Though it made the transition from frumpy camping gear to a fixture in European design shops and Anthropologie a few years ago, splatterware is arguably more trendy now than ever. Splatter enamelware combines the best features of two of this year’s most enduringly trendy materials: the durability and feel of brass with the random, unique patterns of marble. But unlike either brass or marble, splatterware — sometimes known as swirled or marbled enamelware — comes in a rainbow of bright, bold colors, making it the ideal affordable dining-room accent for any decorating scheme.
Splatter enamelware is also practical — good as everyday tableware, cookware, and general kitchen décor — not just a one-off accessory. It’s easy to clean like ceramic, but shatterproof like plastic, and since it’s produced by baking shards of porcelain onto steel at a superhigh temperature, enamelware is oven-safe, fire-safe, and dishwasher-safe (but not microwave-safe because of the metal, so don’t make that mistake).
We’ve recommended blue splattered-enamel tumblers and a red marbled-enamel bowl on the Strategist before, but those are the basics. If you’re ready to fill your home with the brightest cheap but expensive-looking gear out there that’ll last a lifetime, there’s a whole kitchen’s worth of different splattered-enamel tableware that are available on Amazon. Here are some of our favorites.
This unusual taupe swirl pattern was once widely available at Anthropologie.
Use this percolator-style coffee pot to make coffee on an open flame or on your kitchen stove.
This bright, whistling tea kettle can be used on any type of stove top.
This tumbler, with its purple splatters on black enamel, is an unusual colorway.
Great for serving water or wine at your next dinner party.
This lightweight speckled dinner plate would be appropriate on your kitchen table or at an outdoor picnic.
You can heat up and serve food on this enamel dish.
Large serving bowl
This could be used to serve salad or roasted vegetables, or really anything that might need a deep dish.
Butter dish and pitcher
For all the dairy in your fridge.
Drain pasta and rinse vegetables in a colander that looks as good as any porcelain serving dish.
You won’t mind looking at this turquoise marbled-enamel stockpot on your stove for hours.
You can bake with enamelware, too.
Roasting pan with lid
Enamel cookware actually provides more consistent heat, which is ideal when baking.
Splattered enamel looks great for serving baked goods, too.
These containers don’t have airtight seals, but they’ll add a vintage touch to any kitchen.
Okay for cleaning, probably better for decoration.
Salt and pepper shakers
If you just want a little accent of splatter enamelware on your dining-room table.
For a cheap but expensive-looking touch of marbled enamelware on your kitchen counter.
Complete dinnerware set for four
This is the option for when you’re ready to fully commit to the splattered-enamelware lifestyle.
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