Sunday, 1 January 2012

Table Decor: Tips and Tricks for Choosing Fine China and Everyday Dinnerware

Whether you're getting married or just looking to invest in a quality set of fine china or everyday dinnerware, you're probably wondering where to start. These home accessories are worth investing in, as they're used frequently either on a daily basis or on a special occasion basis. That being said, you may find yourself wanting to match your existing home decor to your china, but matching certain home accessories and decor isn't always a good idea. Here are a few tips and tricks for choosing fine china and everyday dinnerware.

Basic White

White dinnerware and fine china, whether it's bone china or porcelain, is always a great choice because basic white is a timeless look. Even if you choose a trendy set, these home accessories will go a long way, making them a worthwhile investment. That being said, you can never go wrong with a basic set of round dinnerware or fine china.

Go to a Retailer

It may be tempting to just purchase the first pattern you fall in love with online, but that might not be the right dinnerware for you. These particular home accessories can be extremely delicate or they can be ultra-sturdy. That being said, you'll want to actually feel the pieces before you purchase. Even if you choose to find the pattern in store and then order it online, you'll be better off.

That being said, take note of how the dinnerware or china feels in your hand. If you're afraid of breaking it just by touching it, then that might not be the right choice for you.

Hand Wash or Dishwasher?

As expected, certain fine china pieces may not be dishwasher safe. If you're not willing to hand wash these pieces every time you've used them, you'll want to steer clear of fine china and other dinnerware home accessories that are 'hand wash only.'

Opt for Well-known Companies

While it may sound silly, you'll be saving yourself a huge headache by buying these home accessories from a well-known company. Larger companies that have been around for a while are more likely to be able to offer replacement pieces, or direct you to a secondhand dealer who can replace your pieces, even if the pattern or piece has been discontinued.

How Many Pieces Do You Need?

If you're into modern home decor or table decor, chances are, your tastes and item usage is also pretty modern. That being said, do you really need a five-piece or a seven-piece table setting of fine china or dinnerware? These home accessories can be costly, so if there are pieces you don't need or won't use, don't order them. In some instances, you may not have a choice because they come in sets. However, if you don't need a saucer plate and matching teacup, don't buy it! It's not worth spending the extra money or wasting the storage space on pieces you don't need and won't use.

Don't be afraid to only purchase the dinner plate and salad plate, especially if that's all you'll use.

Mix and Match

Finally, when it comes to home accessories and decor, it's perfectly okay to mix and match! Especially when it comes to fine china or everyday dinnerware. If you like two different patterns, go ahead and mix them, especially if they blend well together or are a good representation of your tastes.