Whilst it might sound surprising, we think there’s something so effortlessly glamorous about a farmhouse dining table. Often crafted from beautiful light wood with understated designs, a farmhouse table is wonderfully easy to pair with your existing furniture and is enviably versatile when it comes to styling.
This month, our editor got thinking about just how versatile farmhouse tables can be – and it turns out – very! Here’s her suggestions for three ways you could style our delightful Hoxton Oak Wood Farmhouse Table.
Light and Airy
If you are a fan of Scandinavian décor, the chances are you’ll also be a fan of light, bright, airy spaces. For those that still need convincing on this rather minimalist approach to décor, the style really doesn’t have to be boring!
As for the base of the room, it may sound incredibly obvious, but keeping the walls a light, neutral colour will ensure your room feels as light as possible. You can add touches of colour through other, smaller pieces later which won’t affect the overall appearance of the room so drastically.
Eliminating as much clutter as you can muster the courage to will also help to achieve this look – making fabulous storage solutions your best friend! A light wood sideboard is the cream of the crop when it comes to storage spaces for your dining room and the painted white base of the Dorset Sideboard pictured is great for creating the illusion of more space.
Our editor also suggests keeping colour to a minimum with larger items. That means when it comes to choosing upholstered dining chairs and large soft furnishings like rugs. These fabric dining chairs offer a fantastic retro-inspired design, a perfect complement to the Hoxton table whilst still being timeless and thus a fantastic investment! A large rug in a neutral tone is also a great addition. Dining areas often lack texture, creating a space which appears a little wooden or lacking love but this Louis de Poortere rug adds interest without overpowering the beauty of light wood.
With the rest of the accessories, try to avoid overly fussy photo frames, instead opting for simple squares and rectangle shapes in neutral tones. But certainly, you cannot go wrong with a large wall clock. The pale grey colour of this statement clock is great for creating a light, bright space. Large mirrors with slim or no frames are also great as they bounce light from windows around your room, creating the look of a brighter, open room.
Dark and Mysterious
If you’re willing to have fun when it comes to decorating your dining room, the simple base the Hoxton Dining Table provides means you can afford to go a little crazier when it comes to the rest of the room. If you imagine a room which you’d consider ‘dark and mysterious’ it may look very different indeed to someone else. Our editor suggests this style is all about adding drama, perhaps leaning on the side of decadent.
Jewel-toned walls or deep walls are a great start. Peacock green, teal, navy or purple tones are just a few of the colours look fantastic (particularly if you’re lucky enough to have panelling on the walls of your dining room).
To pair with your dining table, there are plenty of options when it comes to dining chairs. Leather dining chairs certainly add an air of sophistication and are great if you want to infuse the style with industrial furniture pieces (like this sideboard, for example) and are fantastically easy to maintain. However, our editor also loves the Solo Dining Chair with the comfortable padded seat and stylish button backs.
Quite distinct from the light and airy look, go as wild as you dare when it comes to accessories. Copper, bronze and gold tones all look great with deeper, jewel tones so are a good way to go with this look. Our editor loves the Mad Men Soho Copper Rug for the flecks of gold running through the rug which add glitz without being too much. Pendant lighting, hanging directly above your dining table also looks great – there is something so chic about two, low hanging pendant lights at either end of your dining table.
Black and white spaces are as classic and cool as it comes and are absolutely perfect if you want to add an industrial flair to your farmhouse table.
The black framing and base of the Kingsbridge Industrial Reclaimed Oak Sideboard is the perfect accompaniment for the Hoxton Dining Table, creating the appearance of a quirky Brooklyn loft you might see in a glossy magazine.
However, if you opt for clean, sleek lines with your furniture, there are also ways to soften the look. These cream upholstered dining chairs have a real traditional feel with the lion knockers on the back of each chair and would create a show-stopping contrast against the Kingsbridge sideboard. A dining bench which perfectly matches your dining table is another great option with this look. You could even go for a mixture of dining chairs and benches for as much flexibility for entertaining as possible.
Keep the theme running through your accessories. The Louis de Poortere Mad Men Metro Black and White Rug has a fabulous sketched design which would look achingly cool under your dining table. Our editor also loves the Metal Arc Ravland Floor Lamp for with this look, perfect for setting the mood at dinner parties if you’d prefer to eat without your main overhead lights.
We’d love to know how you’d style this stunning oak table. Perhaps you love the idea of one of the looks we’ve suggested, or perhaps you’d do something different.