The power of placemat sets should not be overestimated. This unassuming piece of table decor is often overshadowed by its shinier compliments, such as the silverware and the smart (possibly antique) crockery. Yet the use of placemats means they not only complement and give dining an overall coordinated look, but they an also reflect and enhance a host’s overall theme - just think of richly coloured pieces set against a crisp white cloth. They are practical, too for they protect the table from food spills and stains.
Placemats don’t just smarten up dining, however, they’re the smart choice for everyday use; wipe-clean practical solutions to messy meals or fun diversions for young bored diners waiting to be fed. And whether classy and smart or simply and plastic, it is a far quicker and easier task to clean these than an entire cloth or mucky table.