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If you’re somebody who only digs out the good tableware for large gatherings or parties, consider upgrading your everyday setup as well. While styles and price tags vary greatly from one set to the next, shopping around for the perfect tableware and flatware can be extremely rewarding. If your everyday dinnerware needs a refresh, here are some tips to help you make the best choice:
Do the Numbers
First thing’s first: you need to determine how many sets of dinnerware you’ll actually need. As it can become expensive quickly, taking the time to decide how many pieces can save you a lot of money. Don’t be tempted to “invest” in overly extensive sets with lots of extra pieces. If you can’t think of a use for them right now, you will probably not use them in your everyday life.
Find Reputable Tableware Companies
There are some definite advantages to buying from a trusted company. Larger companies that have been in business longer tend to have better quality assurance and safety standards for long-term usage. Many also guarantee their products, which can save you from unexpected issues or at the very least give you the peace of mind you need for a big purchase.
Maintain Your Dinnerware the Right Way
It’s key to learn how to take care of your dinnerware. Frequent microwave use, for example, can eventually wear down your dishes. Many dishes are not safe to wash in dishwashers, either. Clarify what you’ll need to hand wash and what you should avoid using in the microwave to help your dishes last longer.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match your dinnerware. You can successfully coordinate with the rest of your home furnishings and overall aesthetic without sticking to a single matching set for every piece. Experiment with adding in different colors, patterns and shapes for dinnerware pieces to make a set entirely unique to your needs.
White Never Goes Out of Style
Luckily, if you’re intimidated by the amount of choices available for dinnerware, trust in plain white. White dinnerware, especially made of china or porcelain, is timeless and can work with any design style. Because you don’t need to worry about matching colors and patterns, it’s easy to replace pieces or add more to the set when needed. Many designers prefer white dishes for the way they make your food look, as well—nothing brings out the colors and textures of fruits, veggies and other dishes like a plain white canvas.