You know placemats aren’t just about keeping your dining table clean? They add inevitably a very important decorative touch to your dining room, small living room or kitchen. Wherever you have enough space to have a table constantly set up you can add beautiful placemats and have instantaneously a great style.
Even if you belong to those people that never gotten in the habit of using placemats you might take a closer look at them. They pull a look together by dressing up your table and therefore your whole tiny home. And don’t forget about the practical reason that a placemat is easier to clean than a whole tablecloth or the table itself.
We have now a glass dining table – you know, glass furniture is perfect for tiny living – and we placed placemats on it with a very summery bright yellow feel. They create summer even in the middle of winter and they protect the glass top of the table. I have to clean it less. We chose yellow placemats because it fits the decor of the living room. You can of course make a bold statement with your placemat’s color and style and create a stunning eye catcher.
Both – placemats and tablecloths – are great in order to keep the table from being scratched by heavy ceramic dishes or whatever you place on it. The advantage of placemats versus table cloth though is obvious: if your table looks gorgeous or elegant in itself you want to see it by just putting placemats on it. A tablecloth on the other hand is perfect if you want to hide the top of your table. Most often people choose a tablecloth when it’s about creating a festive atmosphere: for Thanksgiving or Christmas. But let me tell you, even for those special moments you can create a great mood with theme-fitting or seasonal placemats.
All today’s placemats made of cotton or polyester are machine washable and the ones made of plastic are even dishwasher safe, although it’s not recommended to do so very often.
I remember the last time I was sitting at a table without anything on it. It was back in Switzerland when I was visiting a mountain farmer in the Swiss Alps – I even don’t know how you call them in English, in German you call them Senn. They just have a simple very heavy wooden table in the middle of their tiny Alp cottage and they serve fresh milk, cheese and bread on it. Did you ever read the Book Heidi? Well, as you read it there, that’s the way it is – to this day.
For everybody else not living in the Swiss Alps placemats are perfect. There is really no reason to not get a set of nice placemats. The brands offer a wide variety in style and color, you might check them out and hopefully find the perfect ones for you.
Salsa Stripe Hand Knotted Fringe Placemats
- Set of 4 placemats
- High quality 100% pure cotton
- Hand woven with hand knotted fringe
- Style: red multi salsa stripe
- Machine washable
- Size: 13“ x 19“
I really love these placemats. They are very sunny and colorful, and hold up well to wear (I’ve been using them for about a month).
They are gorgeous! Nice and thick, good size. Colors are very vibrant and pretty. Also, I think the pattern of the fabric will hide stains pretty well. Very good item!
These placemats are such a beautiful addition to our kitchen! The mats are very sturdy and provide a lovely backdrop for our collection of solid colored plates.
Autumn Leaves Tapestry Placemats
- Set of 4 placemats
- Features red, green, brown and gold leaves against a cream background
- Sturdy 60/40 cotton/poly blend
- Size: 13“ x 19“
- Absorbent for easy clean up
These are very beautiful. The color is amazing in the fall colors. With gold thread throughout. Giving them a sparkling look but not to much.
These placemats are absolutely gorgeous. Very well made and they washed and dried without any problems. No ironing needed.
The quality is great. They are a nice weight and sit perfectly on the table. I have paid more for placements that don’t even come close to these. I am extremely pleased with them.
Heritage Lace Woodland Placemat, Ecru
- Set of 2 placemats
- Table textile
- Size: 14“ x 20“
- Medium-gauge lace
- Machine wash cold, gentle
They have a clean, almost contemporary look and the distinct pinecone pattern blends well with rustic furnishings.
These placemats are perfect. They’re super easy to take care of and look wonderful on the table. The color is a creamy beige, which would be perfect on almost any dining table. I’m very pleased with these placemats.
Well-made sturdy material but delicate looking. Very pretty details. Looks especially nice on darker tablecloths so the pattern shows. Looks like lace spruce and pinecones.
* Prices are good at the time the article was written, but subject to change without notice.