15 Best Placemats for Every Occasion

Evelyn Long

Feb 12, 2023


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Placemats add color and texture to your tablescape. However, they also serve a more practical purpose – protecting your tabletop from plate and silverware scratches. This decor item comes in all shapes, colors and materials and is a fun way to make meals feel special throughout the year. 

To choose the ideal placemats for your dining space, think about your color scheme and surrounding design elements. Should your placemats blend into this space or add something special? You can also invest in several sets to switch out seasonally or for holidays. 

Whether you’re looking for a calm neutral, a sunny plaid or a natural bamboo, this list’s got you covered. Many of these products can also be staged for casual home use or a formal event. Here are 15 placemats perfect for every occasion. 

1. Artesia Natural Round Placemat

This 100% rattan placemat is handwoven and will bring a fresh, minimalist look to your dining space. It comes in five different colors, ranging from golden straw to ruddy brown to a deep pitch. It also comes in gray for blue-toned homes. You can dress this placemat up with linen napkins for an event or pair it with clear glass for a relaxed, beachy vibe. 

$14.95 from Crate&Barrel

2. Jolie Wave Placemat

Made of raffia, this placemat puts a playful twist on neutral. Its rectangular shape is disrupted by wavy edges bound in three different colors: white, blue and black. Pair with natural pottery and unique dishes for a laid-back, youthful look on your table. Alternatively, they can add a pop of color to an otherwise minimalist dining space. 

$20.00 from Urban Outfitters

3. Spring Meadow Bunny Reversible Placemat

These adorable floral placemats are perfect for spring. Choose the side with butterflies for a sweet floral feel, or flip to enjoy a cute bunny moseying through flowers and dragonflies. They consist of BPA-free plastic and are easy to clean. They’re inexpensive and perfect if you’re looking for a set of fun seasonal placemats to enjoy this spring. 

$2.97 from Altmeyer’s Bed Bath Home

4. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral Placemat

If you want to bring some color into your dining space, consider these colorful braided mats from the Pioneer Woman’s collection. The fabric is a fun combination of turquoise, coral and yellow that’s sure to brighten your space and bring a handmade, country chic feel to your meals. These are machine washable and the colors can be enjoyed year-round. 

$3.64 from Walmart

5. Homespun Harvest Placemat Set

Thanksgiving calls for orange decor, reminiscent of the changing leaves and pumpkin pie. This four-piece placemat set is a gorgeous rust orange that will warm up your table during the fall season. Made with 100% cotton, these placemats are machine washable and have a thick weave reminiscent of homespun handiwork. 

$14.00 from Bealls

6. Better Homes and Gardens Woven Table Placemat

Although these placemats are inexpensive, they’re designed with intricate detailing that will elevate every meal. A mixture of gray and ivory, they convey both elegance and whimsy. The fringe around the edges adds a bit of fun to this four-piece set. These placemats are perfect for a fancy dinner at home, a bridal shower or a casual wedding. 

$10.42 from Walmart

7. Sage 100% French Flax Linen Placemats

For a formal place setting, consider these 100% linen placemats. Although it often needs to be ironed, linen brings a sense of natural freshness and elegance to an event. They come in 11 different colors and ship in sets of four. Ranging from bright turmeric yellow to pale lavender, these placemats can serve as an accent or blend into any tablescape. 

$60.00 from Bed Threads

8. Origin Plaid Table Linens

Nothing says summer picnic like red plaid. These bright placemats are made of 100% cotton and come in sets of two. Pack these to brighten up an outdoor table or bring your picnic inside for a Fourth of July celebration. With different dishes and decor, you could easily use these red placemats to decorate at Christmas as well.

$14.99 from West Elm

9. Bamboo Reed Placemats

Bamboo placemats roll up for easy storage and bring nature into your home. They’re also made from a sustainable resource that quickly replenishes itself without any major impact on the environment. You can layer them with fabric for a warmer look or place them directly on your table to add texture. These placemats come in a set of four. 

$15.96 from World Market

10. Yellow Mustard Vintage Floral Placemat

If you love vintage plant prints, these placemats are perfect for your dining space. Their warmth will bring cheer and color to your table without stealing the show. These placemats come in a set of two and are made from 100% cotton. Even better, they’re designed by artists who are incorporating their designs into items used for everyday life. 

$29.75 from society6

11. C&F Home Bee Happy in Blue Embroidered Placemat

These adorable placemats are perfect for spring and summer. Made with blue checked fabric, they come embroidered with a cheery beehive and bright summer blooms. These placemats come as a set of six, averaging out to $15.40 a setting. As casual home decor, they’ll be sure to bring a smile to your face every morning. 

$92.39 from Target

12. Vine Embroidered Cutwork Placemats

For an elegant table setting, consider this set of four embroidered cutwork placemats. These placemats mimic lace along the edge and will instantly add formality to your dining space. Their neutral color will complement a variety of table settings and decor, ranging from solid country tableware to crystal and fine china. These are perfect for special occasions. 

$87.99 from Macy’s 

13. Warm Yellow Check Placemat

These sunny striped placemats are sure to bring cheer and energy to your dining space. They work beautifully with beachy or country decor and pair well with natural wood and minimalist white dishes. Although their color is best suited to summer, you can keep them out year-round to lift your spirits and remind yourself of the sun. With the right place settings, these would also work well for a casual outdoor wedding. 

$5.00 from Target

14. Visland Round Placemats with Tassels

These cute round placemats will bring a boho vibe to any event. They come in nine different styles, covering a range of colors, patterns and textures. The fringe around these mats takes them to the next level of fun and luxury. Use these placemats for a casual special occasion like an outdoor wedding or use them to spice up your decor for a fun dinner at home. 

$8.99 from Walmart

15. Golden Leather Luxury Placemats

These shimmering faux leather placemats will add both texture and shine to your dining table. These placemats add luxury to the simplest meal and are perfect for a special occasion. They pair well with jewel-toned linens and work best as a background for patterned pieces like napkins and vases. Use minimal dishes for the most striking effect. 

$56 from Pernia’s Pop-up Shop

Design Your Dining Experience

Placemats are a fun way to incorporate unique colors and textures into your dining room. This decor item is a great way to change your home’s interior with the seasons. In combination with table decor and place settings, placemats offer a luxurious finishing touch to formal events. Using fun placemats for casual dinners can also make eating at home feel special.

Use this list as a starting point to find the perfect placemat for your needs. Whether you’re throwing a seasonal party or just looking for a way to brighten up your dining room, placemats are an inexpensive way you can add character and personality to your dining space. 

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