Style and Color
China dinnerware is available in dozens, if not hundreds, of styles, patterns, shapes and colors. We offer thousands of chinaware skus on our website, but even with such endless possibilities, choosing the right kind to accentuate your ambiance can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, we offer free samples on many dinnerware items, so you can see how the piece fits in your dining room before committing to a bulk purchase. You can also use the left-hand navigation on the side of our pages to narrow down to the results you’re looking for.
The theme of your restaurant will often determine the style. Mexican restaurants, for example, usually feature a colorful array of Cancun or Fiesta dinnerware, while trendy coffee houses or farm-to-table establishments may prefer the splotched pattern of Rotana. Fine dining establishments usually stick with the classic bright white look that never goes out of style.
Though there are several colors that can add vibrancy and flare, the most popular is, and has always been, white. However, you have options here as well. Bright white is more intense and crisper than standard white, where as Ivory (also known as American White) is a more subdued, creamier white. Colors and hues can change depending on the manufacturer, so it is always recommended that you request a free sample prior to purchase.
Durability and Warranties
No chinaware is 100% unbreakable. Therefore, it is always a best practice to purchase more than you’ll anticipate using, especially in a fast-paced kitchen environment where natural wear and tear can take its toll much faster. It is important to note that there is no industry standard on durability as far as chinaware is concerned. However, even though no china is unbreakable, some are more durable than others and come with better warranties, so always be sure to ask.
Is your china fully vitrified? This is one cue to tell how durable it is. Vitrified china means that your dinnerware is non-porous and won’t absorb water which results in less internal stress due to contracting and expansion. This helps to prevent breakage. Both porcelain and bone china can be 100% vitrified. Bone china, as discussed earlier, is more durable than porcelain because of the added bone ash included in its composition, in addition to full vitrification.
Many top brands offer at least a One-Year No Chip Warranty. Homer Laughlin offers a Lifetime No Chip Warranty. Many popular ITI patterns, like Rotana, Quad, and Cancun, are available from Central with an exclusive Five Year No Chip Warranty. Always verify the manufacturer’s warranty prior to purchase because some chinaware doesn’t include any at all.