Easy Decorating with White Ceramics

When I was a kid, my mom served us dinner on the same octagonal shaped white plates for ten years. They were both a shapely and sensible choice, allowing the homemade meal to shine.  I suppose I can trace my affection for white ceramics to those early days and I’ve been a collector since I had my first apartment. 

What I love about white ceramic objects is go with simply everything. They’re available from decades past in the form of milk glass or ironstone, and in our modern times from retailers who offer sculptural versions for practical and decorative use.  When stacked on shelves backed with color, they’re shapely forms become an artistic display.


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White ceramics will always stand out against a dramatic backdrop like this bright wallpaper hung in a cheerful breakfast nook. 


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Stored inside a black painted armoire, pitchers, cake plates, and tureens await the next round of entertaining, whether casual or formal.   


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Looking for some shapely or unique beauties to add to your home?  Here are a few favorite picks!


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From top left: Filigree Urn, Z Gallerie, $100; Ceramic Berry Basket, Sur La Table, $5; Dog Ceramic Bookends, DCG Stores, $34; New Wave Sugar Bowl, Macys, $23; Haviland Vase, Home Decorators, $79; Silhouette Bud Vases, Wisteria, $39; Tabletop Planter, J. Schatz, $145; Shane Powers Opal Vase, West Elm, $29; Capuchine Gourd, Jonathan Adler, $95; Cake Stand, Williams Sonoma, $34;  White Urn Vase, Pottery Barn, $59; Brookfield Bakeware, Shop Terrain, $95; Bark Textured Pitcher, Bed Bath & Beyond, $20; Sitting Greyhound, Horchow, $475;  Resin Ice Bucket, Calypso St. Barth, $140′; Hive Orb Vase, West Elm, $69


Do you have a collection of white porcelain or ceramic objects in your home too?




3 Responses to “ Easy Decorating with White Ceramics ”

  1. Hi Kate! So happy to see you over here on BHG. Love the article, and love white serving pieces too.

  2. I have a huge collection of white hobnail Fostoria and assorted white ceramics. I need to get them out of storage and use the great ideas and inspiration you’ve shared! Thanks so much!

  3. Hi Kate: Love Love Love this look. I’ve never really collected anything before but this is going to be my new hobby. I just scored a service for 8 of white on white dishes at a yard sale for $10. and I just know I’ll be scouting out my many sources for those special white display items.

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