4 Things to Consider When Buying Placemats

When it comes to setting the table, placemats are often an afterthought. Choosing the right mats, however, is not only essential to protecting your table from stains and scratches; it also adds ambiance to your kitchen or dining room. At Pottery Barn, you'll find a wide assortment of table mats made from natural materials like linen, cotton and wood. Here are a few tips for choosing the best placemats for your needs.

Material

Tablemats are available in a variety of materials, including cotton, linen and wood. Cotton is a classic choice that's as durable as it is aesthetically pleasing. This material is also a great choice for anyone looking for low-maintenance table mats; simply toss the soiled mats into the washing machine for hassle-free cleanup. Linen is another popular material that is easy to care for - a quick pass with an iron is all that's needed to keep them looking crisp and neat. If you prefer a contemporary aesthetic, consider wooden placemats.

Size

Size is another important consideration when choosing table mats. Mats that are too small in relation to the size of your table will make your place settings look sparse, while mats that are too large hide the natural beauty of your dinette set. As a general rule of thumb, you should leave enough space around your mats to fit glasses, flatware and serving platters.

Color

The right color table mats will bring a sense of harmony to your dining area. Choose colors that complement your table cloth and other interior accents like chair cushions, dining room curtains and wall art. Alternatively, choose contrasting colors to add visual interest to your place settings. Want to keep it simple? Classic white table mats are another option that will suit any type of decor.

Texture

Using textured table mats is an easy way to embellish your dining table and add a touch of softness to the room. Our collection of table mats includes quilted and faux fur options that are suitable for both everyday use and special occasions. Consider our Washed Cotton Quilted Placemat for a look that's casual yet elegant, or go with the Sherpa Placemat to give your table a cozy finish.

Whether you're looking for simple placemats for everyday use or are planning to host a formal dinner party, we've got you - and your table - covered. Shop our collection of wooden, cotton, linen and quilted placemats today.