There are thousands of dinner plate collections available that can appeal to the most traditional or more adventurous households. For years, circular plates have and continue to reign as the most popular, but collections boasting square or colorfully patterned dishes are becoming more popular. Recycling is an important part of preserving the planet, and plate manufacturers are taking notice by incorporating old products into new dishes. The most popular simple design is the round, solid white plate made out of ceramic, porcelain or fine china. White china plates are customary wedding presents to a new bride and groom. The solid color with little or no pattern is sure to go with any table or room decor. No matter what the brand, white china will always be in style.
Corelle, a dinner plate manufacturer known for using sturdy materials, focuses on dinner plates with whimsical designs. Plates are affordable, aesthetically pleasing and are carried by several retailers. The most popular round Corelle dish sets are Winter Frost, a solid white collection, Classic Cafe, white dishes with thin rings of black or red around the edges, and Urban, a white plate with thick lines and squares in your choice of black or red around the parameter of each dish, bowl and mug. Plates can be purchased online on sites like Amazon.com or in retail stores such as Target or Wal-Mart.
Going green is a hot trend these days. More and more people are buying products that help preserve the environment and relieve them of a large carbon foot print. Zak is a company that makes plates out of safe, recycled material. Melamine, the main component in the plates, is a chip and stain resistant material reminiscent of thick plastic. The Zak Confetti Plate Collection comes in white, as well as bright colors like turquoise, hot pink and orange, with visible pieces of recycled materials throughout the plate. A solid colored plate with specks of multicolored pieces make these plates a beautiful addition to your table.
Williams Sonoma makes classic porcelain and china plate collections. Currently, their most popular collection is the Buffalo China set. This durable, solid white collection is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. You can purchase the entire collection or individually by pieces on their website. Home decorating guru Martha Stewart has her own line of dishware. A very popular collection is the Martha Stewart with Wedgwood "Petal Lattice." This bone china collection is solid white with a thin silver stripe around the most outer edges of each dish.
For those wanting to escape the monotony of solid white dinnerware, try blue and brown stoneware sets from Pfaltzgraff or Gibson, both Amazon best sellers. These sets have bright, glossy colors and textured ridges along the insides for Pfaltzgraff and along the outsides for Gibson. Stoneware is a durable alternative to delicate porcelain.