Entertain your guests in true Japanese fashion by hosting a sushi party at your coffee table while seated on the floor. If you go the take-out route, remove the food from containers and boxes, then plate all of the sushi on ceramic dinnerware. Skip floral arrangements in favor of potted grasses.
Vertical-grain walnut cabinetry pairs elegantly with white walls, stainless steel appliances, a modern kitchen island and the rich hue of the walnut floors. Glass-front kitchen cabinets add to the impression of open space and shows off eye-catching dinnerware and glassware. Lighting under the island creates depth and adds to the elegance, illuminating leather bar chairs.
Autumnal decorating is all about warmth and briskness. Bring a touch of warmth to your table settings by placing plates and dinnerware on log chargers. In addition to adding texture and shape, these can also serve as mini trays for guests to use as the gathering becomes more mobile.
A hand-carved solid birch mirror in a black finish hangs above an ebony hand-rubbed buffet table, drawing the eye up to visually heighten this neutral dining room. A modern polished nickel chandelier illuminates the crisp, clean table settings in the neutral space. White dinnerware complements the white wainscoting and tray ceiling, while clear glass vases hold fresh hydrangea bloom centerpieces.
In addition to well-coordinated dinnerware, chargers, linens, runners and flowers, consider adding ambient light to your tabletop with polished pewter, brass or silver candlesticks. Once placed among the all-white elements, the shape and finish of the candlesticks will add depth while also bringing a warm glow.
It wouldn't be summer without an outdoor lobster bake. Cover the table with newspaper for an inexpensive way to bring festivity to your party. Shellfish is so vivid that you don't need a ton of decor to create an appealing yet casual table setting. Add some simple dinnerware to complete the look without going over the top.
In the dining room at the 2014 HGTV Smart Home, this dark stained buffet offers storage for both dinnerware and office supplies. The black stain of the wood complements other black elements in the room. Gray can be found on the ceiling and in the rug, echoing the light hues in the butler's pantry.
Don’t forget the floor. In this kitchen, a black-and-white carpet runner matches the plates and dishes on display in the cabinets above. A small area rug with a pattern or palette that matches your dinnerware is a simple and easy way to create a cohesive look in your kitchen. Designer Michelle Mentzer says another go-to styling choice is to add a plant or flowers for a bit of greenery.
For classic farmhouse style, decorate the walls of your kitchen in antique or vintage china arranged in pretty compositions, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." “You can mix different patterns when you do this,” she says. In this kitchen, plates featuring similar colors in different shapes and sizes are arranged on the wall beside a Dutch door and complement the dinnerware in the open shelving above the sink.
Cloth napkins always take a party to the next level, but not everyone wants to spend on something that rarely gets used. Consider cotton dishtowels instead of traditional napkins. In addition to working perfectly for your event, they can continue to come in handy when washing dinnerware and flatware. Give the towels a party-centric update by tying them with twine instead of using true napkin rings.
Even if you don’t have the budget to hire a top designer, you can still take a cue from her design strategy. This high-end kitchen designed by Jennifer Gilmer includes open shelving that makes the most of a beautiful collection of colorful dinnerware. Gilmer’s advice for a cohesive look: “Don’t use objects that conflict with one another in both color and shape,” she says. “And give the items room to breathe by not cramming too much into one space.”
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson accented this chic antique sideboard with a small gallery wall of black and white vintage photographs. An added chair rail allowed Sarah to play with two different patterns of wallpaper—a bold, linear design below and a natural, whimsical print above. White dinnerware with vintage-style detailing adds old world charm to the chic table setting.
Lighten up a heavy, closed-off kitchen by converting your ordinary cabinets to open shelving. The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “I have loved the open shelf concept,” Meek says. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware. The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.