Flatware Buying Guide: Design
Design styles and shapes can be broken down by category as follows:
Modern: Characterized by little or no pattern, sleek outlines, heavy weight and profile
Traditional: Floral designs or ornate, fiddle-back or curved outlines, medium to heavy weight & profile
Decorative: Use of textures, colors, odd shapes or non-metallic handles for a fun “decorative” look.
Colonial: Refers to a certain shape, as shown here, that many of us grew up with: