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 is 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 consider the style of your tableware and kitchen or dining area. 

Do you like a rustic vibe, elegant simplicity or prefer a more sophisticated feel? There is a flatware set to suit the best dinnerware sets and everyday dining, whatever your style.

We've chomped through a multitude of flatware styles, from the best home decor stores, to simplify the choice. Here's our round up 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?

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.