There's a china pattern for every personality. Browse these new designs for your match, something pretty enough for tea with your fanciest friends—and "you" enough for the years of dinners-for-two to come.
For the Dreamer
Serene Blues and Painterly Patterns
Gaze up at the sky or out at the sea and you'll get a feel for why these patterns— whether bold or barely there—feel fresh, tranquil, and utterly timeless. No matter the occasion, when you use them to set a table, you'll create a mood that's anything but blue
The Details: Graymarket Design "Marina Palm" napkin, $32 for 4, graymarketdesign.com; Raynaud "Tresor Blue" teacup, $160, and saucer, $79, devinecorp.net; Suite One Studio "Mimira" colander, $18, anthropologie.com; Nikko Blue Ring designed by Paola Navone coffeepot, $198, and espresso cup and saucer (opposite, left), $57, nikkoceramics.com; Monique Lhuillier "Malibu Azure" teacup and saucer, $130 for a 5-piece setting, waterford.com; Martha Stewart Collection "Stockholm Dinnerware" mix-and-match collection bread-and-butter plate (similar to shown), $172 for 4 place settings, macys.com; Marie Daâge "Iris" hand-painted bowl, $95, jungleeny.com; Paloa Navone "Como" cup, $15, and saucer, $10, crateandbarrel.com; Robert Haviland and C. Parlon "Grand Parc" teacup and saucer, $145, mottahedeh.com; Prouna marble canapé plate (similar to shown, here and opposite), $95 for a set of 4, bloomingdales.com; Noritake "Sandefjord" dinner plate, $50 for a 4-piece setting, noritakechina.com.
For the Romantic
Nature Motifs and Gold Details
These intricate floral and aquatic designs with shimmering accents have a traditional elegance. And while they skew formal, they're far from fussy. These are especially fitting for spring and summer celebrations but will make a table bloom with beauty at any time of year.
The Details: Versace for Rosenthal "Les Etoiles de la Mer" étagère, $475, and teacup and saucer (opposite), $260, rosenthalusa-shop.com; Wedgwood "Tea Garden" teapot, $288, wedgwood.com; Brittany Jepsen for Twig NY "Petals" plate, $42.50 for 2, twigny.com; Kim Parker for Gourmet Basics by Mikasa appetizer plate, $22 for 4, macys.com; Anna Weatherley "Studio Collection White/Purple" canapé plate, $175 for 2, devinecorp.net; Juliska "Field of Flowers Dahlias Berry" bowl, $38, juliska.com; RH Modern "Firenze" spoon, $89 for a 5-piece setting, rhmodern.com; William Yeoward "Scallop Shell" gold dishes, $85 for small, $190 for large, williamyeowardcrystal.com; Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert "Friendship" tidbit plate, $65 for 4, royalalbert.com; Bernardaud "Cronos Pink" salad plate, $50 for 4, bernardaud.com; Seletti "Tamara Juxtaposed" espresso cup and saucer, $42, michelevarian.com.
For the Modernist
Graphic and Gilded Designs
What's black and white and cool all over? These sleek, artful patterns. The mix of strong lines and delicate gold accents makes a confident statement, like a chic black dress (or a polka-dotted one!) with the perfect piece of jewelry.
The Details: Ralph Lauren "Audrey" teacup and saucer, $85, ralphlauren.com; Royal Limoges "Golden Fire" salad plate, $90, and bread-and-butter plate, $65, jungleeny.com; Herdmar "Memphis Black" flatware, $98 for a 5-piece setting, pickardchina.com; Vista Alegre "Carrara Marble Chevron" dessert plate, $32, alchemyfinehome.com; Calvin Klein "Shirotae"cup and saucer, $200, calvinklein.com; Kim Seybert "Aura" napkin, $120 for 4, kimseybert.com; Michael Wainwright "Tempio Luna Gold" canapé plate, $100 for 4, michaelwainwright.com; Porcel "Saturn" charger plate, $150, and teacup and saucer, $248 for a 5-piece setting, pickardchina.com; Non Sans Raison "Teatro" bread plate, $76, dessert plate, $97, and breakfast cup and saucer (opposite), $110, tableartonline.com; L'objet "Soie Tressée" bread-and-butter plate, $36, l-objet.com; Gien "Pandora" trinket box, $270, fxdougherty.com; CB2 "Gold Alligator" salt-and-pepper shakers (here and top right), $15 for set, cb2.com.