Doing Placemats the Right Way

Doing Placemats the Right Way

In a world where convenience often takes precedence over sustainability, it's important to pause and reflect on the choices we make in our daily lives. One area where we can make a significant impact is in our dining habits. By using cotton or linen placemats, serviettes, or table runners, we can contribute to a greener future and add a touch of elegance to the dining experience.
Placemats with Banksia pattern

You only have to run your hand over a piece of natural fabric to appreciate its beauty. And you can do that every day by using Australian-made cotton or linen napkins. Australian textile designers are imaginative and highly skilled; they create patterns that reflect our local environment and society, and print them in colours you'll recognise. The texture and color of Australian placemats can make you feel at home every mealtime and create a seductive mood for special occasions. Whether you go for a pop of personality with clear, bright colour, or opt for crisp white and neutrals, fabric elevates your mealtime in a way that paper and plastic simply can't match.

Match elegance with sustainability

Try a few of these ideas to give your dining a lift.

  • Experiment with different textures, colors, and patterns to create your own personal style. Try solid colours with patterned lines, or cotton canvas with a fine linen, to add interest and surprise your guests.
  • Add a touch of elegance with decorative napkin rings – look for lovely old ones in the local Op Shop. Alternatively, try wrapping your serviettes in a beautiful silk ribbon or twine. For day-to-day use, individual serviette rings help family members remember which is theirs.
  • Continue the Australiana theme by incorporating local flowers, foliage, or fruit as a table centrepiece. Gum leaves look great while bottle brush and banksia add drama. Organic accents work well with natural textiles and create an inviting ambiance.
  • Set the mood by incorporating candles or warm lighting into your table setting. Try a string of LED lights twisted between place settings, or half hidden under a length of muslin. The soft glow will create an intimate atmosphere and enhance the drama of your carefully laid table.
  • Embrace the spirit of the seasons by incorporating floral or botanical patterns into your table decor. Colour too can be aligned with the seasons: fresh pinks, frosty blues, summer colours, or earth tones will help set the mood. Or opt for the simplicity of black and white which is always fresh and on trend.
Table runner with gum flower pattern

Wash rather than waste

Beyond aesthetics, table linen made from natural fabrics can be used for years and thereby eliminate the need for disposable alternatives. Highly durable cotton and linen fibers can withstand countless washes, making them an investment that will stand the test of time. If everyone took steps to reduce their reliance on single-use paper and plastic products, it would significantly contribute to the preservation of our planet.

Caring for natural fabric table linen is surprisingly easy. A delicate cycle machine wash with mild detergent is usually sufficient to keep items clean and fresh. Line drying is best, but a low-temperature tumble dry can also maintain their shape and softness. Ironing isn't always necessary but you'll be surprised how impressive the sight of crisp, freshly pressed serviettes on the table can be.

By embracing the beauty of linen and cotton serviettes and placemats, we not only add elegance and charm to our mealtimes but also contribute to a more sustainable future. Investing in quality Australian placemats and table napkins eliminates waste every day and every small step helps to reduce our environmental impact. Let's set our tables with grace and enjoy the delight of hand crafted, Australian textiles for years to come.

See the range of table linen at O Gosh Shop.

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