The 12 Best Flatware Sets for Elegant and Elevated Table Settings

The Livingetc team has chosen the 12 best flatware sets, a mix of colors and styles to help you create an elegantly refined and relaxed dining table

best flatware in gold, silver and black
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We use it several times a day and a good set can last a lifetime, so flatware should be a considered purchase.

It's not a decision to make in isolation either. Whether you like to use different flatware for everyday use and special occasions, or prefer to splurge on one luxurious set that you can eat from all the time, it's essential to first consider the style of your tableware and kitchen or dining area before taking the plunge.

Do you like a rustic vibe, some that's simple, or something with a more sophisticated feel? There is a flatware set to suit all of the best dinnerware sets, whatever your style.

We've rounded-up a multitude of flatware sets from the best home decor brands to simplify your choice. Here's our edit of the best flatware sets.

Best stainless steel flatware

Best gold hued flatware

Best copper hued flatware

Best black flatware

What is the best type of flatware to buy?

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Stainless steel is the best and most popular flatware–or cutlery– to buy. Even on-trend gold or black flatware is generally made from stainless steel and plated with the surface color. Stainless steel is strong, hygienic, and resistant to rust.

'Steel, as with all metals, comes in different grades of quality and purity,' says Soho Home Design Director, James Patmore. 'Stainless steel 304, 18/8 or 18/10 works well for general cutlery or flatware.'

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration. 

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