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Setting the Table With Placemats

Placemats often go unnoticed when it comes to setting the table, but they're a practical choice when it comes to protecting your tabletop from wear and tear and damage. They make a handy buffer between table and your favourite hot dishes and cold drinks. Plus, placemats add exciting visual interest at your table setting and can effortlessly infuse style alongside any meal.

At Williams Sonoma Canada, we've curated an extensive selection of the very best in placemats to complement your modern aesthetic. Whether you enjoy the simple elegance of soft cotton pieces or the textured touch of woven rattan mats, the durability of hardmats or the intricate work of embroidered table linens, read on to discover how placemats can elevate your next dining experience.

Shape & Size

Decide what kind of shape and size you want your placemats to be. You'll find traditional rectangular shapes as well as oval, round and square shapes that offer a more modern look and feel to your dinner table. As you choose your sizes and quantities, think about how many people you'll be seating at your table. We have traditional sizes as well as 13'' and 15'' round placemats.

Colour & Pattern

Placemats can be an easy way to bring warmth to your table. Choose from a variety of shades and hues, including soft white, natural beige, bold blues and rich browns. Think about the design features of your room as you decide between solid colours and playful patterns. Discover how a vibrant floral motif, honeycomb pattern or zesty lemon design can uplift your dining experience if the rest of your table setting is more muted or neutral.

Material & Texture

Decide whether you want placemats that feature soft textures such as absorbent cotton or linen or ones that feature more durable materials such as our coated hardmat crafted with a cork backing made to resist moisture. Explore options for outdoor entertaining with our antimicrobial TerraStrand® vinyl. Showcase your retro style with our faux shagreen hardmats made with pebbled texture.

Think about whether you want smooth, solid placemats or pieces with textural variation. Our collection includes placemats made with quilted flowering vines as well as handcrafted, woven rattan mats. Add a floral flourish to dinner with our circular plastic mat inspired by dahlia petals and covered in metallic foil for a shiny finish.

Other Mealtime Essentials

After you've selected your placemats, think about other table linens that you can include at your next weeknight meal with the family or weekend brunch with friends. Choose from colourful tablecloths and table throws, sleek table runners and coordinating dinner and cloth napkins. Add textural variation with a unique floral centrepiece or add candles along the table to create the perfect mood lighting and atmosphere. There's always more to discover at Williams Sonoma Canada.