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You Can Never Have Enough Placemats

How many placemats do you own? The answer is probably ""not enough."" These unsung heroes of the dinner table are wonderful for everything from keeping high-end tablecloths clean (which, in turn, keep tables protected from dents and scratches) to adding fun splashes of color to your decorating story. You need stacks of these mats and, if you don't have enough, now is the time to fix that.

Placemats Make Everyday Dinners Feel Special

Keeping weeknight dinners feeling special is an everyday opportunity. Make the most of your time together as a family with a placemat for each seat.

  • Rotate out placemats to match your cuisine. Color and texture become a fun way to create a theme from a simple weeknight meal.
  • Let kids select which of your everyday placemats to use each night. They can select flatware and put out plates, dishes and water glasses, too.
  • Even the odd night of take-out can become a special chance to relax, kick back and unwind when you serve the meal on a carefully set table.

Different Occasions Require Different Materials

When deciding which placemat to use for which occasion, consider the other elements of the meal.

  • For a fancy dinner at home with guests, rely on a substantial jacquard or a shimmering gold fabric.
  • Use placecard holders when it's a big group and place them on the edge of each mat.
  • At-home dinners for a birthday, promotion or other achievement feel celebratory with textures like a basketweave or bamboo.
  • When you're hosting a slumber party for your kids' friends, wipe-clean mats or ones with cork or other textured backs that won't slip are your best bet.

Play with Shape and Texture

Discover the fun of uniquely designed mats. Depending on the color scheme or other decor you have in your kitchen or dining room, a creative placemat could be an everyday mat for you.

  • Choose oval mats for an outlier style that still blends well with the rest of the table.
  • Hardmats bring weight and substance to the table for a casual, yet polished style.
  • Look for nature-inspired silhouettes. Leaf shapes add directional, earthy glamour to the table.
  • Straw, hemp and other natural fibers let smooth ceramic or stoneware plates show off their texture and color, too.

Build your collection to match all the ways you use your dining table. That way, every meal gets its own look and feel to match its delectable taste.

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