Flatware Basics

Well-chosen flatware is a crucial element of your home—both in style and in function

Place Setting

Register for eight to 12 five-piece place settings, which include a salad fork, dinner fork, dinner knife, soup spoon and teaspoon. When choosing a flatware pattern, consider the design of your china. If one is ornate, choose a simple pattern for the other. If your dishes have angular elements, look for linear utensils; to match dishes that have round or circular patterns, opt for flatware with rounded lines. "Oceana" silver-plated five-piece place setting with stainless-steel knife blade, $473, by Christofle