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Merchant Picks: Dining Tables to Make Memories Around

We know many people will be skipping in-person fall gatherings and holiday celebrations this year. But fall is still a season of coming together around the table—even if it’s just you and your family or roommates. It’s over dinners and meals, with family or friends, that we make so many of our deepest memories. Even if things look a bit different this year, we still think it’s important to have a place to gather in your home and connect over food and drinks. And having the right dining table to make memories around is key!

We sat down with Meg Donovan, Modsy’s Senior Director of Product Development and Sourcing, to get the scoop on the importance of prioritizing your dining room design. She leads the charge on curating all the amazing furniture and decor in the Modsy catalog—so if you’re in the market for a dining room table, listen up. Because she’s also sharing some of her favorite dining room tables with us.

Dining Tables to Make Memories AroundWhy do you think it so important to prioritize the design of your dining room?

“Dining rooms are often where I have made the most memorable moments of my life. From pop-up brunches with the girls to larger gatherings for the holidays with a mix of friends and family, this room has set the stage for so many sweet memories. The jokes, the laughter, the smiles—and of course the delicious food. These are moments that I fondly reflect on for years but especially now in these crazy times, when it’s been difficult for a lot of us to be close to the ones we love.”

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Dining Tables to Make Memories AroundWhat’s something that many people overlook when choosing a dining room table?

“The anchor to any dining room is obviously the dining table. It’s easy to view this piece as something that’s purely functional. But it can be so much more! I love tables that become a part of your space and event. A beautifully designed table can make a statement in your dining room and become a star player in creating those precious memories.”

Explore our guide to dining table styles to see what Meg’s talking about!

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What are some of your favorite brands right now?

“I love Nuevo because they consistently strive to make innovative and creative products. They push the boundaries on furniture and lighting design. They focus on top quality materials and quality while offering a touch of the unusual.

Scout home is a go-to brand for me due to their focus on quality, innovation, and design. They are inspired by the world and design their products using trends, techniques, and materials from around the globe. They have incredibly high standards for build and quality and work to create one-of-a-kind pieces that make a statement.”

What tables from these brands are you loving right now?

The Daniele Dining Table, Nuevo

The sculptural base reminds me of modern art and pairs beautifully with the black ceramic top—which mimics the look of black marble but with significantly less weight and upkeep!

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Dining Tables to Make Memories AroundThe Quattro Dining Table, Nuevo

This table is pure elegance! The oak table is finished in a beautiful hand-applied, multi-step onyx finish with tapered legs capped with hand-polished bronze. I love that something that seems so simple can have the subtle details that take it to the next level.

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Scholar Dining Table, Nuevo

For just a tad more flare than the Quattro Dining Table, the hand-applied, multi-step finish is matched with a stunning brushed gold skirt and leg bands. The legs are hand-honed and solid oak, which makes this table not only stunning but also very stable.

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Vega Dining Table, Nuevo

Organic, sustainable, and rustic are the best words to describe this table. The beautiful solid French oak top is cut with a live edge that highlights the natural edge of the wood. Just like each tree is unique, each table will be unique, with slight variations in the edge shape and the wood grain. The natural beauty of the top is complemented by flared cast iron legs and brass dovetail detailing.

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Dining Tables to Make Memories AroundAlta Dining Table, Scout Home

This rustic table, with its modified double pedestal base, is crafted from solid reclaimed wood, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council—making it not only beautiful but ethically produced. Skilled artisans bring out the unique nature of the wood, highlighting the beauty of the recycled materials through maintaining the natural markings, hues, and textures.

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Dining Tables to Make Memories AroundBarbosa Dining Table, Scout Home

Innovation and basic chemistry are at play in the stunning bronzed iron base of this table. Acid-washed to create the patina, the metal is sealed to lock in the color at the height of oxidation. The iron is formed into a cool cross pattern that seems to shift depending on the viewing angle, giving added visual interest to the base. Not to be overshadowed, the top is a made of beautiful reclaimed oak that is hand-honed and sealed to a smooth finish, highlighting the natural warm tones of the wood.

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Dining Tables to Make Memories AroundThe Scandi Extendable Dining Table, Scout Home

I love that this table is both simple and extendable. You don’t always need a large table—but when you host bigger dinners, you’ll wish you had one. This is why I love extension tables, and the easy extending glide on this one makes flexing from 84” to 104” quick and easy. But this table isn’t just practical—it’s also beautiful in its simplicity. The Scandi extending dining table has a simple design, but the conical tapered legs with contrast iron banding and the natural finish of the wood save it from being boring. Plus, the simple design means you can go crazy with your chairs!

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How To Decorate a Minimalist Dining Room

These days, our dining rooms are seeing a lot of action, functioning as a workspace and a place for meals every day. As we continue to spend more time at home, now more than ever an organized and clutter-free modern dining space is essential.

Consider the minimalist dining room. Grounded in minimalist furnishings, simple accents, and neutral colors, the look is just what we all need—less stuff, more space. While the minimalist interior design aesthetic can often range from clean-lined to totally spare, we’re fans of both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. Which means we believe that you can have comfortable furnishings and a pared-down space without going the empty room route.

It’s about mixing together a streamlined wood dining table with cool Mid-Century chairs, hanging a contemporary and design-forward light fixture while keeping your white walls bare, or keeping everything in the room neutral with the exception of a textured natural-fiber rug that has a captivating geometric pattern.

If you love the idea of a minimalist dining room but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Read on for 8 things to keep in mind to bring the look home.

1. Clear Out Clutter

Following the “less is more” mantra, your minimalist dining area should be about having the right foundation pieces and free of clutter. Fewer furnishings also leaves you more walk-around room and makes the space easier to clean and maintain.

The Design Essentials: Minimal dining table with clean lines. Mid-Century style chairs that are open and airy. A sculptural modern chandelier that reflects the streamlined shape of the table.

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2. Stay Neutral

A neutral palette is essential for capturing the minimalist look. In a minimalist dining room, that means crisp neutrals, like ivory, charcoal, and light-wood tones, or a monochrome black-and-white palette. The idea is to pull back on color so that furniture forms do the talking.

The Design Essentials: Modern light-wood dining table that blends into the room. Contemporary upholstered dining chairs in white or beige tones. Large-scale abstract art in black-and-white.

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3. Opt for Streamlined Forms

Minimalist dining rooms are frill-free, which means that in addition to zero clutter these spaces feature streamlined minimalist furniture that have strong lines. So skip designs with lots of ornamentation. Think a smooth white cylindrical vase with a gunmetal grey rectangular mirror.

The Design Essentials: Streamlined and minimalist dining table with a cool silhouette. Slim open console shelf with bold lines. Modern neutral striped rug that directs focus to the dining area.

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4. Play Up Symmetry

With dining rooms, symmetry is key for a sense of balance and cohesiveness. It’s even more important in a minimalist space where there aren’t a lot of accents. Focus on your layout and arranging your table, chairs, and art to appear intentionally, and evenly, put in place.

The Design Essentials: Modern dining table that has a sturdy base. A set of six or eight chairs that fit snugly along the table. Striped or natural-fiber rug that centers the dining space.

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5. Have Lots of Natural Materials

Minimalist interior design isn’t limited to white rooms and spare furnishings. To warm up a minimalist dining room, natural materials and textures will keep your space from feeling flat and boring. Lean into pieces that show natural wood grains, nubby rugs, and woven details. See it as adding more without adding more clutter.

The Design Essentials: Hefty wood dining table with visible graining. Patterned natural-fiber rug. Wood-and-woven-fiber cupboard with strong visual texturing.

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6. Embrace Negative Space

In a minimalist dining area, it’s okay to have empty walls. Instead, style your surfaces with a few curated accents, like a sculptural vase, vessel or object. A good minimalist decor approach is to style as you normally would, then remove half the items. This will highlight the beauty of the pieces you keep.

The Design Essentials: A selection of vases and bowls that have captivating modern forms. Woven chair that can draw attention to a corner. A cool contemporary pendant that stands in for a work of art.

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7. Play With Geometry

Similar to natural materials, your minimalist dining area can benefit from geometric designs and shapes. Here, the furnishings all have beautiful sculptural forms but are also practical for the overall space. Remember form follows function!

The Design Essentials: Linear carved wood dining table with rectangular cutouts. Large round steel mirror and industrial pendant lamp that add visual interest. Wishbone chairs and wiry barstools that are comfy and eye-catching.

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8. Amplify Contrast

In addition to textures and shapes, minimalist dining rooms are all about contrast. It’s what brings the space to life. Mix light and dark hues, bold and soft materials, rectangular and round shapes, hard and smooth surfaces. Just be sure you stay with your minimalist neutral palette.

The Design Essentials: Dark-metal minimalist dining chairs. Subtly patterned textiles featuring modern motifs. A bold-color wall that’s balanced with decor in crisp white and black tones.

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5 Dining Room Designs that are Better than Brunch

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It’s safe to say that we’re all dining in at the moment—so maybe it’s time to give your dining room some love! You’re probably spending more time in it right now. Whether your dining table has become your temporary work-from-home office or you’re simply sitting down for more meals at home, it’s worth taking some time to give your dining room a spring refresh! And hey, it might inspire you to host a gourmet brunch for your family at home or remotely with your friends, bottomless mimosas and all!

How do I refresh my dining room for spring?

The first step in a spring refresh? Spring cleaning! This is a great opportunity to give your dining room a deep clean and sanitize all the hard surfaces. Other than sanitizing, our main spring cleaning essentials for a dining room include dusting, wiping down, and cleaning all fixtures, fans, baseboards, wall art, the table (obviously), and mirrors. Then, spot clean upholstered dining chairs or wipe down non-upholstered chairs. Finally, dusting those plant leaves—whether they’re real or fake—is a spring cleaning must!

Once the cleaning is done, you can get onto the fun: decorating ideas! One of our favorite dining room decor updates for spring includes swapping heavy drapes for breezier alternatives like a linen or a gauzy material. Centerpieces tend to be very seasonal, so for spring we love the idea of restyling centerpieces with smaller bud vases filled with seasonal greenery and blooms. Because fresh flowers and greenery can really breathe life into a space! It’s also time to store away winter dinnerware and restyle your credenza with some spring touches.

Want some specific tips and dining room ideas to refresh for spring? Keep reading for five spring-ready dining room designs to inspire you as you refresh your space!

dining room designThe Discerning Collector Dining Room

In this space, eclectic design meets minimalism for a seriously stunning dining room. While seemingly opposite styles, they actually do work together. In fact, for this look we took a cue from the minimalist-maximalist trend, which is the very best in the world of opposites attract. This is simply a spring-ready take on this style blend, with some added brightness!

The Key Elements

Key to this dining room look is a super neutral palette with a lot of contrasting elements. This type of contrast adds energy and vibrance to the space without requiring color. You’ll notice that all the furniture is very streamlined, with modern or minimal aesthetics. This space also features plenty of geometric shapes—found in the severe lines of the table, the sleek chairs, and the sculptural pendant.

Some of the eclectic nature of this style is found in the interesting mix of materials—from marble and metal to cloth, ceramics, wood, and woven seagrass. It’s a texture-palooza! These materials add ornament without adding extra stuff to the space. The furniture pieces themselves become the works of art. We especially love the sleek, frill-free forms of the chairs and the gorgeous veining found in the marble dining table. Overall the mix of textures is the perfect balance of a minimalist aesthetic and an eclectic approach to materials.

Why We Love It

If you love Leann Ford’s latest collection for Crate & Barrel, this dining room idea is for you. It has a sleek and trendy look, but it also pulls in elements of organic modernism with its earthy and organic shapes, materials, and textures. Pulling inspiration from the forms and materials of nature is a big design trend right now, and one that we’re all about, especially in this space! All of the natural materials help this space feel relaxing and approachable.

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dining room designThe Serene Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

This dining room is equal parts rustic, minimal, and mid-century modern. It’s the perfect look if you love modern farmhouse vibes but also enjoy cool, clean spaces. Somehow, this space effortlessly manages to be both fresh and cozy at the same time!

The Key Elements

This look is all about the tension between vintage and modern. How did we pull it off? We paired a vintage-style farmhouse table with sleek, mid-century wishbone dining chairs. The dining table is rugged and substantial, made of rough wood and featuring ornate carved details. Meanwhile, the chairs are delicate, made of a glossy, blonde wood with woven paper cord seats. The juxtaposition of these pieces embodies the push and pull between old and new, casual and refined.

Also essential to this look is a neutral color palette. The lack of color and contrast in this dining room gives the space a serene and airy vibe. You’ll notice that the only “colors” present are warm woods, creams, and whites—plus that beautiful pop of greenery, which brings the space to life. It’s an essential decor touch for spring! But the mix of natural textures found in the jute rug, the wood table, the woven chairs, the shell pendant, the gauzy curtains and the shiplap walls certainly keeps the look dynamic! There’s nothing flat or boring about this space.

Why We Love It

This dining room is a perfect spring-ready rendition of a modern farmhouse look. It’s fun to see the farmhouse style continue to evolve in new ways, and this space is just one more iteration of it. And it’s also great for hosting large family gatherings in the future—this trestle table can handle large groups and kids like nobody’s business!

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The Refined Rustic Dining Room

This small dining room beautifully combines rustic design elements with classic formal elegance, for a space that’s full of countryside charm! It creates a dining room that feels put together and polished but still has a relaxed vibe. Overall, it feels elegant, livable, and welcoming—one of our favorite dining room ideas to welcome in spring!

The Key Elements

For a refined rustic look, you want to start with some classic foundations. In this space, that means slipcovered dining chairs, a pedestal dining table, and an ornate chandelier. But you’ll notice that each of these pieces is infused with rustic, countryside touches. The whitewashed and distressed woods. The linen upholstery. The glass-front credenza. The artwork and the casual styling of the credenza also speak to the rustic nature of this style. But to keep it from leaning too rustic, you want to make sure there are still some ornate, refined touches—like the beaded chandelier, the sconces, the streamlined slipcovered chairs, and the carved table base. All of these pieces bring a sense of classic formal elegance to the space.

This space also features a neutral palette, but one that’s warmed up with small pops of color. The foundations are neutral or warm wood, but the pops of yellows and greens liven up the room. And the tulips certainly help with that, too!

Why We Love It

This dining room strikes the perfect balance between formal and casual. It’s a cheery space that feels welcoming. The countryside charm puts you at ease and just feels right for spring. It’s a comforting style that’s perfect for these troubling, unstable times. We’re big fans of looking to classic and traditional decor elements for a sense of stability right now!

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dining room designThe Mod Collector Dining Room

This modern dining room is a fun mix of mid-century modern and eclectic ideas that make up one cohesive look. It has a youthful feeling, while also feeling like it effortlessly came together over time. It’s the perfect style for someone with a strong personality who wants their home to reflect who they are!

The Key Elements

The furniture found in this dining room features an informal mix of styles—a truly eclectic move. This tulip dining table with a marble top is a nod to classic Saarinen design. But the industrial chairs are a very different vibe, with a school-house feel to them. Meanwhile, the Sputnik chandelier comes straight out of the mid-century modern handbook!

This space also features an interesting and unlikely combination of patterns and materials. The patterns in this dining area are from all different “genres”—like the traditional rug, the geometric art, the industrial chairs, and the striped basket. And the materials in this space run quite the spectrum too—from marble and metal to textural materials like wool, leather, wood, and seagrass. Mastering the eclectic side of this style is all about layering on the visual and tactile textures in a space.

To really drive home the mod collector look in your dining room, you need a bold approach to color and contrast. This is most notable in the black accent wall. But between the wall color, the art, and the rug, you’ll notice that there are no limits when it comes to this color palette! The art pulls in blues, yellows, and greens while the rug adds reds and oranges to the mix. The key is simply balancing the ratio of color to neutrals. (More neutrals in a space keeps things balanced).

Why We Love It

This is a style that breaks (almost) all the rules. It’s a fun way to show off your personal style in your dining room! And with such a fun, interesting space, it makes eating in way more fun than going out—a feeling we all need right now!

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dining room designThe Rustic Boho Dining Room

A bohemian design sensibility meets a rustic approach to materials with rustic boho dining room. This smaller dining area is warm, inviting, and full of personality. It looks effortlessly on-trend, doesn’t it?

The Key Elements

Key to this dining room look is a mix of modern and traditional design ideas, pulled from different styles and time periods. The modern, sleek dining table contrasts with a more traditional china cabinet. The dining chairs have a distinctly mid-century modern profile. And the decor? It has a contemporary feel. All of these pieces mix together for a boho vibe that still creates a harmonious feeling.

The more rustic elements come into play with the choice of materials. Warm woods show off the natural beauty of the material, and opting for no-frills designs lets the wood grain do the talking. Woven chair seats add even more texture to the space. Meanwhile, the chunky knit wall hanging feels cozy and oh-so boho.

A signature element of boho style is a more eclectic and informal approach to layout. Unlike other dining room ideas, this one features a smaller table and more casual arrangement of chairs and furniture. Ultimately, you can push your space to be more or less boho with some simple layout choices.

Why We Love It

We love the cozy, informal hosting style that this rustic boho space creates. While it’s on-trend, it won’t feel dated in a few month’s or a year’s time. It’s also proof that small dining room designs don’t have to compromise on style!

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The Ultimate Guide to Dining Table Styles

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Hosting season is upon us and, if you love entertaining as much as we do, you’re probably thinking ahead to all the fun gatherings in store. It’s no secret that your dining table is central to all the celebrations the season will bring! The largest piece of furniture and sets the mood, style, and is the heartbeat of the entire dining experience.

If you’re undertaking a dining room upgrade this year or just swapping out an old dining table for something new, you might have noticed that there are quite a few options when it comes to dining table styles. So how do you know which one is right for you?

What table shape do you prefer? Which option will seat the most people? What table design will fit best with the style of my dining room?

There are so many dining table styles to choose from, you’re probably wondering where to begin. A dining table can be a big investment, so you want to make sure you pick one that fits your style and meets all your hosting needs. To help, we’re breaking down the different dining table styles here so you can find the one that works best for you.

dining tableFarmhouse Dining Table Style

A farmhouse dining table design is generally super wide-open, warm, and welcoming option. This style is great for complementing a super rustic style and makes for an extra cozy vibe. It adds a vintage-inspired touch that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an old country farmhouse, even if you live in a high-rise apartment. Farmhouse tables are usually made of rough, solid wood and are larger in size and very sturdy.

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The Perks: You can pair a farmhouse table with a dining bench for a more family-friendly style or turn up the sophistication with upholstered chairs.

The Vibe: Solid, sturdy and timeless – this is the workhouse of dining tables.

dining tablePedestal Dining Table Style

Pedestal dining tables are generally composed of a wide, usually round table top sitting on a single solid leg in the middle. They are stylish, architecturally savvy, and just plain useful in a dining room. Some more contemporary options sit on two legs instead of one supporting column. They come in a variety of styles and can blend in with an assortment of dining room designs.

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The Perks: Pedestal tables hold plenty of platters and can seat more people than a square or rectangular table. That way you can squeeze more chairs around the table in a pinch!

The Vibe: Smart, symmetrical, and stylish. These tables can put the fun in functional in any dining room design.

dining tableParsons Dining Table Style

The Parsons Dining table is the perfect table for a super streamlined and contemporary style. There is a myriad of incarnations of its simple, balanced form, but it is always distinguished by clean angles and straight lines with absolutely no frills or ornamentation. The neat silhouette makes them well-suited for modern or contemporary interiors.

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The Perks: The pared-down aesthetic makes this table incredibly versatile and timeless.

The Vibe: Dress it up for an elegant and dramatic look. Dress it down for a simple, laid-back style.

dining tableTrestle Dining Table Style

Trestle dining tables have a tabletop that sits upon two trestle supports. They were very popular in the Middle Ages and offer a timeless style, and the simple look is a natural fit in many dining rooms. They were built to be portable and flexible – back then people didn’t have dedicated dining rooms so dining tables had to be easy to take apart, transport, and reassemble. These tables remain popular today because they’re sturdy, attractive, and great for hosting large groups.

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The Perks: Trestle tables come in so many styles that you can find one that will work with your aesthetic no matter what.

The Vibe: This is the kind of table that makes you think of gathering friends and family for a jovial night of eating, drinking, and merrymaking.

dining roomMid-Century Modern Dining Table Style

Mid-Century Modern is everyone’s new old favorite aesthetic – and the trend is still going strong! It’s a complete style of furniture and you can usually spot a mid-century modern dining table by its warm natural wood construction and slender, tapered legs. The sleek silhouette and light woods of the era feel both polished and fresh and bridge the gap between comfortable living and aesthetic delight.

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The Perks: A style of furniture designed during an era when American families were moving into more urban, smaller spaces, mid-century modern furniture is great for smaller dining rooms.

The Vibe: Clean lines, geometric shapes, and sleek simplicity give these tables a timeless appeal.

dining roomTraditional Dining Table Style

A traditional dining table is usually consists of sturdy wood with a high-shine varnish. You’ll often find these tables with more ornamentation and carved features on the legs. You can keep with the traditional vibe by pairing it with traditional dining chairs, go more farmhouse with upholstered options, or even play up an eclectic vibe by mixing in chairs of different styles.

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The Perks: These tables are large and in charge, with plenty of room for guests. They make a lovely centerpiece and are substantial enough to call for a big, beautiful chandelier to illuminate the dining area.

The Vibe: Traditional dining tables are elegant, super-versatile and never go out of style.

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