Lets talk tables!
As I mentioned in my last few posts, Ian and I are working on our dining room. Although the project is just now wrapping up, I’ve had a design plan for this room for a long time. And as with all dining rooms the central focus of the space will be the table and chairs.We have all seen grandma’s overly formal dining room with a long wooden table and fancy chairs down the sides with accents of fake flowers, crystal chandeliers and too many window treatments. Although dining rooms are typically a more formal spaces with echoes of ‘don’t touch that, it’s expensive’ they certainly don’t have to be. I hope to create a space that is fresh and inviting, but still functional. I see it as a gathering place, not a rigid and formal room.
One way to do this – play with materials. I am always a fan of mixing textures and materials for an inspired look. In my dining room I’m adding a metal (zinc, in my case) table to change things up. Wooden dining room tables have been around forever and while some are beautiful and fun, many are still reminiscent of the old-fashioned look. Metal tables are an unexpected way to bring in a more updated look, no matter what your style of dining room.
I love this farmhouse-inspired zinc table. The metal top brings out the rustic components of the structure in a bold way.
This super-modern minimilast look works perfectly with a metal table, and the benches keep it from being too cluttered with chair legs. This room is the total opposite of over-crowded dining rooms of the past, making it a refreshing change.
Metal doesn’t have to mean rigid. This comfortable and casual dining area is the perfect balance of function and festivity. I also adore the pops of color from the chairs and other accents.
This dining room is an almost surreal blend of classic and contemporary. The traditional elements of the wood floor, high ceilings and large windows manage to work in harmony with the modern light fixture, simple curtains and minimalist décor. This unison is best expressed at the table setting with old-fashioned upholstered benches alongside the modern metal table.
The designer of this contemporary kitchen knows that metal doesn’t have to mean color-less. I love the unexpected pops of color under the stainless tabletop which tie the room together.
Metal also doesn’t have to mean completely smooth. Adding a metal piece of furniture can also bring in a bit of texture. Be sure to keep other décor elements pretty simple though, as a table like this makes a big impact.
So as you can see, a metal table can make a huge impact on a room of an style. If your dining room is feeling a bit outdated but you don’t want to change up the entire space, consider switching out your old wooden table for a fun metal one!