The right age for matching crockery & cutlery?

I always thought that at some magical point in my life I’d be living in a gorgeous house,ย filled up with beautiful and super-stylish homewares … perhaps an ideal best described as having everything ‘just so’. In such a world, everything would have a place and a purpose … and more importantly, everything would match.

I’ve grown up a bit since first having those thoughts, but something that I’m still yet to find the answer to is, ‘At what age should I buy matching crockery and cutlery?’ … because to be honest I’m still living in a mismatched world, and I LOVE it!

Now when I think about it I just can’t imagine investing what can be a significant amount of money into the purchase of a complete set of matching plates, bowls, cups and saucers …

I like filling the house with odd pieces full of individuality and a sense of fun. It’s even better finding secondhand goodies which fill the house with their own unique history. All of that sounds much more special to me than getting all concerned about getting everything looking just the same as everything else … don’t you think?


  1. Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    I completely agree with you! I think it is far more interesting to have an eclectic mix, than everything being matchy-matchy. I have a friend who has collected pieces of antique flatware through the years. Nothing matches. Just random, but beautiful pieces. I love it!
    XO Piper

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Piper – I’m so very glad to hear you agree with my love of a mis-matched world.
      You’ve described this idea perfectly as ‘eclectic’ – surely that is enough of a theme to have in the home rather than have a theme of ‘sameness’. After all life’s too short to worry about such things.

      I love that your friend has collected antique flatware so that nothing matches … that’s something that I really need to do more of rather than buy things in ‘sets’ … it’s so much more fun to shop for too (an added bonus).

      Take care and have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rhianne

    I have wondered when to get matchig things as well but I love our mismatched plates – most of them are from Thomas’s parents so each one has a bit of history to them which I love!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rhianne – YAY for a shared love of mismatched things!! … After all life is a rather imperfect thing and that makes everything all the more wonderful!!
      How lovely that you have a sense of history about the pieces that are in your collection … a set made up of unique items is definitely better than everything bought brand new and sharing a common identity! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rellacafa

    Matching crockery? NEVER! How would I know which mug to drink out of so that I didn’t just dirty them all over the course of the day? ;P I love your nostalgia for things with history, I feel exactly the same way. History is pretty…well, not, like, the history of mankind with all that conquering and plague, but artistic history is gorgeous!! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rellacafa (Caf) – I’m so glad to hear that you’re anti ‘matching crockery’ too!! The point you make about being able to tell your mugs apart is a very, very good one – and a logic that I definitely apply at home too.

      I think all things that have a unique set of experiences or history (whether that be people, places, or things) are precious indeed and it’s important to keep that history alive by giving them ‘new life’ … There’s something wonderful about knowing that the cup or plate used (for instance) had its own little life before ‘you’! ๐Ÿ™‚
      … but yes, I’m with you – let’s focus more on the pretty artistic and cultural histories, rather than dwell on those negatives like death, war and domination! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Take care… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Andrew


    I love unmatched items and it is truly sad to say goodbye to an item. Too many people when moving out of their parents want to buy brand new and matching sets. Too many wedding wish lists littered with all shiney new crockery & cutlery. Too many people wanting to impress. Where is the personal factor?

    I say nonsense to new or matching and keep using the items that bring back memories. Individual items from family or items brought for they are unique and different.

    You mention “individuality” and “fun”. Excellent!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hiya Andrew – I agree that there is way more personality and more ‘specialness’ in a mis-matched set of household crockery, as opposed to what can be found in the cold practicality and matched nature of a ‘proper’ set. I don’t think Lee and I have ever been organised enough, or bothered enough to get too concerned about everything just ‘perfect’. In fact, perhaps if you saw our house you’d think perhaps the complete opposite was true! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m such a sentimentalist when it comes to pretty much everything, and that most certainly extends to all the bits and pieces I pick up for the house along the way.
      Let’s leave all the matchy-matchy stuff for everyone else Andrew, we can enjoy all the fun stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

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