The thought of gold plated cutlery might be enough to make some people weep! Not us though - let’s explore a little more on this luxury colour and see what the deal is.
Just so we’re clear, we’re talking specifically about gold plated stainless steel cutlery here, not the actual 24 carat kind!
Gold plated cutlery: matte vs. mirror polish
The first thing to consider is the cutlery finish. Mirror polishes in gold (and other colourful) cutlery tend to wear a little better in the long run if they’re being used daily.
This is because of the extra layer of gloss finish that goes over the top to give the shine. It can also help to keep the colour below in top shape.
Mirror polish finishes will generally be dishwasher safe. Though this can vary so always check the Brand/Retailer details.
Our main question would be that the mirror polish can – not always – but can, give the impression of looking a little plastic. And consequently, cheaper.
It’s definitely not a no-go and will be much down to personal taste. But you should carefully consider the style of the cutlery before deciding on the mirror finish (see the style section below).
On the other hand, there’s something about a gold plated matte finish that drives this colour up in the class stakes. Without the additional shiny sheen, all of a sudden it can spring from potentially questionable to “I need that on my table”!
Matte colourful cutlery is generally best to handwash, but some can be put through the dishwasher (again, always check the brand/Retailer details before purchasing).
Choosing the style of your gold plated cutlery
The other main thing that will determine whether gold plated cutlery is right for you is the actual look of it.
In the UK, we tend to favour rounded handles. But straight-lined, more contemporary looking styles are growing in popularity.
Golden colours can work in either cutlery style. But the sleeker, contemporary cutlery styles can also offset the richness of the golden colour. And help rein it back into chic territory.
If you like a rounder handle, opt for an overall slimmer design. This will help maintain balance between classy and gaudy.
Pay attention to the golden tone
Like all colours, there are many variances of golden colours when it comes to gold plated cutlery.
Some tones, like our Mayhew matte gold cutlery have a rich, luxury aesthetic with a strong dose of yellow. This colour works well when you need to make a statement. And is best combined with golden complementary colours like purple or blue. Or equally stunning with monochrome neutrals in black and white.
Our Buckingham gold cutlery is a slightly paler gold colour. Combined with the elegant style, this golden cutlery will suit a range of versatile table styles and colours. It is particularly suited to weddings and other events where you need to dress up your table. But you don’t want to go too overboard with the bling!
The golden colour tone of the cutlery that's right for you will largely depend on your personal style. And the purpose you need it for.
Giving golden plated gifts for weddings, anniversaries and engagements
Undoubtedly, gold cutlery is becoming increasingly popular as a wedding table feature. And it can look very tasteful assuming the rest of the setup is reasonably neutral (each to their own, this is just our opinion!). Get in touch with us to discuss Rose Metallics gold cutlery hire for weddings and events.
Even if you’re not getting married, or aren’t keen on a gold setup, gold cutlery can make the perfect wedding or anniversary gift. Or any gift really when you’re specifcally shopping for something a little unique!
Ultimately, whether gold plated cutlery is for you will clearly be down to your individual homeware style. We think there are definitely examples of cutlery sets that are, or are verging on, the side of tacky.
We also think this colour in the right style and finish can add an element of refinement to your dinner table – and it will definitely make a great talking point if you’re having people round for dinner!