Dinnerware is often an artistic purchase that comes in a wide variety of styles. Below are some of the top types and in which situations they work best.
The most common style you'll see dinnerware come in is a basic white. These are often sold as part of home essential collections. Choose a white style if you're going for an upscale, classy look or party. These are often fine china or mimic the look. They also work well in sleek, modern table settings because of how bright and basic they are. White dinnerware with no ornamentation and basic shapes can also work in casual dining.
Black and white
If you have a more modern home that makes use of high contrast, a stark black and white dinnerware set can fit in with the overall style.
This covers dinnerware sets that come in understated tans, grays and the like. These work in casual dining situations because of how understated they look.
Choose a solid pastel shade if your table setting makes use of light and bright coloring. Examples could be artistic styles that use high color, seasonal spring table settings or styles with a pastel accent color.
Colorful geometric pattern
This covers anything that has a colorful pattern on it. Some get quite intricate to the point of looking like a mandala or have a cultural look to them. Choose these for artsy styles or a home style that makes use of cultural items for a traveled look.
Some will have pictures on them, like woodland animals. Themes should fit your home's style, for example, woodland creatures would look nice in a rustic/cabin style. You might also select a holiday theme for parties.
Old-world cultural styles
Some dinnerware is made to mimic styles that were popular in years gone by in certain countries to give the look like the dinnerware is a family heirloom. For instance, it might have designs that make it look like old-world Italian china. Choose these sets for cultural styles or classic styles.
Bright solid color
Dinnerware of this style will either come in one bright color or with each piece in a different color for a primary color rainbow look. These look good in artsy homes or styles that work with accent color.
Dark solid color
These are a more understated and classy way to get some color into your home. These versatile dinnerware sets look good in timeless styles, regal styles or classic looks.
This type of dinnerware set has colors that bleed together in a ceramic glazing effect. These are great for casual table settings.