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Which China Pattern to Register for Based on Your Personality

  • Photos by Carissa Gallo
  • Styled by Genevieve Panuska and Naomi deMañana

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,; Raynaud "Tresor Blue" teacup, $160, and saucer, $79,; Suite One Studio "Mimira" colander, $18,; Nikko Blue Ring designed by Paola Navone coffeepot, $198, and espresso cup and saucer (opposite, left), $57,; Monique Lhuillier "Malibu Azure" teacup and saucer, $130 for a 5-piece setting,; Martha Stewart Collection "Stockholm Dinnerware" mix-and-match collection bread-and-butter plate (similar to shown), $172 for 4 place settings,; Marie Daâge "Iris" hand-painted bowl, $95,; Paloa Navone "Como" cup, $15, and saucer, $10,; Robert Haviland and C. Parlon "Grand Parc" teacup and saucer, $145,; Prouna marble canapé plate (similar to shown, here and opposite), $95 for a set of 4,; Noritake "Sandefjord" dinner plate, $50 for a 4-piece setting,


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,; Wedgwood "Tea Garden" teapot, $288,; Brittany Jepsen for Twig NY "Petals" plate, $42.50 for 2,; Kim Parker for Gourmet Basics by Mikasa appetizer plate, $22 for 4,; Anna Weatherley "Studio Collection White/Purple" canapé plate, $175 for 2,; Juliska "Field of Flowers Dahlias Berry" bowl, $38,; RH Modern "Firenze" spoon, $89 for a 5-piece setting,; William Yeoward "Scallop Shell" gold dishes, $85 for small, $190 for large,; Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert "Friendship" tidbit plate, $65 for 4,; Bernardaud "Cronos Pink" salad plate, $50 for 4,; Seletti "Tamara Juxtaposed" espresso cup and saucer, $42,

For the Pop Star

Bright Hues and Playful Prints

Set a scene with punch and personality. Bold patterns and shapely solids are fun for weeknight dinners or Sunday brunch—but there's no reason you can't also use them to give special holiday meals an extra dose of cheer.

The Details: Richard Ginori "Giardino Dei Semplici Verde" coffee cup, $55, coffee saucer, $35, and milk jug, $135,; Terrafirma Ceramics dessert plate, in Apricot, $40,; Alice Cheng mini porcelain dish, in Multi Dot, $28,; Marimekko "Oiva Unikko" plate, $30, and teapot (opposite), $115,; Jean Louis Coquet "Quartet" bread-and-butter plate, $92,; CB2 "Intermix" plates, in Evergreen, $6 each; and in Dusty Pink, $3.50 each,; Sarah Cihat "Mixte" salad plate, $62,; Sieger by Fürstenberg "Seven Hanami" accent plate, $298,; Deshoulières "Matrix" teacup and saucer, $115, and bread-and-butter plate (far right), $30, 800-242-2210; Third Drawer Down Studio "Louise Bourgeois Ode  L'Oubli" tea set, $65,; Cru by Darbie Angell "Middleton" bowl, $100 for a 5-piece set, and "Sprinkles" spoons, $30 for 4,

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,; Royal Limoges "Golden Fire" salad plate, $90, and bread-and-butter plate, $65,; Herdmar "Memphis Black" flatware, $98 for a 5-piece setting,; Vista Alegre "Carrara Marble Chevron" dessert plate, $32,; Calvin Klein "Shirotae"cup and saucer, $200,; Kim Seybert "Aura" napkin, $120 for 4,; Michael Wainwright "Tempio Luna Gold" canapé plate, $100 for 4,; Porcel "Saturn" charger plate, $150, and teacup and saucer, $248 for a 5-piece setting,; Non Sans Raison "Teatro" bread plate, $76, dessert plate, $97, and breakfast cup and saucer (opposite), $110,; L'objet "Soie Tressée" bread-and-butter plate, $36,; Gien "Pandora" trinket box, $270,; CB2 "Gold Alligator" salt-and-pepper shakers (here and top right), $15 for set,