Salt + Pepper Shakers

If you have ever watched one of the cooking reality TV shows, you know that one of the paths to victory for winning contestants is ensuring that their food is properly seasoned, especially with salt and ground black pepper. Salt and pepper help turn your food even tastier and bring out nuances in certain dishes in a way that even transcends other spices and seasonings. Make sure that you have salt and pepper at the ready in your kitchen and on your dining table by selecting from the stylish and charming salt and pepper shakers that we have at west elm.

Add a touch of unique style to your dining table, such as classic white dinnerware, by selecting salt and pepper shakers that are conversation starters. You can choose salt and pepper shakers that look like animals, such as cats or birds, or choose ones that resemble things found in nature like cacti and pinecones. If you’re a traditionalist, opt for stainless-steel salt and pepper grinders. These allow you to show off your culinary knowledge by loading them with sea salt and multicolor peppercorns and deliver special flavors to your dishes.

Obviously, salt and pepper shakers are only the beginning when it comes to creating the ideal dining atmosphere. Consider adding a tablecloth or runner and place mats, which not only protect your table but also help set the decorative tone for a holiday meal or everyday supper. Your options for tablecloths include those made from Belgian flax or ones that have frayed edges. If you prefer the look of table runners, look for ones in many different colors, patterns and textures, including those that have metal lacing, crossweaving or center striping. Place mats serve a dual purpose. In addition to showing your guests or family members where to sit, these thick mats help absorb any heat that may be coming off your plates, which helps to protect the finish of your dining table. Other nice touches you can use when setting your table include chargers and place card holders.

Matching dinnerware always looks nice and we make it easy to find the materials, colors and styles that are ideal for your needs with our dinnerware sets. These sets are available in sets of four and contain either 16 or 20 pieces. The sets that have 16 pieces come with matching mugs, bowls, salad plates and dinner plates. The 20-piece sets also include four pasta bowls as part of the collection. Other matching pieces that you can add separately include items like canapé plates, cereal bowls, dip bowls, rice bowls and low bowls. Choose from a variety of textures and colors from dishes made of either stoneware or glazed porcelain. All of these dishes are dishwasher-safe while only the dishes that feature metallic detailing cannot be used in a microwave oven.

The final pieces of your dining table puzzle are flatware and glassware. For your flatware, consider sets that create a cohesive look to your lunch or dinner place settings. Each flatware setting consists of five pieces: teaspoon, tablespoon, dinner knife, salad fork and dinner fork. You can buy each setting individually or in sets for four to 12 people. Stainless-steel is the main metal of choice here, although some settings have electroplating like 24-karat gold and rose gold or matte finishing. Stainless-steel is ideal because it is scratch-resistant and dishwasher-safe.

For glassware, your choices are more varied. These variations include a number of stemmed or stemless wine glasses, along with glassware that has unusual textures and shapes. Keep drinks hot or cold longer by choosing glasses that have a double wall construction. You can also choose barware sets that come with different styles of glasses like rocks, martini, highball and old fashioned. Buy several sets at once and you can stock your bar at the same time as your glassware for your dining table.

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