Stunning flatware always adds an impressive sparkle to a dinner table. Whether it’s a glimmering five-piece silverware set or a collection of antique spoons, beautiful flatware is a delicious meal’s partner in crime. An expansive set of antique flatware can be an investment, however. To help, we’re spotlighting the considerations to take into account before splurging on a set!
What function will your flatware play in your home?
If you’re considered the hostess with the mostest among your friends, why not splurge on a sprawling silverware set? Large sets ensure tabletop cohesion. Not as much of a party-thrower as a party-goer? For those who simply want to achieve a touch of luxury during breakfasts or afternoon teas, consider smaller assortments. While fewer in number, smaller flatware sets can still breathe a grandiose air into those daily rituals.
What material flatware are you looking for?
A popular flatware choice for a reason, stainless steel flatware is dishwasher safe, easy to clean, and rust-resistant. Sleek and classic, stainless steel especially suits those who intend on using their serveware frequently.
Once reserved only for the upper classes, sterling silver is another time-honored flatware pick. Made up of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% metals like copper, sterling silver pieces lean toward the pricier side. If you’re budget conscious, consider silverplate and Sheffield plate flatware. Silverplate and Sheffield plate are only covered in a thin coat of silver, making these alternatives more wallet-friendly.
What flatware shape and finish do you like best?
Shape and finish play the biggest role in flatware’s personality. Preview flatware with glossy, matte, satin, and two-tone finishes to learn what appeals to you. From minimalist tapered handles to classical oblong handles, tableware also runs the gamut when it comes to shapes. Round-edged, modernist tabletop accessories buck heirloom silverware’s stuffy stereotype, while gilded, engraved versions suit more traditional tastes. No matter the aesthetic, consider what finish and shape complements the rest of your tablescape. That includes dinner plates, serving bowls, table linens, and more!
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