Sick of all the same old Ikea plates and forks and knives you’ve been using forever? Make things new again with some colorful designer placemats. Here are eight options, from tropical coconut bamboo to cozy Scandinavian felt, recommended by some of the best interior designers in New York City.
“I love the handsome rustic look of these placemats. It can be the perfect backdrop for simple Japanese stoneware or it can tone down and highlight formal French faience dinner plates. Mixing both on top works well also!” —Matthew Smyth, interior designer
“I don’t use placemats much, but Lisa Perry has super-fun vinyl ones for the kitchen. And for more formal table settings, I like the Sferra linen placemats because they are affordable and come in tons of colors. You can get a sample kit of all their colors for $40, which then allows you to mix and match them.” —Delphine Krakoff, interior designer, Pamplemousse Design
“My favorite placements are sold at the Line by a group named Tenfold. I love their products because they are crafted incredibly while also being subtle and sophisticated. They are so chic in their simplicity.” —Meg Sharpe, interior designer
“My favorite placemats are these thick felt ones I found at Illum in Copenhagen, but I later found out they’re also available here. I love felt, and I’m especially obsessed with a thick felt. It lasts forever and holds its shape. Any stains are super easy to wash off, you just put it under hot water and it’s a natural material at the same time. It’s so cozy and tactile and it looks very precious, but it’s so durable you can spill wine on it. It’s so thick and dense that liquids don’t even absorb in it.” —Philip Gorrivan, interior designer, architect, product designer
“My new favorite placemat is Deborah Rhodes’s Montauk placemat because it’s playful, durable, and super chic and comes in a variety of great colors. I think the best way to use them is combining all the colors on one tabletop. It can also look good in a variety of settings, in a city and country house — also reminds me of beautiful summer lunches on the Mediterranean.” —Sara Bengur, interior designer
My favorite placemat is from Crate and Barrel and each season they come out with several new colors. I own this mat in about ten colors. Red for Christmas, orange for fall, natural for summer, turquoise for fun, the list goes on. You can dress it up, dress it down, use it in your dining room or by the pool. The colors are always very saturated, so they add a pop of color and wonderful texture to any table decor. They clean up great and best of all, they are not expensive! I buy 11 of each color, so I can set my table for ten and have one extra in case a disaster occurs and one gets damaged.” —Scott Sanders, interior designer
“A recent find is Injiri, which has spectacular Indian textiles and placemats. The organic fabrics are handwoven with unique patterns and designs. The placemats have so much character and their beautiful patterns give so much life to a table.” —Sara Story, interior designer, Sara Story Design
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