Choosing The Perfect China Pattern

TSG Tip 121: Choosing The Perfect China Pattern

According to the experts at the Jackson Hole-based home store Belle Cose, there are a few ground rules when selecting china: Go into the process with an open mind and open heart; let the experts help you pick a pattern that will match your table and personality; and if you love it, buy it. In addition to those guiding principles, we sought out their advice for picking the perfect pattern to suit one’s style; here are their recommendations:

Traditional: Elegant and understated prints are an excellent choice for those who have more traditional tastes. The simple outer and inner rims of gold or silver on bone china or porcelain make for a classic table design for any occasion. To add interest and texture to the mix, try choosing a complementary print on salad plates (we adore the 22-karat gold monochrome Avesbury pattern by Royal Crown Derby). If you want the china to truly pop, adding a splash of color always does the trick. With its thick blue stripe, the Royal Crown Derby Cobalt Charger would be an eye-catching addition.

Modern: For those who favor contemporary looks, mixing and matching is an excellent approach. Michael Aram’s work, which includes amazing prints, colors, and different materials, allows the table to really make a statement; the Botanical Leaf Collection is all about mixing woods, metals, and glass, and would be perfect for fans of modern wares. We recommend starting with a modern silversmith charger like the Michael Aram Hammerton Charger and building up from there.

Timeless: Some people prefer to keep their china on display until a truly special occasion. When that is the case, we recommend only the finest! Herend is famous for their fine, hand-painted porcelain that will never go out of style. Their delicate prints will truly stand the test of time (the Fish Scale design is very popular and comes in a multitude of colors with 24-karat gold).

TSG Tip 121 from Belle Cose in Jackson Hole, WY. Image of Mottahedeh Chinoise Blue china courtesy of Amanda Powers