Finding the family table
Gone are the days of the separate formal dining room, where an elaborate table collected dust waiting for the next dinner party soiree. Today, dining areas are integrated into the central kitchen hub of the home creating a fluid space better connected with the rest of the home. This lifestyle shift means a whole new approach to choosing the right table, especially considering it will most likely be one of the biggest investments you will make when furnishing your new home.
When choosing the size of your table you should obviously consider key frequent events and how many people you need to accommodate, but also it is essential you review the spatial constraints of your room. You need to make sure you can easily pull chairs in and out without causing a major disruption, and for the formal occasion, you need to be able to serve each guest their culinary delight! A good tip to work out the right size for your room is to lay a bed sheet on the floor and fold it to a shape that works, that way you can visualise the space and plan around it (read more at Houzz).
As equally important as the finding the right size is selecting the surface finish to create a stunning focal point while providing a long lasting furniture piece with manageable maintenance. Your new table is more than where you will eat your family meals. Think kids doing homework, coffee with friends, Friday night cards, messy art projects, the list goes on! A table with versatility is the key! Glass tops are very durable and won’t be marked easily, but also will show fingerprints easily, meaning more effort to keep them sparkling. Luckily rustic and distressed timber is on trend right now, partnered with a thick acrylic clear sealant giving an option that will evolve with your family and grow in character! (read more at homelife)
No one tends to buy a table and chair set any more, dining chairs have found a whole new personality in interior styling! They have started to steal the limelight from the table with mix and match trends becoming more popular. If you need to fit a lot of guests but don’t have the space for individual chairs, then bench seats could work but definitely chairs without arms are the best option. You can still create an impact with two decorative statement chairs at the heads of the table. Check out this handy article on Houzz to find out about size and shape options to suit your room and (the size of) your guests.
You can’t beat the appeal of fresh flowers and foliage on a dining table. It will capture the attention of anyone who comes into the room and you can change it with seasons! Bright fruits such as apples, lemons and limes in glass canisters bring a touch of summer into the room, great to add some life in the middle of winter. A variety of green foliage or same colour blooms create an impact for a monochromatic style, or skip the flowers and group an eclectic collection of vases of different shapes and sizes for an interesting effect. Have some fun and change up your table decoration, remembering that less is more, let your beautiful table speak for itself!
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