When choosing a set of place mats, you are limited to a range of styles and colors that complement your dishes. And if you have more than one set of dishes, your best bet may be making your own reversible place mats. Combining a bright color with a muted one, or a plain fabric with a printed one, makes one set of place mats the equivalent of two. Whether dinner calls for a sophisticated damask or a casual plaid, the same place mat can function for both place settings. We used versatile linen for our place mats.