These Modern Dining Essentials Will Elevate Your Table Season After Season

A modern dining table featuring gold flatware, white dinnerware, and wine glasses

Decorate your table with timeless modern dining essentials you can display all year long. From shiny gold flatware to a walnut wood lazy Susan, we've rounded up everything you need to set a beautiful tablescape for almost any occasion.

A set of two striped placemats from West Elm photo

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Striped Placemats

Available in seven different shades and patterns, these placemats add a touch of sophistication to any table—plus, they'll help keep your dining table in pristine condition by adding a protective layer. The set of two is made from 100 percent cotton that's machine washable and complements most dinnerware collections, especially the matte black set featured below. Go ahead and grab more than one pair while they're on sale to complete your set!

To buy: From $10 (was from $16); westelm.com

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16-Piece matte black dinnerware set from Crate & Barrel photo

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Matte Black Dinnerware

Matte black might seem a little intimidating at first, but when you pair this dinnerware set with the right accessories (like gold flatware and lush greenery), it can give your dining table a unique and utterly elegant look. The 16-piece set includes four bowls, mugs, salad plates, and dinner plates that are a part of Crate and Barrel's best-selling Marin stoneware collection. And unlike most other dinnerware collections, this universal set is dishwasher-, freezer-, microwave-, and oven-safe up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

To buy: $94 (was $117); crateandbarrel.com

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Five-piece gold flatware set from Target photo

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Gold Flatware

Sure, you could include traditional silverware in your place settings, but if you're going for something more modern, we suggest adding this stunning gold flatware to your virtual cart. The five-piece set includes a dinner fork, salad fork, dinner knife, teaspoon, and dinner spoon with a mirrored finish for extra shine. Pair them with the matte black dinnerware set and striped placemats mentioned above to complete your contemporary dinner table.

To buy: $20; target.com

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A set of four Schott Zwiesel Modo glassware from West Elm photo

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Modern Wine Glasses

Did you know the size and shape of your glass can affect how your wine tastes? Lucky for you, this Schott Zwiesel set from West Elm comes with four different sized glasses that are great for almost any type of vino whether it's red, white, or sparkling. Each glass is created to resist breakage, chipping, scratching, and staining so you can use them as often as you like without worry. If you're purchasing this glassware set to replace an older set, don't throw it out. Instead, repurpose them into candle holders to create a stunning (and unique) centerpiece.

To buy: $36 (was $48); westelm.com

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White and black table runner with tassel details from Wayfair photo

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Tassel Table Runner

A tablescape isn't complete without a table runner, and we've found one that's both budget-friendly and versatile. Deck out this neutral tassel table runner with colorful accents like floral centerpieces, printed melamine plates, and the gold flatware featured above. The neutral tones make it easy to mix and match decor for each gathering, whether your setting a table for the holidays, a summer outdoor lunch, or a themed dinner party.

To buy: $21 (was $26); wayfair.com

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Walnut Lazy Susan from Food52 photo

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Walnut Wood Lazy Susan

Perfect for easily sharing spices, condiments, utensils and more a lazy Susan is essential to any dining room. We suggest adding a marble napkin holder and small strands of greenery, or placing a set of staggered vases on top filled with faux leaf bundles for a decorative touch. And don't worry, thanks to the padded base it won't scuff or scratch your tabletop.

To buy: From $80; food52.com

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