Yellow Dinnerware & Place Settings

Although yellow is an uncommon color for dinnerware and place settings, it’s a good color if you can find it. Yellow is a known appetite stimulant, and it also makes your food – especially fresh fruits and veggies – look great against the yellow backdrop. Think of how great green beans or asparagus would look on yellow dinnerware.

Yellow is also known as a happy color. It’s been shown to make people feel optimistic, and studies have even shown that your brain secretes more serotonin (a feel-good hormone) when you see yellow. Think sunflowers, marigolds, lemon freshness, and spring. Oh, and Easter peeps 🙂

Check out some of my favorite yellow dinnerware and place settings below. To get more info on your favorites, simply click them and you’ll be taken to the merchant’s page so you can either learn more or make a purchase. Bear in mind that for some place settings, the picture shows a different color. Their inclusion here just means that the merchant offers it in yellow, too – so you may have to click on the specific piece to go see it in yellow.

Red Dinnerware & Place Settings

Of all the colors to associate with food, red is perhaps the best. Red dinnerware is an excellent choice for a meal that’s intended to be sensual and romantic, as red is frequently associated with sex. Red is also a common dining room paint color, given that it’s a known appetite stimulant. Oddly enough, though, a study published in Appetite, a scientific journal, found that people actually eat less when food is served on a red plate. Although that might appear to be contradictory, my guess is that it had something to do with the way the food looked against the red background. Food tends to look it’s absolute best against white plates (depending on the dish, of course), so it’s possible that the red dinnerware made people feel compelled to eat less. In my book, that’s a good thing. Most of us could stand to eat a little less, and any dirty psychological tricks we can use to do that are fair game.

But back to red dinnerware – I’ve chosen some of my favorite red dinnerware pieces and place settings, and you can click on any of them to get more details and purchasing information. Enjoy!

Asian Dinnerware & Place Settings

Asian-inspired dinnerware can offer an elegant look to any table. Whether you simply like the way it looks, or you appreciate the rich tradition and history behind the styles, Asian dinnerware can be an affordable way to add ambience to the dinner table.

Below, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Asian-inspired dinnerware and place settings from around the web. Enjoy!

Orange Dinnerware & Place Settings

According, to color psychologists, orange is a color of excitement, vibrance, and warmth. Orange is also a great color for drawing attention, and it’s often used for construction signs and advertisements. It’s considered less aggressive than red.

When it comes to dinnerware, orange sounds like a great color. In addition to brightening up any dinner table, orange is great for Halloween and Thanksgiving or any spring/summer occasion. Orange place settings would also look fantastic with brightly colored dishes – imagine bright orange dinnerware against green beans, mashed potatoes, or corn. Gorgeous, right?

Colorful Dinnerware & Place Settings

I’m a huge fan of color. Although my apartment is neutral and modern, everything I’ve brought in is bright and crazy. Even my wardrobe stylist commented that I have fewer neutrals than anyone she’s every worked with. I guess I never grew out of the 124-color crayon box.

Not everyone is as wild about color as I am, though. Some people like a calm and muted home, but that doesn’t mean they can’t brighten things up in small doses. Colorful dinnerware is a great way to brighten up your dining room and then put it all back in the cabinets when you’re done. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy colorful place settings if you already have a colorful home (I certainly do) – just that it can be a good way to dip your toe into the metaphorical pond of color without committing to anything crazy.

To help, I’ve gathered some of my favorite colorful dinnerware and colorful place settings below. You can click on any of them to get more information. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware

The Pfaltzgraff company is a great example of a long-standing American dinnerware company. Founded in the early 1800s in Pennsylvania, their pieces make excellent dinnerware *and* collector’s items.

Pfaltzgraff dinnerware sets are typically sold through quality department and specialty stores. Online, you can find their sets at the links below. Although the pieces pictured below are entire dinnerware sets, you can find the complementary Pfaltzgraff pieces by clicking through and searching the site that carries the set you like.

What if you don’t like any of these Pfaltzgraff dinnerware Sets? Not a problem – check out the rest of the dinnerware here at Dishes and China.

Elegant Dinnerware

Dinnerware can say a lot about a person and a home. Chipped and mismatched dinnerware, for instance, tells people that you don’t make the dining experience a priority, or that you don’t have a lot of money (or taste, if money can be ruled out as a reason).

Good, elegant dinnerware, however, speaks volumes. It says that you care about the finer things. Elegant dinnerware says that you care about what your guests think, and you want to give them a pleasurable dining experience. For many, elegant dinner is a sign that you have “arrived”.

These elegant dinnerware sets have been chosen from some of the web’s best department stores and dinnerware retailers. Enjoy!

Martha Stewart Dinnerware

Martha Stewart may not be without controversy in her personal life, but her products are nearly always stylish and classy. Her dinnerware line, available in fine department stores, is certainly no exception.

Martha Stewart dinnerware place settings are clean and classic, but slightly modern. They’d make perfect “upscale everyday” sets. Most are porcelain, but they’re also dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Be sure and check on the specific style you buy, but when I last looked, all of them were marked as safe for both (and in the oven up to 350 degrees).

Black Dinnerware & Place Settings

Most of us are accustomed to seeing food on white plates. Since most food has some color, it’s easiest to appreciate the overall look of the food against a light or white background. Still, some dishes can look especially dramatic against a black background, and some of us just like black dinnerware.

I’m particularly fond of using black dinnerware for any kind of pasta with a white cream sauce. I make an amazing Bechamel sauce with fettucini noodles and it always looks amazing against my black dinnerware. The dish itself is mostly white, and I often spice it up a bit with a few dashes of cayenne pepper for heat (and color) or a few grilled pepper strips across the top. Either way, it’s both delicious and gorgeous.

Anyway, I won’t sit here talking about black dinnerware and place settings all day. That’s not why you’re here. I’ve gathered some of the best black dinnerware around the web, and I hope you enjoy them.

Vera Wang Dinnerware

Although a lot of us know Vera Wang for her infamous wedding dresses or her low-cost line of lingerie at Kohl’s, her product line also includes an amazing line of dinnerware and place settings. We’ve gathered some of the most beautiful Vera Wang place settings below.

If you like a sophisticated, elegant, and timeless style, Vera Wang is a great choice. It’s not bright and perky like Fiestaware dinnerware, and it’s not as affordable as Corelle dinnerware, but it definitely speaks volumes about you and your lifestyle. A Vera Wang place setting will go with almost anything, and they’d look just as much at home in a high-class restaurant or a sunny breakfast table.