Set an elegant table at the holidays, or any time of year.
Chargers, sometimes referred to as service plates, are essentially oversized plates that can help dress up your dining table. They will bring texture, interest, and color to your tabletop, plus they’re a quick and easy way to mix things up in the dining room.
Play with textures. Chargers are available in a wide range of finishes, including metal, glass, and natural textiles. Look around at what you’re already using to set the table and think about mixing and matching.
Linens: If you have a runner in a flat weave, try chargers with an opposite look and feel, such as a tactile basket weave style. Likewise, if your linens have a soft or nubby feel, consider metallic or shiny chargers for contrast.
Dinnerware: Another idea is to mix chargers with complementary dining and service plates. Sophisticated white porcelain is elegant atop crisp metallic chargers, and handmade stoneware will look great against natural, textured chargers. Other materials to consider include glass, pewter, and silver plate.