By Stacie peterson On February 8, 2021 In Home Decor
When you invite your friends to dinner, whether the occasion is special or not, apart from preparing delicious food, you should always make sure that your table is perfectly set. Gatherings with family and friends should be a good excuse to refresh your tabletop look, giving it a more modern and sophisticated look with the ideal table setting. The secret does not lie in taking out your finest silverware and crystal glasses, but in the way how you combine the texture, colours and accessories that can create a simple and stylish tablescape.
Spruce Up Your Dining Table With Stylish Placemats
What Is a Placemat?
A placemat is a covering or a pad that is placed under a place setting in order to protect the dining table underneath. It can help with inevitable spills and can make your table look new for as long as possible. Placemats protect table surfaces against food, heat or cold which is particularly important if you have delicate and expensive pieces of furniture. No matter if the table’s surface is made out of wood, stone, marble or lacquer, it surely needs protection.
Placemats are not only functional but they can add to your interior’s aesthetics too. Due to their versatility, these pieces can be used in other places than just your dining table. They can be used on any surface you might be eating your meal on, be it your kitchen counter, outdoor patio table or breakfast bar. Also, another advantage of using a placemat is that you can layer it under your laptop to protect your furniture.
Most placemats for table are washable or wipeable and come in a range of materials such as natural fibre, silicone, cloth, plastic, etc. They come in a wide array of patterns and hues, making it easy to change them seasonally to give your tablescape a specific decorative accent. If you want to be even more unique, you can look for hand-painted table placemats, finished with strong medium-density fibreboard (MDF) backing and a wipe-clean finish to protect your surfaces from the rigours of everyday life and to add a pop of colour.
You can find Placemats in a variety of shapes including rectangular, square, oval or circular so you can easily find placemats that that suit your table’s size and design. If your interior design leans more towards contemporary style, then square table placements are your best bet. If, on the other hand, you want to get something that will break the angular tablescape, you should go for round table placemats. Regardless of your choice, it is always advisable to pair your table placemats with the dinnerware, silverware, napkins and glassware to create a cohesive tablescape.
Create an Elegant Table with the Right Plates and Glasses
The key to creating an elegant table is not buying a dinner set that costs a small fortune but accessorizing your table settings the right way. If you are one of those people who love mixing and matching, go with a simple white dinner set and a few accessories so you can easily add sophisticated elegance to your table.
If you want to find out how many people your table can accommodate, you should allow around 80 cm per guest. If you want everyone to feel comfortable, never allow less than 60 cm. The next step is to align the edge of the plate with the edge of the table, especially is it’s rectangular or square, leaving 3 to 5 cm of space. Remember, the plate should never hang over the table’s edge.
Having more than one glass per setting can make your table look richer. So, try to put a wine glass and a water glass in each setting. As for the silverware, you can get more creative and tie it together with ribbon or twine, or place it in your napkin to add a special touch.
Add Glamour to Your Table with Unique Linens
There is a huge variety of stylish and affordable table linens on the market, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that can spruce up your tablescape. You should have a couple of linens in different colours, textures and patterns that can be used on various occasions. That way, you can be always ready to set your table the right way, no matter the situation. You should also keep some holiday-themed linens in your drawer to add some holiday fun to your table setting during the holidays.
Besides the main table cloth, you can also include linens in some other forms.
Table runners are the most contemporary way to dress a table. They don’t cover up the whole table, so if you want to show the beautiful wood or glass tabletop, you should definitely opt for a runner. They are versatile which means you can layer them over a tablecloth, place them sideways or arrange them with candles.
Napkins are an important part of your table design. They come in different materials and lots of bold colours and fun designs which makes it very easy to integrate them in the table setting. If you want to add a nice touch to your dining table, cloth napkins can be a perfect choice. However, if the idea of having to wash the napkins after the dinner is too much for you, opt for some banquet-style paper napkins in fun prints that can add freshness and colour to the table.