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Place Mats For Two and Modern Vertical Table Runners

Love It or Hate It? Vertical Table Runners

A new trend in table linens is vertical table runners or place mats for two. Instead of running the width of a dining table, the linens run across the table depth-wise, acting as a shared place mat for parties seated across from each other. I've seen the style in a few different homes, but I think it looks best in a modern interior like this luxury, contemporary apartment on the right bank of Geneva. Never say never, but I would also reserve the look for solids or large-scale patterns; I don't think tiny country florals would work here.

If you want to pick some up for yourself, CB2's Duo Linen Placemat For Two ($15) is a simple, affordable option. Or, the Amenity Hand Woven Runner ($100) is a higher-priced option. My suggestion is to have a seamstress divide an existing runner you own into several smaller ones. Or sew some yourself with affordable fabric.

Are you a fan of this style, or is too modern for you?

Tania-from-chiquiita Tania-from-chiquiita 5 years
I absolutely love the duo placemat concept. I use it a lot at home...I do agree that it looks more informal, but I have made more traditional dinners using the duo placemat and looks wonderful, I will post pictures to share with all of you.
Anjellarok Anjellarok 6 years
Would be like sitting in a restaurant for dinner every night.
LiliesandBiscuits LiliesandBiscuits 6 years
I have a few (bad) pictures posted here: But I'll be getting a new dining table later this spring, so you better believe I'll be dressing it nicer then! I'll post pictures if anything looks fun :)
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 6 years
Awesome! I would love see photos of how you set your table.
LiliesandBiscuits LiliesandBiscuits 6 years
I have an obsession with table runners (and for some reason a dislike for table cloths, not sure why) and have been doing this for a while, so clearly I love it!
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