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Image / Living / Interiors

Chic tableware under €20 for everyone eyeing up open-shelving in their kitchen


by Megan Burns
14th May 2021

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There’s no question that open shelving is creeping into all the most desirable kitchens. If you’re tempted by the look but are concerned about how display-worthy your tableware is, here are some options that won’t break the bank.

Scrolling through my saved Instagram posts reveals a variation on the same theme. Apart from the odd inviting bedroom shot or a recipe I’ll never make are rows and rows of dreamy kitchens.

They’re not just any kitchens either. As well as sharing a moody colour palette, almost every single one features open shelving, displaying gorgeous arrangements of chic tableware.

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Never mind that I do not own my home (see: housing crisis) and am in no position to rip out my overhead units and install open shelving, my constant concern about this design is that my jumble of inherited plates and gifted mugs would not exactly create the look I’m after. 

However, you can pick up display-worthy pieces for less than you’d think, so whether you want a whole new set, or just a few additions to your collection, here are some options under €20.

Plates

tableware under €20
Pion porcelain plate, €9.50, Industry & Co

I’m not of the belief that all your plates need to be matching, and having different styles actually makes both your open shelves and dinner table more interesting. For a cohesive look, however, it’s a good idea to pick a colour palette and stick to it.

Bowls

tableware under €20
Soft Ice Cereal Bowl, €15, Indigo & Cloth

From wide, flat designs for salads and pasta to deep ones for soup and small ones for dips, I’m a firm believer in having an extensive range of bowls.

 

Mugs

tableware under €20
Ceramic cup, €5.99, H&M

I am incredibly picky about mugs, and use a favourite few over and over, leaving the others languishing at the back of the cupboard. If I do ever get open shelving, it’ll only be the best that make it to the shelf.

Jugs

From milk for tea, to serving iced water or a pitcher for pour-over coffee, jugs are another everyday item that can get plenty of use, so it’s worth seeking out a design you love.

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