Another way to create a unique look for both formal and casual settings is to buy individual pieces that can be mixed in matched.
If you buy pieces in a consistent material or weight, it is very easy to find solid colors and patterns that you can use together or separately. It looks lovely if you place one large plate of a solid color at the bottom, a slightly smaller patterned plate in the middle, followed by another smaller solid plate on top.
If you are considering buying dinnerware try to check out a few sellers websites to see what the various brands offer.
You might just have fun creating your own look, versus just displaying what a manufacturer would like you to display.