Our dinnerware has been replaced with crafts these days, but with fall coming up I want to get back to regularly enjoying dinners as a family. I am planning to buy a kid’s table specifically for Thea’s crafts to transition those because after cooking dinner during the week the last thing I have the energy for is removing all of the items from our dining room table to sit down. We usually eat the island in the kitchen, which only seats two, so one of us stands. It’s the fastest way to eat when we are hungry and have used up all of our energy throughout the day. However, we prefer not to live in such a fast-paced way. We love taking our time, listening to music that is on theme with the dinner, and then having that sit-down dinner where we are all together and take our time.
The purpose of this post is to share some of my favorite Amazon dinnerware finds to inspire your table as well. I think it’s so important for families to sit down together and really have time to spend talking and enjoying a meal. We live in a fast environment and we want to slow down. In fact, we need to slow down. My inspiration for our table specifically is to make it welcoming, cozy, and inviting for people, even if it’s just us, to come stay a while relaxing around good food.
How can I make my dining table look attractive?
You can style your dining room with dinnerware by combining aesthetics with functionality. Start by choosing a theme or style that resonates with your personal preference. It could be earthy tones, modern aesthetics, rustic, or more traditional. This is the first step to helping you choose dinnerware that complements the overall look of your dining room.
Choose dinnerware that aligns with the theme or style you’ve chosen. Think through things like color, pattern, material, and shape. For example, if you’re going for a rustic look, earthy tones and handcrafted pottery is a great choice. If you’re looking for a modern feel, sleek and minimalistic designs work well.
Layering different textures and patterns adds depth to your table. You can mix and match dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, and other pieces to create an interesting look.
POLISH WITH DETAILS
Choose flatware and glassware that complement the style of your dinnerware to add detail to your table styling. These elements will enhance the overall visual appeal and functionality of the table. You can include placemats for additional layering as mentioned above that will add a touch of detail as well.
You’ll want to finish off the table with a focal point in the center of your table. This could be a floral arrangement, a bowl of fruit, an abstract piece of art, or if you’re like me, simple candles. I use candles, especially tapers, that range in different heights to line the center of my table and add dimension.
Arrange the dinnerware and accessories in a balanced way. Symmetry can be visually pleasing, but asymmetry can also create an interesting and dynamic look.
Honestly, terrible lighting will ruin the mood of your dining room. No one wants to eat in harsh overhead lighting, so lighting plays a crucial role in creating ambiance. Pendant lights above the table can provide both functional and aesthetic lighting. Dimmers can help you adjust the mood according to the occasion.
While aesthetics are important, make sure the table setting is functional. Ensure that there’s enough space for plates, glasses, and cutlery and that guests can comfortably reach for items. If a table feels OVER styled, it won’t feel inviting because of a fear of messing it up. While styling is important, remember that the dinnerware should be practical for everyday use. Opt for durable materials that are dishwasher-safe and easy to maintain.
Pedestal bowls elevate your table by adding layered heights and dimension between your plates and centerpieces. You can add decor or fruit to the bowl along with taper candles on either side.
Plate mats can be used to add style, details, layering, and dimension to your table. They are affordable, and stylish, and can be styled under stacked dinnerware to create a place setting that invites your guests.
Joel and I have these and use them specifically when hosting people, which is all the time. I love having special glasses that my guests can grab to enjoy their drink of choice.
How gorgeous is this black dinner set? I love the imperfect edging and how stark black they are which makes them feel modern and luxurious.
We added pasta bowls to our dinnerware and it makes all the difference! It really does feel better going to grab the correct bowl for specific foods. I love the organic look of these matte white stoneware pasta bowls.
You can use wooden elements such as this long wood bowl to line the center of your table with fruit or decorative decor. If you have a circular table, use a pedestal bowl!
I LOVE the linen from Magic Linen. We use our tablecloth from their Amazon shop all the time and their napkins are worth a mention for favorite dinnerware items as well!
This set is featured in the first photo of this post. I love the organic, imperfect edging. They are thicker than I expected which isn’t a negative feature, but something I wanted to mention because sometimes things don’t quite translate from the listing photo to seeing them true to scale in person!
One of my favorite dinnerware pieces in our kitchen is our collection of matte plates and bowls. They feel so modern yet organic and cozy. Some modern bowls and plates can feel stiff, so the organic edging of these makes them the perfect aesthetic for our dinners. I use them to serve on, not just eat off of!
I think black cutting boards are highly underused! I have found so many beautiful options for them on Amazon, including this cute round one which can be used to style in your kitchen, placed on your dining table to style, and used as a cheeseboard when hosting.
I’m obsessed with our flatware set! It’s so modern. I mentioned this before in another post, but a friend of mine had this set and I had to have it! I love how long and modern they are.
This cutting board is beautiful and another great option for styling or creating a cheeseboard on your table for guests. You can use it for serving bread or simple items for your everyday weekday night dinners.
These salad serves are one of my favorite purchases this year. I LOVE the wood, the styling, and the shape. They are perfect for adding a touch of natural elements if you’re looking for organic dining room decor and dinnerware. If you’re looking for a modern look, these are still perfect with their more modern shape.