Your modern dining table plays a big role. It’s a gathering spot, a gift-wrapping station, the scene of apologies, late-night teas, and connecting over food. And then there are actual dinner parties. How to pare down the slew of dining table decor ideas to find the one that works for you? Boca do Lobo Blog bring you a guide to help you make this decision!
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BALANCING SIZE AND SPACE
Get an idea of how a table’s size will fit in your space before you choose. Grab a sheet and fold it to the size of the table you’re considering. Can you fit between it and the doorway? Is there room for that modern sideboard you’ve been eyeing? This physical reference helps you get a good idea of size.
CHOOSE THE SHAPE
What shape is best for you? It depends, of course. Rectangular tables mirror the shape of most dining rooms, can fit more bodies (especially if has extensions) and can accommodate bench seating. Oval shapes also work well in most rectangular rooms. Deciding between the two comes down to the type of lines you prefer. Soft and curved, or angular and precise?
HOW SOCIAL ARE YOU?
Your social life has to be a factor when you choose the table you need. Start with how many people are regularly using the table. If it’s a three on a day-to-day basis, you can opt for something smaller. If you are the host of your friend’s group, you are probably looking for a table that can accommodate a crowd, like Empire Dining Table.
LEAVE THREE FEET OF CLEARANCE
To make sure you have enough space to navigate dinner parties, family events or even Christmas dinner, leave a three feet space between any walls or other furniture and your table. If the dining table you wish doesn’t meet this rule, you have to decide if it’s worth the inconvenience. If yes, go for it.
STYLE? CONSIDER OTHER ROOMS
Your rooms don’t need to match, but it’s a good idea to consider the flow of your space. Does your dining area or kitchen open into your modern living room? Will it be an extension of a dark kitchen? You don’t need to stick to the exact same style, but you probably want them to look like they’re part of the same house.
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We know that a dining table is an investment. In the spirit of longevity, you’ll want to consider the materials and construction that went into it. Marble is not only beautiful, but it’s also extremely durable.
SURFACE AREA OPTIONS
Glass is a great choice for small spaces because it carries less “visual weight”. Wood brings a warm feel to a room, there is a certain understated elegance to a wooden dining table. Acrylic tables can come in a variety of trendy colours. Marble tabletops can introduce a cooler feeling to a room. It’s also a bit of a style chameleon, working well across luxe, eclectic, and minimalist designs.
Table legs can make a huge design impact on your table. Interesting legs add a sculptural feel alongside crucial stability. From tripod to the classic square shape, wood to metal, there’s a style of the leg that can elevate your space. Don’t worry about the legs matching your chairs – combinations create interest and speak to your personality.
FEELING INSPIRED? GOOD!
Take time to consider both your lifestyle and your space and narrow down your selection. Also, consider this timeless curated selection of the most amazing and modern dining tables by Boca do Lobo.
These tips allow you to make the perfect decision for your dining room (and your social life). After all, a dining table simply serves as a backdrop to the real star of the show – the gatherings that spark a connection.