I love a white table setting. In a maddening world of hyper everything, hyper-anything filled with information overload, activities overload, hyperboles, and multiple exclamation points followed by emojis and more emojis, a simple everyday white table setting grounds the soul. Add deliciously beautiful food, a glass of wine and a good company (or no company at all) and life slows down to quiet conversations, leisurely daydreaming, time to think, really think.
You may of course find a white table setting boring. That it should remain relegated to weddings and convention-like dinners. Forget that, dream bigger.
Create a white table setting for everyday peace
Use plain white place dinnerware with little or no patterns.
Still need some color? Add color in other table items, such as napkins, placemats, plate chargers, theme ornaments and bouquet(s) of flowers.
Keep the focus on delicious food to also bring in colors.
If you have a wood table, proudly display the wood, especially if it is an old wood, has an aged patina or beautiful wood grain and knots.
When storage is limited, a white table setting will offers the most versatility to create a beautiful tablescape.
When paired with white tableware, colors in plate chargers, placemats, linen, and other table items really pop without being too intrusive for table conversations or just daydreaming to gather one’s thoughts.
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Use clean design white place settings for a modern or minimal look. You can easily add themes reflected in other table accessories. But frankly, nothing seems to beat the addition of a fabulous bouquet of flowers.
Aged wood tables (or at least the appearance of age) suggests a kind of farmhouse feel, a casual “slow-down” feel, time to enjoy a good meal and chat with family and friends. Or if you’re alone, a “slow-down” feel and time to recharge your life battery.
This breakfast table setting works beautifully for me. The ruff linen tablecloth and tree branches suggest a rustic feel. The layered white table setting, white napkins, white pitcher and other serving items all work together to create a meal that invites you to linger.
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White place settings are not just for weddings and special occasions.
They're versatile and can easily be mixed with other tableware items.
Designs are available in a wide range of styles, shapes solid colors to accented colors, as well as materials from fine china to stoneware.
White place settings are best suited for use when there is limited storage space for dining ware.
White place settings absolutely love being paired with other colors.
This is not an argument against pattered place settings by no means. There are so many absolutely beautifully designed place settings. When storage and budget are not an issue, by all means, indulge your dining experience with decorative place settings. Otherwise, opting for a white place setting and a variety of complementing table accessories is the way to go.
As for me, yes I do have very contemporary white with a taupe rim stoneware place settings from Denby. And then a more formal white place setting with gold accent by Vera Wang. I love them both and often set them out with varying table accessories. For my food photography projects, I most often use white. Still, I do have several “wildly” decorated tableware pieces that are fun because they tell a better food story than a plain white tableware would.
I love white place settings because the food just always seems so much more inviting.