Placemats are important in the home because they keep away messes and can look great on your table. Many people shop for a placemat because they are can’t stand spills or just drinks being left on the table. Anytime you go to someone’s house you are for sure going to find a placemat but they don’t always have to be boring. So many brands sell really cute placemats if you just want to buy them for the decor.
When it comes to our homes we have to keep it cute, even with the most simple products. Below we outline the pros and cons of using a placemat, and how to buy the best one.
Placemat Will Change Up The Room
One pro of having a placemat, not to confuse with a tablecloth, is that they add something to the room. Remember a table cloth covers the whole table, whereas a placemat is just for a couple of spots on the table. Whether you use them on outdoor tables or the ones in your house, they can look super stylish. There are so many different styles and you can find one that fits your home idea, whether it’s the modern or bohemian style.
Small details like these can change up the room, and people will notice when they come by.
A Formal Kitchen Table
Another reason a placemat is a good idea is that it will give your kitchen a formal look. Dining tables as we’ve noticed make a huge difference in the room, especially if you get a really big table. The way you decorate the dining room will make or break the room and it’s important to keep small decor in mind. Placemats are a good way of doing this because you can set your favorite plates on top.
Also, you can buy some that match the dining room decor and chairs. The table can also have cute placemats for when you have guests coming over and you want them to feel special. A good placemat to try is the above plaid placemat, which gives the room a fun feel and is perfect for people who have colorful and fun decor.
Placemats Can Easily Get Ruined
One con you have to consider with placemats is that they can easily get dirty. If you have kids or just have a lot of people over, it’s possible your placemat will get dirty. Sometimes we can’t help if wine or sauce gets on it, that’s a part of the dining experience! But you don’t want to be constantly replacing them or buying new ones, so make sure you keep this in mind.
Ways to prevent this are by only bringing them out when guests are there or using a different placemat for your kids. One placemat you should try is the above Paul Smith one which is perfect for people who like artistic home decor.
Beware of Overpriced Placemats
One other issue with placemats is they can be overpriced at times. Some brands will try to charge you way too much for something so small that you can find it at a cheaper price. It doesn’t matter how fancy the placemat looks, try to make sure you don’t go above your price point for it! We get overwhelmed and want to impress our guests but you can also do that without breaking the bank.
A couple of stores that sell affordable placemats are Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, H&M home, and more. The average price you’ll find in these stores is usually around $10 or more depending on the style and if it’s in a set.
Shopping for a Placemat
Aside from the pros and cons of placemats, it’s time to think about shopping for them. If you never bought one before or know much about them, well then we are here to help you out. Buying them can be overwhelming since there are so many styles and types, focus on ones that fit your personal taste. Take a look at your decor and your theme and focus on buying ones that will help make that style stand out.
Also, they come in different shapes and sizes, so you should consider what kind of shape you think will fit your aesthetic more. If you have kids or live alone try to get ones in fun shapes and designs, so it doesn’t look too simple. The last placemat that would be perfect is the above-pressed petal placemat, it’s very elegant and would look great on a glass dining table with cream or gold chairs.