Modern kitchen and dining accessories are great fun to shop for mainly because they don’t require a lot of money—and aren’t always necessities so much as simple pleasures that bring joy to daily life. Quality, glasses, modern barware, and kitchen tools, among other items, comprise the visual and tactile details that define our homes and lifestyles, and help bringing individuality to our daily lives.
Despite the fact that kitchen and dining accessories are smaller, typically lower-cost items, the same rules that you’d apply to larger, higher-priced modern design purchases apply here as well. While most of us find ourselves with a large collection of home accessories amassed over years, buying with discernment is still the best practice to keep from becoming a mindless consumer. Spending your budget thoughtfully is the key to a well-curated collection of lasting items—and are the best way to keep throwaway items of poor quality from ending up in our landfills.
Because we tend to buy dining and kitchen products spontaneously and frequently, we often end up buying things we don’t really need. It’s easy to want a particularly elegant pair of wine glasses, but if you already have a dozen or more wine glasses in your cabinet, you’re probably overbuying. If you don’t entertain very often, perhaps that third serving tray should be put back in favor of something equally attractive that makes more sense for your lifestyle.
On the other hand, if you cook and entertain often, perhaps it makes sense to invest in several sets of serving dishes or dinnerware in a variety of shapes and styles. Thinking carefully about how you live, instead of what everyone else has, will avert useless purchases and keep you focused on both the practical and esthetic purchases that directly impact your day-to-day life.
The good news about modern accessories, of course, is that you don’t need to break the bank to acquire them. Beautiful, high quality items are available everywhere at a relatively low price, so once you’ve taken stock of your cooking, dining, and entertaining habits, begin with investing in high quality basics: modern dinnerware, glasses, placemats and napkins, contemporary candlesticks.
Trendy and whimsical modern dining accessories may be tempting, but understated and thoughtfully crafted items have longevity and timelessness on its side. Stylish, elegant plates and bowls that look equally good in casual or formal dinner settings, for instance, are always a good investment. You may want to venture into more daring design waters, but do it only after you’ve acquired beautiful modern dining basics that will also stand the test of time.
We’ve all been privy to kitchen drawers stuffed full of gadgets and tools of every size, a majority of which rarely get used. Avoid the trap of buying task-specific gadgets that add little value in favor of fewer tools that can be applied to a variety of tasks. Again, thinking more deeply about what you actually will use is more valuable than splurging on the cool gadget that wears out its novelty quickly.