Modern Placemats

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Whether you are setting the table for an evening at home, an upscale dinner soiree or simply looking to add decor to accent your dining table when not in use, we make it simple to create a welcoming spot in your home with a few easy adjustments to express your overall aesthetic and tie everything together in a well-balanced space.

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Create a welcoming and effortlessly functional dining room that is equal parts chic and casual with top selections in a variety of styles for any space you call home.

Why Choose Modern Placemats?

Unlike the vinyl or plastic fruit or floral-adorned sheets that used to hide under modern dinner plates, modern placemats are now much trendier, while still being very useful for protecting your table from spills and scratches. Simple and effective, you can set a table for one or one-hundred and simply put the placemats away without having to change an entire table cloth. Practicality aside, modern placemats are much like napkins and tablecloths in that they add warmth and texture to your dining space and can easily be mixed and matched to meet your needs. Available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and materials, modern placemats are a simple and economic way to add a decorative touch to your tablescape. 

Choosing Which Modern Placemats Is Right For You

Because modern placemats come in a range of colors, materials, shapes, and patterns, choosing the right one for your dining room or kitchen countertop depends on a few key factors. For everyday, simple dining, having a neutral placemat in an easy-to-clean material keeps things simple and effortless. For a more upscale meal, going for more textured, patterned, or bold designs can help create visual intrigue on your dining table and elevate your meal. The average size of a placemat is 12x18 inches and while rectangular ones are the most common, oval or circular placemats can be just as effective. For holiday meals, metallic designs can be particularly festive, while bold colors can match to the season –think orange, yellow and pink for spring and summer and navy, forest green, and ruby red for winter. Vinyl and plastic are easiest to clean and perfect for spaces both indoors and out, while fabric options are soft, versatile and easy to clean in the wash. 

What Else to Think About When Buying a Modern Placemats

Easy to match to your decor, modern placemats can always be swapped out depending on the type of meal you are having or the season you are currently in. It's typically good to contrast with the color of plate you will be serving on and if you’re serving a simple meal or simple food, up the pattern or color of the placemat to let it shine, but dial things back when you want the food to have all of the attention. 

Modern Placemats FAQs

  • How to Clean Placemats?

The best method for cleaning your modern placemats depends on the material of the design you’ve chosen. Most should come with a tag that details out cleaning instructions, but for many fabric options, they are machine washable for easy cleaning. For woven, synthetic placemats, simply wipe with a damp cloth and a few drops of dish soap to remove any dirt or food residue. Rinse with water once you are done and allow to air dry to be fresh and ready for the next use. 

  • How to Set a Table With a Runner and Placemats?

When setting up a dining room table, placemats can be used with table runners in the exact same fabric/material or in colors, textures, and patterns that are complementary to each other. Adding in a tablecloth is unnecessary, but depends on how formal the occasion is. Having a more decorative table runner can act as a centerpiece for your dining table, topped with candle holders or vases of flowers, while simple placemats in a complementary color balance out your design and designate a place for each guest to sit.

  • Are Placemats Out of Style?

While some dining rooms may favor a more minimalist, casual table setting, placemats continue to be a welcomed addition to dining rooms, kitchen counters, and outdoor tables – both casual and upscale, thanks to their ability to add a pop of color and pattern while protecting your table from scratches and spills.