How to Create Colourful Dinnerware Sets For Summer Days


Summer is the season of spontaneity. It’s a time for spur of the moment outdoor get-togethers and lazy afternoons spent grazing in good company while the sun shines overhead.

Times like these call for colour. Like the vibrant picnic rugs and colourful range of freshly bloomed flowers that define the season, your tableware can bring an extra splash of colour to the bright and sunny days ahead. Here’s how.

Find your colours

What is the best colour for dinnerware?

It’s a common question with no single answer. All colours bring a unique mood of their own, and summer spreads are the perfect time to sample them all.

Instead of matching tableware, try mixing and matching across the full spectrum of different colours. It’s an opportunity to lay your personality out on the table along with the fresh and light alfresco plates that form the centrepiece of the occasion.

Consider the following colours in the Royal Doulton range for inspiration:

Bright palettes

For colours that catch the sun and bring a cheerful atmosphere to any summer get-together, try mixing pieces from the 1815 range. 1815 Blue is lightly festive and finished with a subtle glaze, while the 1815 Bright range features bold, bright, and fresh colours that make sharing a true joy.

Softer colours

Signature 1815 items are perfect for blending bright colours with a soft and stylish palette of pink, coral, green, and blue set against a timeless, crisp white. These ordinarily reserved colours take on a new life that’s perfectly imperfect for balmy outdoor days.

Neutral tones

Looking to temper bold colours with a more muted palette? Try 1815 White for a smart and simple white finish, and add Maze Light Grey to create an effortlessly casual, classic look.

Two-tone options

Two-tone tableware instantaneously adds visual interest to any spread. Consider mixing some of the striking two-tone pieces from the Olio range, such as Olio Celadon Blue and Olio White.

Use textural contrasts

Create unique sets by mixing and matching different textures and patterns. For example, you might pair the bold look of Royal Doulton’s Pacific Splash Mug with natural textures and neutral colours like those found in the Olio Black range. Alternatively, you might pair the dots and stripes of the Pacific Mint collection with the distinctive Hammer texture of Gordon Ramsey’s Maze grill range, inspired by the patterned metal beakers which adorn his restaurants.

Natural materials, like the Olio Wood Handled Server crafted from quality oak, can add an eclectic touch to your table setting too. Be as creative as you like and experiment with different pieces that offset each other, or maybe even clash, perfectly imperfect side by side.

Embrace the perfectly imperfect

For all our efforts to match the mood and create just the right balance of colour, there’s an element of chance and serendipity that goes into making a uniquely colourful dinnerware set.

The bottom line: don’t overthink it. It’s an exercise in individuality, so gravitate toward the colours that speak to you and let it unfold with perfect imperfection - just like the best summer evenings always do.

To begin mixing and matching your own collection,
explore Royal Doulton’s range of colours, textures and patterns here.