If I had to use one word to describe the process of decorating my first one-bedroom apartment with my S.O., it would be "compromise." Hours after we signed the lease, I started a Pinterest board to compile all the gorgeous interior images that I hoped would one day guide the way we decorated our home. And while we did purchase a few dream items from the board, I've also learned to master the tricky dance interior designers always refer to as the "high-low mix."
For every dream item my boyfriend and I chose, we promised to compromise and save money on another piece. And now, through trial and error, we've quickly learned which items warrant a splurge, and which ones you can get away with saving money on. As it turns out, the least expensive item in our home is what guests comment on the most: a $24 flatware set I found on Amazon.
I hear you: Design experts usually warn against buying cheap versions of products you use every day, like a sofa or flatware, but since purchasing four of these modern sets, I'm a total devotee.
Made by Jinsen, they're crafted from stainless steel, rustproof, and BPA-free. They're just as sleek and delicate as the original Goa set I loved from Cutipol, but instead of being hundreds of dollars, they're just $24.
Yes, this might be Amazon's best-kept secret. Shop the hidden gem and more minimalist flatware sets below.
Buck tradition, and replace your plain silver flatware for this matte gold-look set. It's sure to make any dinner party table look a little more luxurious.
Make mealtimes feel a little more special with these luxe-looking white-and-gold spoons, forks, and knives.
Is there a more classic color combination than black and gold? This minimalist flatware set is just the thing to dress up your dining table.
This pink-and-silver flatware set adds a touch of color to any tablescape—the perfect addition for baby showers or themed events.
Sleek and subdued, this jet-black flatware set is for the minimalist at heart.
Elegant and sophisticated, this white rendition will quickly become an everyday go-to.
Pair this regal flatware set with navy napkins and brass place settings for a considered touch.