional, and perfect to collect the food's juices;
Coupe-shaped: rimless and flat, these plates are ideal for a minimalist look and to keep the focus on the food.
However, if you want to try something different:
Square plates inspire a modern-chic-dining feel and are easy to handle, but could chip at the edges;
Rectangular plates (either oval or straight-edged) are handy if you often cook dishes that involve a small side next to a main course, such as burgers and fries, but they'll be very impractical for other dishes like risottos;
Triangular shapes aren't the most versatile but can certainly help you convey a modern and quirky feel.
What Is the Best Material for Dinner Plates?
Consider washability and durability as well as your kitchen's or dining room's décor: to make sure that your plates stand out, choose a hue that contrasts against your table or cloth, perhaps in your room's accent color.
Don't forget that, while some materials are usually dishwasher/oven/microwave-safe, it's always better to double-check when browsing individual sets, as some might differ from the majority.