Who doesn’t appreciate sitting down to a beautifully arranged table setting during the holidays? Having set a few special tables myself, I know how much work goes into a well-styled table. Sure, you can always throw a gorgeous tablecloth over a hideous piece of furniture and walk away, but if you have a beautiful table like one of these, you’ll never have to worry about how it’s set again.
Branch dining table
The combination of this table's simplicity and the impression that its top is resting lightly on the legs make it unique. I would definitely stay away from a tablecloth with this table, as it would just cover up one of its best features—the legs.
Concrete dining table
This table's mix of materials—concrete and wood—blend beautifully together. Being able to see the mortise and tenon joint also gives it a deconstructed feeling, which could work in both modern and rustic settings.
I love this table because it is simple and unobtrusive. With a hint of the hairpin leg, it has a vintage vibe that isn’t kitschy, though as a cottager, I’m not afraid of a little kitsch! This is the perfect table if you have flashy chairs that take a lot of attention.
Elm top dining table
Although this table has a strong industrial vibe, it would still work in a variety of settings. With simple chairs, it stands out and has its own presence. But honestly, my favourite thing about this table is the rustic, unrefined top, because my kids would have a really hard time destroying this table.
Round table with a twist
Don’t ask me why, but I have always been drawn to the lazy susan on a table. I suppose it is because it is so functional and practical. Unfortunately it often takes away from the formality of the dining experience—but not on this table.
Copenhagen round reclaimed table
Not all of us have the space for sprawling rectangular tables, which is why the round table could be your new best friend. Not only are they perfect for more square-shaped rooms, but they fit a good number of people at them, too. One mistake people make with round tables is using rectangular placemats. Stick with round placemats or a tablecloth and charger—nothing bugs me more than overlapping placemats!
Sewing machine table
Thankfully, someone has gotten really creative and made gorgeous antique sewing machines into tables. Personally, I would stick with simple chairs and table settings with this table in order for its true beauty to stand out.
Washed out table
I love this table because of the many styles that are mixed into one piece. It has all of the elements of a more traditional table, yet the chain centre-support gives it an industrial appeal. The washed out grey colour of the wood is a little reminiscent of the cottage, making it a great one for the cottage, but it would still look amazing in the city.
This table works with modern interiors, rustic interiors, transitional interiors, and even traditional interiors. It’s almost a “one size fits all” piece. With such a basic shape it is easy to dress up or dress down, and it would be hard to find a table setting that didn’t look good on this table.