Porcelain with a coloured rim achieves the impossible. It is coloured without being coloured and it is plain without being plain. That is achieved when the designer focuses his creativity on the rim. This may result in a broad band of iridescent colour or discreet highlighting of the outer edge. Porcelain plates with a coloured rim make a strong first impression. They look as though they are framed – and this "frame" accentuates their design.
Some designers, such as Gien, Raynaud or KPM set off the different areas of a plate with a number of thin coloured rims. But regardless how the rim is accentuated, it will always draw attention to the porcelain object.