Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Design Tip Tuesday - Choosing the Right Dining Table

The dining room table is the setting where many special moments are celebrated and many a special meal is shared. With a few easy tips, you’ll be able to find a table that is perfect for all these occasions.

Space - Start the process by measuring your dining room to gain a sense of what size table may best fit the space. If you have a sideboard, curio cabinet or other pieces you wish to place in the room, you must factor their impact on the table’s size into your decision process. Accessibility to these pieces and ease of family and guests to navigate the room, are essential influences on table selection.Size -

After the measurement process is complete, selecting a table that reflects the room’s scale and your family’s needs is next. If your dining room is smaller, make sure not to buy an oversize table as movement will be restricted and cumbersome to family and guests. If your room is large, select a table is not dwarfed by the surroundings or the room will feel impersonal and lack a sense of warmth and comfort. Remember, choose a table that reflects its intended usage and serves your family’s needs first.

Shape - A room’s shape will help to determine an appropriate table. A room with equal proportions (square) benefits greatly from a round or square table. A room with uneven proportions may benefit more from a rectangular or oblong table.

Material - There are many materials to choose from. Wood, veneer, iron, glass, etc. When deciding on a material, consider the size of the room, the amount of use as well as the decor throughout your home. Glass is a low maintenance, easy clean up surface whereas wood offers a luxurious look but is higher maintenance and will benefit from a table pad to prevent any markings from hot serving dishes.

Wood, veneer, iron, and glass are some of the materials to choose from with each adding its own personalty and character to a room. Wood is luxurious and rich while glass can appear open and airy. Consider the other pieces you may be pairing the table with along with the forecasted maintenance of the piece.

Design - The dining room is an extension of other rooms within your home and should reflect the design features found throughout. Choose a table that best matches your home’s character and the room will come to life.

Dining room furniture is an investment.. Ensure that you plan well from the beginning and you will succeed in creating a space that you will enjoy for years to come.

Happy Decorating!

(Image: Table)