Whether you use low-key modern placemats or fun, vibrant silicone placemats, they are a quick way to liven up your dinning room table.
The thought of tablemats might remind you of your mother's dining room table years ago. You probably envision a square woven, lace or linen mat. Today's placements have a modern vibe. You can use them to blend in with the natural tones of your décor or use them to brighten up the room and add a creative element to the table.
Modern Placemat Shapes and Textures
We aren't limited to square or rectangular placemats anymore. They come in a variety of shapes, including retro, heart, oval, circle and octagon, as well as abstract shapes. The same is true for their texture. You can find contemporary placemats made of metallic lace, faux wood, basket-weave, bamboo, lattice and silicone.
Contemporary Placemat Styles
You can find a modern style that fits your décor and your budget. Placemat styles vary from color blocks, themed and graphics to cute, artsy or vintage. Keep your dining room theme and colors in mind when choosing new placemats. Be careful not to make the room to “busy” with too many colors or patterns.
Versatility of Silicone Placemats
Silicone placemats can be a lot of fun. They are flexible, washable and eco-friendly. They come in pretty much any color you can think of to match or compliment your color scheme. They can be layered or alternated seat-by-seat to add more color and dimension to the table.
Functional Contemporary Placemats and Table Runners
The nice thing about placemats is they protect your table and make cleaning up a snap. Companies often sell matching table-runners to complete the look and protect the middle of your table from spills, as well as exposure to hot and cold foods. It's also a good idea to us a table-runner if you place a vase of fresh flowers on your dining table for the same reasons.
by Tracy Rose