Published on October 16, 2019

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There is nothing celebratory about a paper napkin. Best suited for potlucks and tiny appetizers served on toothpicks at events, they have no place at the dinner table (plus, they’re bad for the environment). When you’ve spent the day braising beef for ragù tagliatelle, rolling crust for apple hand pies, or even just throwing together your go-to chili, why would you want to take away from the final product? Kick that Tuesday night meal up a notch with cloth options—they’re stylish, sustainable, and the perfect accompaniment to menus both carefully considered and dreamed up on the fly. 

Not to mention, they help pull together that mixed-and-matched dishware and disguise a table that’s seen better days. Consider it a sneaky way to make everything look elevated. Here are our picks in every color of the rainbow. 

Blue

As far as vibrant hues go, blue is your safest bet. It’s timeless and will go with literally anything, from the sunny yellow plates you impulse-bought at that vintage shop to the china set passed down from Grandma. 

Green

It may be one of the most cliché shades during the holidays, but it doesn’t have to be expected. For proof, check out Kaight’s lime pattern or the funky turquoise triangles by Iittala and Issey Miyake. 

Yellow

Even when it’s gray and gloomy outside, your tablescape doesn’t have to be. Consider these citron picks the fuzzy antidotes to SAD. 

Orange

If you like to take risks with your cooking, your table should mimic your enthusiasm. Go for invigorating clementine-colored cotton napkins or ones featuring a screen-printed, marbled design. 

Red

For a dinner demanding a certain level of elegance, attention-grabbing crimson—or lively tomato or deep scarlet—is the way to go.

Pink

Who says rosy hues have to be relegated to teatime? From cool tie-dye to contemporary grids, these napkins are begging to be shown off at every meal. 

Purple

Pair with moody hues, like ochre or burgundy, to make this contentious color feel undeniably sophisticated. 

Neutrals

What these pared-back pieces lack in saturation they more than make up for in fun patterns. Made to complement any and every design aesthetic, you’ll have them for years to come—consider them an investment in your entertaining future. Bon appétit!

See more tabletop essentials:
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These Serving Platters Make Even Store-Bought Snacks Look Fancy

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