By Jessica Mayfield, Houzz
Though we choose our dining tables based on our style preferences and practical needs, we also consider how conducive the tables will be to the experiences we hope to have there. We imagine our families and friends sharing stories and laughs around our dining tables, and we think about how special the holidays will feel. If warm and welcoming is your aim for the meals you host, pull up a chair and find inspiration in these dining room tables just right for lingering over (with dessert), no matter your style.
1. Modern farmhouse. This is an aesthetic that in its nature is comfortable and inviting. Mix plush, cozy armchairs with modern shell chairs around a traditional farm table for design depth and character.
Pro tip: The plastic midcentury chairs are easy to wipe up when kids and others spill.
2. Casual elegance. When you host large groups, an oversize dining table is a must. A table that seats 12 will make a dramatic statement, so you can pare back the decor. A table with clean lines and chairs that are classic and comfortable will accommodate the hours of story swapping and laughs you’ll have while gathered here.
3. Nordic Zen. This minimalist look is interesting because the streamlined and simple table is paired with chairs that have curves and warmth. The edited-down aesthetic is refreshing and light. Herbal tea and intimate conversation with your nearest and dearest would undoubtedly feel refreshing around this table.
4. Industrial comfort. An industrial table can be hip in a downtown loft or inviting in a suburban Craftsman. For a cozier and more approachable feel, incorporate plush textures with upholstered chairs and throws.
5. Approachable glamour. A country-style table can bring warmth to an otherwise glam room without compromising sophistication. This “high-low” approach is the interior design equivalent to the fashion world’s statement earrings and white T-shirt. Elevate the look with a dramatic chandelier and elegant chairs, and you have a combination that guests will feel right at home in.
6. Globe-trotter. You draw inspiration from your world travels when preparing meals for your guests. It’s how you share your experiences with those you couldn’t bring with you. With your international menus and gathered decor, a simple lacquered tulip table may be the perfect foundation for your eclectic dining room.
7. Shabby Chic style. This is a table worthy of a leisurely brunch gathering. Its simplicity allows space for playful accents and design details. It’s small enough for everyone to feel connected during your friends’ favorite weekend ritual, but also spacious enough for big laughs, mugs of coffee, bloody marys and second servings.
8. Coastal modern. You don’t have to be too obvious with coastal-themed decor. Allude to your love of the ocean with a table the color of driftwood and chairs that are more modern than beachy. The table’s rustic finish will hide any dents and scratches from your vacationing guests on game night.
Your turn: How do you invite warmth and comfort with your personal style in the dining room? Give us your feedback here!