Creative Placemat Ideas

With so much focus on floral centerpieces and linens to decorate tables, sometimes it’s easy to forget about the other ways to add interest to a table. One of my favorite ways (and often a super-affordable way) is to have a creative placemat!


{vintage illustrated placemat photo by Jose Villa via Design*Sponge}

Oh do I love me some calligraphy! Here are some beautiful calligraphed options for placemats:


{brown kraft and white ink calligraphy placemat photo by Jose Villa via Design*Sponge}

Clear plates allow beautiful writing to show through. (Ok this second one isn’t a placemat, but imagine that beautiful black and white calligraphed menu underneath a clear plate instead, just like in the doily photo? Would be so pretty!)


{white doily placemat photo via Martha Stewart; black and white calligraphy place setting photo by Kristin Spencer Photography via Style Me Pretty}

I love how the clear plate of this setting allows the teal detail of the table runner blend right in with the napkin wrap (check out the DIY on this runner here).


{clear plate photo by Kristina Lynn Photography}

And finally, how wonderful are these FREE vintage-inspired printable placemats? Print them on different colored paper if you’d like too!


{vintage printable placemats found via The Pretty Blog}

It’s a totally affordable way to add more interest and beauty to tables, don’t you think?  What creative placemat ideas are you using for your wedding?