4 tips to modernise your dinnerware

 During the last year, many of us have been spending more time at home - eating, working, and relaxing within our own four walls. And as our lifestyles change, so too have our dining habits. As well as sharing food and drink around the table more frequently, people are enjoying more casual dining in gardens and on sofas. 

So, whether you’re looking for on-trend dinnerware or simply want to switch up how you serve your food, our director of buying Tina Barkway shares four tips on how you can adapt your dinnerware to your new life at home while expressing your personal style.  

  1. Keep it minimal 

 If you want a dinnerware set that will stand the test of time, white pieces never fall out of favour and will complement all interiors. Our contemporary Denby James Martin collection is a simple yet stylish choice for everyday useThDenby Studio Grey and Imperial Blue are great for adding a pop of colour to the table – and you can mix and match with different sets while maintaining a consistent theme within your home. 



  1. Bowls are the new plates 

With dining becoming ever more casual, bowls are far more practical and suited to our new lifestyle at homeLarge pasta bowls have become a staple piece in our everyday dinnerware, and they’re not just used for pasta anymoreThe Denby Natural Canvas collection has a range of deep and shallow bowls, conveniently shaped for snacking in front of the TV.  

Our Mary Berry collection offers a modern twist on classic dining and includes many large bowls, ideal for sharing or enjoying food outside in the garden.  


  1. Mix textures and shapes  

The shapes of modern dinnerware are changing – round plates aren’t necessary anymore, with many people opting for wonky, oblong and oval designs instead. Statement pieces like the long serving platters and boards from the Mary Berry collection are becoming mainstays in modern kitchens, as well as more playful glassware designs, such as tumblers and stemless wine glasses.  

Try experimenting with textures when dressing your tableUse a bold, patterned runner to complement the simple colours of your dinnerware and add some colour to your mealtimes. 

  1. Choose a practical material 

Gone are the days of having a ‘best’ dinner set that only comes out on special occasions. These days, materials like bone China are less favourable, while earthenware, porcelain and melamine are becoming a more popular choiceAs well as looking stylish, many of these materials can be used in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer for added convenience. 

Likewise, old-fashioned cut crystal is being replaced with more contemporary glassware that can easily transition between home and garden.  


To browse our dinnerware, come and visit us in store in Norwich or Fakenham. 

For more information, contact us in Norwich on 01603 272100, Fakenham on 01328 862381, or email enquiries@aldiss.com.  


23rd July 2021

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