Upgrade Grandma’s China with These Pretty Chargers
We love Grandma’s china as much as she does, but we also like to keep things fun and fresh. She taught us how to set a table, and now it's time to update it. It’s easy to upgrade an heirloom china pattern with a few additions to the table—interesting utensils, pretty napkins, and inspired chargers can take Grandma’s china from classic to contemporary. The charger, in particular, can make a huge difference in upgrading your table for the season. All it takes is an infusion of texture, pattern, or color to update an heirloom china pattern and make it seem brand new. It’s an easy upgrade, but it’s one that makes a huge difference. A glimmer of red around the rim of the plate, a burst of gold layered below a simple pattern—no matter your style, you can make it happen. Read on, and check out some of our favorite chargers for upgrading Grandma’s classic china. These chargers and table setting ideas will breathe life into your dining room and add unexpected flair to your beloved, passed-down china. They can also take something traditional and make it seem brand-new. It’s the best of both worlds for those who love the classics but want to keep things fresh and surprising too. Add in your favorite silver and linens, and your table will be ready for company.
Buy it: $24, anthropologie.com
Layer this glimmering, iridescent charger beneath any china pattern for a touch of understated elegance.
Ocean Mosaic Charger Plate
Buy it: $19.99, pier1.com
This charger is the next best thing to having your meal seaside. It’s a lovely, easy update for your summer table.
Courtland Charger Plate
Buy it: $24.95, pier1.com
This pretty charger is made of handcrafted mango wood and will add some rustic flair to your classic china.
Copper Hammered Charger Plate
Buy it: $14.95, pier1.com
When in doubt, go with a hammered copper charger. It’s somehow modern and timeless all at once.
Verona Sparkle Charger
Buy it: $39.99, bloomingdales.com
Add dimension and color with this crimson glass charger.
Caskata Arbor Blue Charger Plate
Buy it: $79.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
Blue and white, forever and always.
Round Ruffled Charger Plates, Set of 4
Buy it: $40, nordstrom.com
For major style, add some Art Deco flair to your grandmother’s antique china.
Aerin Woven Charger
Buy it: $29.95, williams-sonoma.com
Pair with your blue and white china for a touch of texture.
Embossed Charger Plates, Set of 4
Buy it: $60, nordstrom.com
These melamine chargers have a gorgeous floral-embossed border. They're practically Elizabethan, and yet they feel so fresh.
Caskata Peony Charger Plate in Blue
Buy it: $79.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
A lush peony pattern rendered in deep blue forms the border of this pretty charger.
Juliska Pewter Stoneware Charger Plate
Buy it: $75, nordstrom.com
Update classic china with this elegant, pewter-glazed charger from fan-favorite brand Juliska.
White Marble Charger
Buy it: $42.95, williams-sonoma.com
White marble will always be a classic.
Copper Hammered Rim Charger Plates, Set of 6
Buy it: $59.99, amazon.com
Update your china with a dose of on-trend copper.
Providence Wood Charger
Buy it: $19.95, williams-sonoma.com
Ground your pattern with this simple charger made of smooth acacia wood.
Truman Charger Plate in Navy
Buy it: $52.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
This pretty navy lattice pattern will look lovely with white bone china.
Koyal Wholesale Vintage Charger Plate in Gold, Set of 4
Buy it: $17.35, amazon.com
Channel vintage vibes with this elegant gold charger plate.
Glass Silver Beaded Charger Plate
Buy it: $45, macys.com
Up the contemporary factor with the addition of a glass charger with a textural beaded detail.
Charger Plate in Gold
Buy it: $19.43, amazon.com
Add a charger in a sunburst pattern for a graphic infusion.
Nutcracker Charger Plate
Buy it: $44.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
Adorn your holiday table with these sweet Christmas chargers, replete with seasonal details and gold accents.
Gold Rim Charger Plates, Set of 4
Buy it: $16.99, amazon.com
Go with gold for an elegant update to a time-tested china pattern.
Lemon Melamine Plate
Buy it: $16, katespade.com
If you have simple white china, pair it with this bright and cheery, citrus-inspired pattern. Use the plate as a charger or as an accent plate with your classic china for an instant, summery update.