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.
Should I Choose Individual Dinner Plates or a Set?
First things first!
We recommend dinner plate sets as they're the most practical and cost-effective choice, perfect to create a cohesive look! There are sets to cater for any household, but you might want to take frequent guests into account, too.
If you're after an odd number of plates, you'd like to have them in the same design but different colors, or you live on your own and would rather order pizza than cook for your occasional guests, then it makes sense to choose individual pieces.
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.