WHAT ITEMS SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR DINNERWARE SET?
If you’ve just moved into your first home (perhaps you’re a newly cohabiting couple or an excited first time buyer) then there will be many things on your mind. What are the essentials? What should you buy first? Ultimately, as you wander the rooms and make mental notes in your head, one question will keep coming back: what items should I include in my dinnerware set? It happens to us all eventually - it’s one of these questions that makes us realise this is it, we’ve actually grown up.
Ultimately, as you embark upon that stage in your life of entertaining, hosting elegant dinner parties and intimate soirées, there are many things you could purchase - but let’s keep it simple for now. What should you get?
First things first, you of course must invest in the basics; pasta bowls, mugs and cereal bowls all make up life’s kitchen and dining must-haves. (Before you even think about throwing a dinner party, it will help if you stock up on enough items to at least feed yourself.)
Now that you’ve got that covered, you’re ready to look at our dinnerware sets. These are ideal for stocking your kitchen with enough plates and bowls to help you entertain your friends, the extended family and even a neighbour or two - should you feel so inclined. Dinner and crockery sets are helpful for they are typically sold in sets of 4; 4 dinner plates, 4 side plates, 4 cereal bowls, and so forth. If dinner for several sounds a tad too much to cope with at first, here’s a quirky little tip from us to you: buy a teapot, a tiered cake stand, a teacup and saucer (or several), stock up on biscuits and pop open the champagne. After all, afternoon tea is so easy to prepare, and visitors will come to view you as the hostess with the mostest.
WHAT SIZE AND SHAPE OF DINNERWARE IS BEST FOR YOUR TABLE?
The shape of the dining set you plump for really depends on your overall style. Square dinner sets are perfect for those who prefer a unique look and feel at the dinner table, with square dinner plates typically useful in helping dishes look a tad more interesting. For a traditional touch, a round plate is your friend - the rounder, the larger, the better as far as we’re concerned. Come wintertime, who doesn’t love a steaming large bowl (or mug) of something hot and comforting? We live in Britain, so it pays to be prepared for a cold front. This doesn’t mean small can’t be beautiful - just look at petits fours.
What colours does Habitat dinnerware come in?
If you’re looking for athat’s effortlessly inviting, then coloured dinner sets are a surefire way to add character. Blue to red, green or yellow, think about whether you want to go with block coloured designs or hand painted crockery. The latter is guaranteed to make your table look more decorative, particularly if the paint comes in the form of unique prints and patterns. Such dinner sets are ideal for those who love a bohemian, somewhat rustic aesthetic, yet if you prefer something a little more contemporary, a mix of monochrome is the way to go. Our range of white and black dinner sets will help you set that table and get the party started.
WHAT MATERIALS IS HABITAT DINNERWARE MADE FROM?
The dinnerware you choose sets the tone for your entire dining room - and the evening ahead. It’s the first thing that guests see, therefore a key consideration concerns ensuring that it best represents your own style of interior design. With this in mind, the material from which it is made plays a significant role in your table’s overall vibe.
One of the most luxurious options available to you is bone china. Boasting a translucent and fine composition, this type of china is made from a paste that is technically somewhere between hard and soft paste porcelain. This clay is made strong by the addition of calcified bone ash - the addition of which makes the china more durable - with high whiteness and translucence. And herein lies the beauty of bone china; it looks so delicate, is often decorated so ornately, yet it really does stand the test of time. The way in which it is often passed down through generations is testament to this.
Porcelain is a popular choice for everyday dishes. Like bone china, it may sound delicate and fragile, but in reality is the strongest and most durable material available. One top tip: if you are concerned about fading, select plain white vs elaborately patterned.
When it comes to stoneware vs earthenware, the former is significantly more chip resistant due to the fact that it is fired at high temperatures. On the downside, it tends to be less white than dishes that are made from other materials - a result of the fact it is made from clay. However it is often glazed first, which goes a long way towards crafting a whiter look, if that's what you crave. On the other hand there is earthenware, otherwise known as terracotta. This tends to be somewhat budget friendly, albeit slightly less resistant to those pesky nicks and chips. If you aren’t on the clumsy side, then we say it’s well worth the investment. Durability aside, all manner of clay pots can look incredibly striking when painted in various prints and patterns.
HOW CAN YOU COMPLETE THE LOOK OF YOUR TABLE?
When arranging your dinnerware on the dining room table, there are ways to do so that can create quite an impact. Believe it or not, a clever use ofis able to work wonders. To begin, add extra drama by layering your crockery. This is done by using oversized, decorative plates to act as ‘borders’ to your dinner plates or bowls. Using a mix of different coloured plates is a fantastic way to achieve an eclectic look, or keep it sleek by contrasting one bold hue against a white linen backdrop.
Additionally, there are countless accessories that can sit on the table, along with your dinnerware, to help them stand out to perfection. Table runners in complementary colours, flickering candles, blog post.of flowers and artfully draped fairy lights all combine to make a sophisticated impact. For more helpful ideas from Habitat, take a look at our 'Homing in: How to set the perfect dining table'