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How to style dark dining tables beautifully

English Beam Industrial Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

It could be a family heirloom or a purchase you made some time ago, for whatever reason, the majority of us have at least one piece of dark wood furniture in the home.

As we all know, interior design trends come and go but the basics for each style remain – the Scandinavian, farmhouse and rustic styles, for example, have a commonality in that any wood use, even if it is reclaimed, will be light in shade, whereas the industrial style tends to opt for a reclaimed wood with a darker tone.

Loath to get rid of this dark wood piece that you love, the good news is you don’t have to. And when it comes to a dark wood dining table, we have some great tips for styling it.

The industrial darker wood dining table

As a reclaimed wood dining table, the industrial appeal of this English Beam dining table is second to none. Beautifully proportioned, it is no wonder that it is one of our best sellers.

English Beam Industrial Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

The great thing about dark wood is that it doesn’t need any help to stand out but with the choice of dining chairs, you can either dial up or down the notch of the impact that it has.

With this industrial dining table, why not play devil’s advocate with your choice of chair and opt for a slightly-over-the-top grand finish of a rollback leather dining chair? Or stick with the same chair but opt for velvet dining chairs instead. To stay true to the industrial look, stick with ‘natural’ colours such as tan or darker brown. For a real zap of action, choose modern grey leather dining chairs.

Finesse of the darker wood dining table

Not straying far from the industrial look is the Barclay dining table, with its elegant detailing and fine metal legwork.

Barclay Reclaimed Wood Dining Table in Dining Room

Staying true to the industrial styled roots, this table has the glorious patina of darker wood, teamed with the coolness of metal. But it has detailing that marks it out as being different, perfect for softening the sharp angles.

And so, a dining chair that contrasts and complements needs to have a similar finesse and finish. You could opt for leather dining chairs, with a fine metal leg framework to match or you could add a touch of ‘the different’ with upholstered grey dining chairs. The metal work stud detailing contrasts perfectly with the detail at each table end.

The versatile dining table

It may be called the farmhouse table from the English Beam collection but we think the sturdiness of the table top and legs make this almost a piece of industrial style furniture. Its lack of fussy detailing, its cleanliness and angles, as well as the pleasant sturdiness to it, make it a versatile piece.

English Beam Farmhouse Extendable Reclaimed Wood Dining Table and Chairs

Suitable for the farmhouse kitchen and the industrial style dining room, the darker wax gives it added depth and drama.

So why detract from that? These grey upholstered dining chairs from the Luxe collection are detailed – the extra wood on the legs, the stud edging and the lighter grey upholstery make them the perfect addition to sitting alongside a darker reclaimed wood table.

Which dining chairs would you choose to sit alongside a dark wood dining table?

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