Table Mats and Coasters To Brighten The Dining Table

Whether you have a glass topped dining table or a finely polished wooden table, and whether you choose to let the surface remain bare or cover it with a table cloth, you will find mats and coasters the perfect way to add accents while protecting the surface. When it comes to choosing table mats and coasters to boost dining table looks, you can let your imagination run wild with any number of ideas, a few of which are mentioned below for your consideration.

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Whether you have a glass topped dining table or a finely polished wooden table, and whether you choose to let the surface remain bare or cover it with a table cloth, you will find mats and coasters the perfect way to add accents while protecting the surface. When it comes to choosing table mats and coasters to boost dining table looks, you can let your imagination run wild with any number of ideas, a few of which are mentioned below for your consideration.

JUTE MATS

  • Jute is environment friendly and earthy, adding to the cozy warmth of the dining table.
  • Using simple jute fabric glued to a substrate of vinyl foam sheet will work fine. Special looks can be achieved by rich embroidery of the jute fabric or by using printed fabric.

juteROPE SWIRL

Use cotton, nylon or jute rope swirl table, mat and coasters for a unique look. You can easily make them if you cannot buy them. Take a cork or thin bakelite sheet, apply glue and lay out the rope in a swirl. The effect of small and larger sizes of such rope swirls on the dining table can be quite fantastic.

 

 

 

CUSTOM PRINTED MATS

It is easy to obtain custom printed mats with animal designs, food designs, flower designs in round, square, oval or rectangle shapes to add a touch of festive color to your dining table. This is a good idea especially when you are partying, but for more formal occasions you might like to try something more sober.

BAMBOO WOVEN MATS

Bamboo, whether raw or varnished, can add a natural touch to your dining table. Bamboo is sliced into thin strips and meshed together in a weave. Try this. It should go well with an organic vegetarian food spread.

WOODEN SLATS

coastMats and coasters made of thin wooden slats either glued or nailed and varnished, will look ever so nice on the dining table.

ETHNIC DESIGNS

Mats and coasters made of fabric with ethnic patterns and designs, is another option for adding a touch of colorful exotica to your dining table. Designs from India and Africa and Native American Art can be considered.

BANANA LEAVES

If you live in countries where you can easily get banana leaves you can use them  and throw away whenever required. Just trim them into any shape you like. They make for wonderful and eco-friendly options as well.

VELVET

There is nothing like velvet to convey a sense of deep, luxurious richness. Variations on a theme, patchwork linen on cloth adds little bit of color. Velvet is regal and is perfect for formal occasions.

METAL MESH

Perforated metal mesh has an attraction all its own. Simply frame them in wood and you have mats and coasters that will be talked about. Plain mesh in metallic finish or in plain black are good but you can take this a step further, by getting printed metal mesh.

FIBREGLASS

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These days, it is easy to buy fiberglass sheets in which you have a woven glass mat as the backing. This also imparts a woven look to the transparent sheet that is easily cut into any desired shape and size. You can also get fiberglass sheets with patterns and designs.

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by Sandesh Dhanraj, on December 20, 2015