Placemats are the surprising dining table trend that seems to be making a comeback. 10 years ago if you’d said the phrase tablescaping to us, you may have gotten a slightly glazed look. But fast forward a decade and the phrase is commonly used as a throwaway line and has over 40k hashtags on Instagram. Half the fun of having a dinner party is creating the atmosphere and laying the table is a big part of setting the scene.
From gorgeous glassware to the perfect floral arrangement, tablescaping is inspiring a new generation to get creative and dine-in in style. With this in mind, the tableware market has really expanded. From high street heroes like Anthropologie and Oliver Bonas with their fun and quirky dishes, to independent designers elevating our weeknight dinners, finding fabulous dinnerware has never been easier.
But one surprising comeback player in the tablescaping game is the humble placemat. A quick Google search suggests that people are pretty divided when it comes to placemat settings. From outdated to tacky, there is certainly a strong feeling that we may have fallen out of love with this particular piece of homeware, but looking at these beautiful and intricate designs, we think they might be making a comeback.
While chargers are a common affair at a wedding, for casual dining with friends or midweek meals for two, a placemat is still a great way of setting the scene for your meal and an easy way of adding colour and print to the table. We’ve rounded up some super stylish placemats that will convert in those most anti placemats and how this modest piece of homeware can now be something of a piece of table art to build your dinner set around and not just a late addition.
Emma’s design work is magnificent. The colours are well thought out and the designs superbly intricate. With medium placemats at £14 and large ones for £20, this is a great way to buy independent creative work that really will brighten up your dinner table.
Looking for some rainbow fever? We can always count on Matthew Williamson to brighten up an interior space.
This tattoo inspired piece is great for those that want something fun and quirky. The vibrancy in the print really caught our eye.
Love these spliced pieces from Seletti. If this style is the one for you, they also do complementary pieces in crockery!
Reach for the stars with this starry night print.
This Anthropologie piece has a fantastic artisan feel, the placemat looks like it could have been intricately and exclusively hand drawn just to enhance your table.
The love of lobsters continues to reign supreme amongst the fashion set and this cheeky, woven piece would make for a great central setting for serving dishes.
The lobster too wacky? Then opt for something that evokes heading back to nature. Woven from water hyacinth, this easy neutral piece is chic and simple and will go with everything.
Looking for something bright and fun for everyday? This ‘English Breakfast’ set is one of our favourites.
Featured image: Emma J Shipley
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