Tiles are my new place mats/trivets. 18 X 12 are the perfect size for dinner place settings. Try the new glass tiles for a classic look in a dining room. Use one as a centerpiece with candles etc and it will protect the tops. Slate looks good for a modern look with texture or out in the garden when BBQ time rolls round and you won’t have to worry about them getting wet. Use felt protectors on the base so they don’t scratch furniture. Also very handy if a a top has been damaged as a piece of tile cut to size will hide the evidence and still look great.