12th July 2018

Tableware is important to any working kitchen, it’s part of our everyday lives. Kitchens are a multifunctional space, so you may be looking to invest in your first ‘set’ for day-to-day life or are perhaps exploring a more formal set for entertaining, there are options to suit all needs.

The great thing about tableware is its ability to showcase your personality and that is the real joy of interior décor. You can opt for sophisticated white or go wild with colour, you can either choose to have a complete matching set or you might decide eclectic is your thing and mix them all up. There are no rules!

From price to quantity, there are a lot of different factors to consider when searching for the right tableware. Here are some helpful pointers:

  • Firstly, you’ll need to think about your budget before purchasing; there are many different price points on offer so it helps to know exactly what you need and how much you’re willing to spend. Our advice is to ensure you purchase the essentials in the first instance; you can always allocate more budget later down the line.
  • How many covers do you need? Whether you’re catering for five or 25, consider practicalities first.
  • Lastly, think about how you’ll be using the tableware. In some cases, it may be appropriate to buy two or more sets, one for everyday use and one for special evening dinners.


Ceramic is a traditional, versatile material. It can take high wear, heat and pressure which makes it a practical choice for busy kitchens.

Whilst practically ceramic makes the perfect tableware, a set of ceramics (as shown below), can also accentuate your personal interior and is a great way to add luxury. H&M Home has a wide collection of minimalist porcelain dishes that will seamlessly fit into any scheme.

The ‘Porcelain Collection’ from H&M


Using stoneware for kitchen accessories has been a growing trend over the last couple of years. This material is fired at extremely high temperatures, making it the most suitable option for anyone looking for durability.

This type of tableware lends itself to many different styles of design, from country cottage to alfresco dining. The textured and unpolished finish contrasts well with a mix of materials.

The Denby Studio Blue range with John Lewis takes inspiration from the colours and textures found in stone and minerals. Drawing upon over 200 years of skilled craftsmanship, Denby has designed a range that combines a variety of textural and tonal glazes.

The ‘Denby Studio Blue Range’ available from John Lewis


A clean and crisp white tableware set will never go out of style! An elegant and sophisticated touch to any dinner party, letting the dishes do the talking. Classical sets are normally made from bone china meaning they are dishwasher safe, lightweight and chip-resistant.

Based on the classical motif of fluting, the ‘Flute’ set from Loveramics features refined bands of texture that complement its homely silhouette.

The ‘Flute Dinnerware Set’ from Loveramics, available from Heal’s

If you want more design inspiration, request a copy of our 80-page brochure here or browse our blog and Instagram page for recent case studies. Alternatively, book a complimentary consultation here in your local Harvey Jones showroom to discuss your kitchen design with our expert designers.