It would definitely be very easy to just go with the usual designs when choosing a dining table but that doesn’t really say a lot about your own style. It’s better to take your time and consider all the options. It would help to make a list of all the criteria and all the things you want to check on a table before you’re completely happy with it. It’s always good to measure furniture before you purchase it to make sure it fits and to take into consideration details such as the shape, color, material and style.
VIDEO View in gallery Both rectangular and round tables are considered classical and are quite versatile View in gallery A live-edge dining table, on the other hand, is a whole different story and is often considered modern View in gallery Oval tables are also modern and can look really beautiful in contemporary dining rooms View in gallery Another sign of a modern look is the choice of materials and finishes View in gallery Rectangular dining tables are best for large crowds because they can sit a lot of people comfortably View in gallery After selecting the table, focus on the chandelier or pendant lamp you want to display above it View in gallery The size and shape of the dining table are dictated by the size of the room and the existing decor View in gallery An oval dining table would be perfect for a dining nook such as this one View in gallery Although often considered traditional or classical, rectangular tables can fit really well in modern spaces View in gallery Choose a glass-top dining table if you want to ensure an open look throughout the room View in gallery The shape and design of the table is often chosen in accordance with the characteristics of the decor View in gallery It’s important to measure the space before purchasing the table View in gallery Usually it’s OK to leave between 42” and 48” between the table and the walls View in gallery If there’s furniture in the room, then measure the space from the edge of the furniture instead of the wall View in gallery If the table is simple, make the room stand out with some interesting chairs View in gallery A simple design can also look very interesting if the combination of materials is unusual or unexpected View in gallery A narrow dining table is a good option for a dining room that’s also long and narrow View in gallery A design with rounded corners can turn out to be ideal for a small space View in gallery To save space, another option is to replace the usual chairs with benches which can be stored under the table when not used
There are many things to take into consideration before purchasing a table or even narrowing it down to a few designs that you feel particularly attached to. As always, measurements are important. Before anything else, measure the room you want to place the table in. This will help you decide how big or small the table needs to be. Make sure you take into consideration the doors and all the furniture present in the room.
View in gallery Dining tables with live edge tops are particularly beautiful thanks to their sculptural and unique nature View in gallery There are more options than you think when it comes to the material a dining table is made of View in gallery Wood is the most common. It’s also sometimes the sign of a traditional design View in gallery Complement a rectangular table with an area rug that shares the same size View in gallery Real wood has knots and other imperfections and these give the table a lot of character and authenticity View in gallery For a small dining room, choose a table with a round top View in gallery Pedestal bases are most common for table with round tops, although it’s not a general rule View in gallery The ideal dining table should have a design that balances looks and function View in gallery Some dining tables form sets together with matching or complementary chairs View in gallery In this case, the metal base of the table matches the frames of the chairs View in gallery Instead of a glass top, a more interesting option is a table with a glass base View in gallery Dining tables made of distressed or worn woods and with chunky constructions are usually country-chic View in gallery To determine the right size for a dining table, measure the room, the doorway and the furniture present there View in gallery Before choosing a size, consider the number of persons that will use it most of the time View in gallery On average, a person needs around two feet of space to sit comfortably at a table View in gallery Make a small table stand out by complementing it with an eye-catching light fixture View in gallery Pedestal tables are more practical because they offer more legroom View in gallery Rectangular tables are ideal and very practical in long and narrow rooms
After measuring the room and getting an idea of what type of dining tables to look for, it’s time to pick a style. It’s OK to like multiple styles. Eclectic decors can be really charming and beautiful. If you prefer simple things, consider a modern or a contemporary design. There are tons of exquisite dining room tables to choose from so get comfy and start browsing.
View in gallery Round tables, on the other hand, are better for small and cozy spaces, creating a more intimate ambiance View in gallery Use red chairs to make a small dining table stand out. For a cohesive look, match the chairs to the area rug View in gallery Complementing a simple dining table with colorful chairs is a very interesting and fresh idea View in gallery If a simple, warm and inviting look is preferred, opt for a table with a wooden top and a natural finish View in gallery Pair a rectangular table with a round pendant lamp for a nice contrast View in gallery Sometimes the most interesting element about a dining table is the chandelier hanging above it View in gallery The simplicity of the table can be balanced out by a set of sculptural pendant lamps View in gallery Wood is not the only elegant and versatile material when it comes to dining tabless View in gallery Marble can also be an interesting option. Other similar materials are also appreciated for their elegance View in gallery The shape of the table can be based on the shape of the room View in gallery Oval or octagonal tables are not as common or versatile as round or rectangular tables View in gallery A square dining room would actually look very beautiful if it had a square table at the center View in gallery Square tables or those with rectangular tops that be turned into squares are both interesting options View in gallery A room looks and feels more intimate and inviting if there’s an equal distance between the table and the walls View in gallery Marble dining tables don’t really follow a particular style. They can look nice in just about any setting View in gallery Some designs have interesting details or built-in features such as accent lighting View in gallery The glass panels that support this table make it look as if the top is floating View in gallery When selecting a table, think of its function to better decide on size and everything else View in gallery Large dining tables with round tops are not very user-friendly, making it difficult to reach the food at the center View in gallery The accessories you choose for the table have a big impact on its final look View in gallery The right dining room centerpiece can completely transform the decot and the atmosphere View in gallery When measuring the space around the table, take into consideration the size and shape of the chairs View in gallery For large gatherings, long rectangular tables are the best, especially if they’re expandable View in gallery An expandable dining table is a good option for situations when you need to accommodate more persons than usual View in gallery If the dining table is expandable and has leaves, include those in your measurements to make sure they fit View in gallery For an intimate or romantic ambiance, opt for a table lamp instead of a large chandelier View in gallery Use chairs with different shapes and designs or different colors for a cheerful and playful look
The shape of the table is also very important. It has a lot to do with its function. Round dining tables are nice if you prefer an intimate ambiance or if you have a small dining room. They’re also nice because they allow the users to interact with each other more easily and because they create a warm and welcoming look in the room.
View in gallery There are several types of expandable tables, each with its own pros and cons View in gallery Round tables are not usually expandable although there are a few very interesting exceptions View in gallery A dining table that’s eye-catching on its own does’t need any other embellishments or accessories View in gallery You can have a matching set of dining table and chairs even if the materials differ View in gallery Drop-leaf tables are very popular and space-efficient and there are numerous variations of the style View in gallery A casual dining room decor would need a laid-back dining table design View in gallery Tables with painted tops or simple and fresh designs are just right for casual spaces View in gallery A contemporary dining table can take many unique and striking forms, although usually they’re all simple View in gallery Opt for an expandable dining table if you plan to use for both intimate occasions are large gatherings View in gallery Glass tops are ideal for dining tables that have sculptural bases that deserve to stand out View in gallery After you decide on the function preferred for the table, you can decide on a form and size View in gallery Take into consideration the decor, the furniture present in the room and the style View in gallery Lots of interesting combinations of materials, finishes and colors are available, a lot of them in the case of contemporary designs View in gallery To emphasize a certain style, don’t only focus on the table. The chairs, the lighting and the decorations have their own roles View in gallery Some modern dining tables even have built-in induction system to keep the food warm and delicious View in gallery Other smart features present in contemporary designs can include touch screens and sensors View in gallery Pedestal bases are often considered a characteristic of casual designs View in gallery Modern dining tables sometimes combine wood with metal View in gallery A dining table with a glass top is a good option for a small room that needs to stay airy
Before you purchase the table, try to visualize it in the room. It would help to use tape to outline its shape on the floor. Alternatively, you could fold a bed sheet and use it in a similar way. Then try to visualize all the other elements in the room such as the light fixture, the centerpieces, the decorations and the chairs organized around the table. All of these may seem like little things but they’re often what makes a decor stand out and what gives flavor to a space. They can often also change the ambiance in a room and that’s a great way of refreshing a space.
View in gallery A rich wood finish and carved legs are both signs of a traditional dining table View in gallery Highlight a beautiful wooden top with the right lighting and contrasting decor elements View in gallery To maintain a bright, open and airy look, opt for a table with a glass top or for acrylic chairs View in gallery The elevated disc at the center of this round table is perfect for displaying a beautiful centerpiece View in gallery A sculptural design like this one deserves to be the center of attention in the dining room View in gallery Make a small dining room look bigger by decorating it with mirrors and making sure there’s plenty of light View in gallery Metal and chrome finishes are often elements found in modern furniture designs View in gallery Metal dining chairs are quite uncommon but a really great option for industrial decors View in gallery Add some color to the dining room with a set of chairs that contrast with the table and the rest of the decor View in gallery Green is a very fresh color that looks particularly good when combined with white View in gallery Another nice way to add some color to the space is with a colorful or patterned area rug View in gallery The table can coordinate with certain elements present in the room for a more cohesive look View in gallery The shape of the table can be reflected in the decorations used on the wall View in gallery To soften the clean lines and straight angles of a rectangular dining table, use it in combination with rounded chairs View in gallery There are many different ways to match a set of chairs to a table and some are quite subtle View in gallery To better visualize the decor before purchasing the table, use tape or bed sheets to outline its form on the floor