(NC) – Many of the current home decor trends reflect our desire for a more comfortable, relaxed approach to everyday living as a way to combat the frantic workplace.
Although we often indulge in a nostalgic desire to bring back those special family occasions when we bring out our ‘very best’, more often than not, we find ourselves entertaining family and friends in a more relaxed environment. Casual gatherings around a fondue pot, eating take-out Thai or sampling Spanish tapas, entertaining is all about great food shared with good company.
Tableware manufacturers understand the need for casual designs to look good enough to suit more special occasions while at the same time to be practical and strong enough to take the stresses of dine and dash meals. Todays tableware collections can serve as the foundation for creating a truly custom look. ‘Royal Doulton’s newest ranges, the Studio and Fusion brands of tableware, offer today’s quality conscious consumers a fashion forward look along with ultimate flexibility’, states Marion Proctor, Marketing Manager for Royal Doulton Canada Limited. The global village is becoming smaller every year and we are constantly experimenting with new foods from around the world. As our food preferences evolve, our tableware needs to be able to handle anything from stew to stir fry! Multi-functional items ensure that every meal looks perfect! It is perfectly normal to use the same bowl for Pad Thai, Rocky Road ice cream or cafe au lait; the same plate can do triple duty for antipasto, cheesecake or sushi.
Look for unusual shapes, colours, finishes and textures to add a note of interest to the table. Solid colours or white give lots of scope for change but sometimes a colourful design is the ideal touch. Multi media is no longer reserved for the home theatre experience – layering a variety of textures on the table is what shows your sense of style… wooden charger plates, metal and acrylic accents, unusual linens – a quick change gives your table a whole new look. Creating a table style that can adapt to your mood of the moment has never been easier!