By Edda Braune. Dining Room. Wednesday, June 07th 2017, 13:13:40 PM.
Go for the tried and true: a weathered wood table. A secondhand wood table with a farmhouse or industrial heritage has already passed the test of time. Any scratches and nicks in the tabletop surface have mellowed into design details, becoming features to admire. If you accidentally add a few more to it, it won't matter. For this reason, these tables are great for families with children – you never have to worry about whether your brood is unwittingly or even intentionally marking the table. The damage, if minor, will only become part of the beauty of the piece. That said, it's worth protecting your table with a hard wax polish, which should be applied about twice a year.
Same chair, same color family. A riff on the same‐chair, different‐colors idea, but with more subtlety. The idea here is to choose closely related colors – try earth tones or shades of a single hue.
Settle on a shape that will work in most rooms. Round tables look good in compact rooms and living areas that have square dining zones. They also offer flexible seating. If you buy a six‐seater, eight can usually be accommodated at a pinch – the larger the diameter, the more people can be seated. On the other hand, rectangular tables have limited seating spots due to the position of the table legs and because only one person can be seated at each end. However, if you choose a rectangular table with leaves, the table can be extended to accommodate extra guests whenever an event is planned, such as for a family Christmas or birthday party.