Placemats Are More Than Just Crumb Catchers
When I feel the need to either brighten or freshen up the look in various rooms of my home, or a home that I am selling, I will go to any one of my favorite discount shopping stores and peruse the home goods isle. Although we usually associate placemats with well-appointed dining tables there are many other uses for these inexpensive splashes of color and style. I have used placemats in every room of a home, including the bathroom, as accent pieces to help enhance the look and feel of the room.
When selecting a placemat there are several things to take into consideration in order to select the placemat that best fits your needs or the intended use. Placemats come in a variety of materials, from your standard fabric mat that we have seen on kitchen tables forever, to the bamboo and leather placemats that give a more trendy feel when displayed on a dining room table or used for decorating accents. Placemats also come in a variety of water and weather proof materials that are perfect for outdoor use or use with a child. Vinyl, plastic, rubber, jute, bamboo and laminated placemats are all materials that work well outdoors. They are generally waterproof and can have enough weight to prevent gusts of wind from blowing them away.
Oval, round, square and rectangular are the most common shapes that we associate with the classic styling of placemats for table use. Every shape, pattern and color that you can image can be a placemat. From brightly colored Elmo placemats to placemats customized to look like your home, the sky is the limit for your selection.
The typical placement of mats on kitchen and dining tables is to help keep your table clean and provide protection from excessive heat but they also help complete the look of the any table. Placemats set the tone for the meal either being a casual family dinner or a formal affair. Beyond typical single place settings, placemats can be placed down the center of a table as a customized table runner. They can also be used as seat protectors, no matter where you choose to use a placemat, they will add a splash of color and cheer to any room.
In the bathroom they can be used as attractive covers for the back of the toilet and as decorative accent throws on sink tops. Placemats can easily be attached together and used as small curtain valances for tiny bathroom windows. As there is a large selection of inexpensive placemats available on the market, buying a large number of placemats for every occasion, to be used throughout the home to create a consistent decorating theme, is just another way to use these wonderful little splashes of color.
With such a broad assortment of placemats available in so many different styles, patterns, materials, shapes and colors their use is only limited by your imagination. Where ever you need a fresh splash of color or some added protection, a placemat could provide the solution.
To learn how to use placemats in a number of different ways in your decorating visit us today at Outdoor Placemats.
William Price is the owner of Outdoor Placemats where you can get up to date information, compare prices, shop multiple vendors and save money on both indoor and outdoor placemats.