I have been shopping for place mats for a dining room and I have decided that 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 table. Slate looks good for a modern look with texture or out in the garden when BBQ season hits. You won’t have to worry about them getting wet either. Use the large felt protectors on the base so they don’t scratch your furniture. Tiles are also useful to hide the top of a small table top or nightstand that has been damaged as a large piece of tile cut to size will hide the evidence and still look stylish.