Couture crockery

TABLEWARE is set to be one of the stars of this year’s interiors scene.

For years these staples – plates, bowls, knives and forks – have been pretty functional in their design. But in 2020 they are set to come into their own with statement pieces that will add wow factor wherever they are placed – even when stowed away in your crockery cupboard or cutlery draw.

So whether your plates are chipped beyond repair, your cutlery set is missing one all-important addition, or you simply want to treat yourself – and your dining table – to some new pieces, here is our guide to the current tableware trends.

Give your cutlery drawer an injection of colour

Unique utensils

Each item of cutlery performs a very important function. Knives have to cut, forks need to stab and spoons need to scoop. Therefore, when it comes to the overall design, it’s difficult to stray too far.

Handles, however, have always been a great way to add some personality to these functional pieces. And from vintage-inspired faux-bone to decorative patterned sets, there is something to suit every taste and décor.

This year will also see the continuation of the colourful cutlery trend that emerged a few seasons ago.

From around the 70s onwards, cutlery has largely been fashioned from stainless steel. And this is still very much the case. After all, it’s relatively inexpensive, resistant to rust and withstands high temperatures (perfect for the dishwasher).

But the emergence of coated stainless steel sets means cutlery is now available in rose gold, gold, black and even iridescent shades.  Matte finishes are also becoming increasingly popular as Scandi influences continue to shape our buying habits.

If cost is a consideration, and let’s face it, when is it not, there are some fantastically priced sets on the market. But before you buy, remember this is an essential you will be using a few times a day, so no matter what you spent you are sure to be getting your money’s worth.

John Lewis & Partners Artisan Dinner Plate – £10

Dishy dishes

There has always been a wide choice of crockery on the market, but white has long been the dominant shade.

However, take a look around the homeware department of any major department store and you will be greeted by a plethora of hues – from the current interior staple of grey to Pantone Colour of the Year Classic Blue. Patterns are also big, from the traditional splash of colour around the edge to full on flowers, stripes, gingham and motifs.

If you find the choice too overwhelming, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Use your interior instincts to pick pieces that complement each other.