A silver bowl, whether brand new or a piece of inherited antique silverware, is a highly versatile piece of décor that’s suitable for most rooms in your home. Today, we’ll explore a few ideas how to decorate with silver bowls.


Possibly the most obvious use for a silver bowl in your kitchen is as a fruit bowl. Whether you’re mostly interested in using your fruit for decoration/as a cocktail garnish, or you’re an avid fruit-eater, a fruit bowl is basically an essential for any household. There is a huge range of styles available within silver, so don’t feel like you’re stuck in a rut with a massively ornate Victorian bowl in your hyper-modern kitchen. Although be aware that massively ornate Victorian bowls are of course always an option for those feeling particularly fancy.

A different way to go to incorporate silver bowls into your life is to use a porringer. These bowls were originally used for containing a variety of foods and drinks such as bread, vegetables and milk.

How to Decorate with Silver Bowls

Popular in the Victorian period, porringers can be found in a range of sizes, with some being designed for children. With silver being popular as a material for christening gifts, a silver porringer might be the perfectly adorable accent that your kitchen is missing. Smaller bowls can make for lovely accents, as well as serving the purpose of holding useful things like sugar and salt.

Silver Bowls

Living Room

For a lot of people, the living room is the focal point of the house. Making sure the living room ornaments are en pointe is essential for this crucial space. Silver bowls can still be utilised in the living room to great effect. If you’re not the sort of person to have a fruit bowl in the kitchen, you can always get some silver in the living room through a fruit bowl – you can even put sweets in it if you like, I won’t judge. But if you’re looking for more inspiration for something else to do with a silver bowl in the living room, however, there are other options.

There are bowls called rose bowls that are always a stunning choice for décor. A rose bowl is a stunning silver piece that has a grated top that can be removed if you wish. Roses are placed in each of the grated sections, creating the end result of a complete surface of roses.

Rose bowls are quite formal, so if you’re planning something that’s pretty high class, perhaps a rose bowl is the way to go for you. If not a rose bowl, maybe decorative bowls of a certain style like Chinese Export silver bowls or Indian silver bowls could be used to add some worldly beauty to your living space.


Don’t worry, I’m not about to recommend putting a fruit bowl in your bedroom, but there are still a lot of ways to use a bowl in a bedroom as a bedroom ornament, which we’ll go into now. Small silver bowls can be used as a form of trinket dish, placing jewellery, keys, and anything else you might want in them. Equally, the rose bowl, or a smaller alternative would look stunning in any bedroom, adding a touch of instant elevation to the style of the room.

Presentation bowls would also look fantastic in your bedroom, being a type of trophy bowl that looks fabulous whether you put your jewellery in it, your gloves, or even just leave it empty. Presentation bowls are the type of silverware piece that is décor in and of itself, with no further accoutrements needed to have a gorgeous impact on a room.

Silver Pieces for Decoration

Sugar bowls and other small bowls can be used to add heaps of atmosphere to your bedroom. Fill the bowl part-way with water, and place floating candles inside and voila, you instantly have a spa-level zen and comfort in your own home.

These are just a few ideas of how to decorate with silver bowls all around your house. Which room do you think works best with a silver bowl?

Written by

Bethany Massey

Having graduated university with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing Bethany then joined the AC Silver team as a content creator. Bethany spends her days writing content for the AC Silver blog and other luxury goods/antique publications.