Inspiration & Ideas

Make the most of a single-wall kitchen with these tips

Single wall kitchen furniture - white furnitureA kitchen running along one wall is great if you are looking to save space or if you want to create a kitchen diner in a small or narrow space. Not only this, they are practical and cheap to install. Here a few of our ideas to make the most of this kitchen style.

With a single wall kitchen, it is a great idea to separate your room out with flooring or a rug, to create some separation between your cooking and eating areas, and also to ensure your floor doesn't look too blocky. Depending on the shape of your room, you may be able to use different flooring to create kitchen and dining areas. However if you have a narrow space and the kitchen along one of the longer walls, this is unlikely to work so well. In that case, add a rug underneath a small kitchen table. 

With dining tables in a smaller kitchen, the trick is not to go for something too large or with a chunky design. Slimmer designs will create the illusion of more space and will suit a smaller or narrower kitchen. 

Something like the Stanford Cross Leg Reclaimed Wood Extendable Dining Table would be perfect. The farmhouse kitchen table offers a neat, clean design making it perfect for smaller spaces. Available in standard or a higher height, you can create a stylish dining area or even a breakfast bar in your kitchen. Pair the higher height table with wooden bar stools for a wooden farmhouse kitchen with plenty of charisma, and add your colour in with your rug and other plants and accessories.

One of our kitchen table sets would be a great option. The Allegro Live Edge Oak Dining Set is stunning, and is perfect for adding simple elegance to a traditional or an ultra contemporary kitchen. The table can be paired with benches, chairs, or a mixture of both so you can tailor it exactly to your room. If you are struggling for space, you could even push the table against the wall and just have a single bench to ensure it is neatly out of the way. 

Instead of one of our rustic kitchen tables, you could also create extra storage space and potentially extra worktop space with an island. A reclaimed wooden island will not only section out different areas of your room if this is what you are looking to do, it will keep a smaller kitchen area clutter free and will give you space for bulky items you may not otherwise have a home for.

If you don't want extra worktop space and are just looking for storage, a reclaimed sideboard would make a perfect accompaniment to your kitchen furniture. 

The sleek design of the Hudson Living Kielder Oak Sideboard would be great in a sleek, contemporary kitchen with its clean lines and minimalist look. Behind each cupboard is a shelf so there is plenty of storage for dinnerware, or even for putting baskets with store cupboard ingredients or vegetables and potatoes. Alternatively, you could go for a sideboard with an inbuilt wine rack, like the Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Wine Rack Sideboard, ready for all your entertaining needs.

If you love to entertain, a single wall kitchen is great for creating an easier space to move around. You could even create a bar area with a space for serving and making drinks for all your guests, or even just for use as a breakfast bar. Pair with a couple of oak bar stools to complete the look. Not only is this perfect for entertaining, a bar area tends to take up less space than a dining table. 

The Raw Light Oak Tall Stools are perfect for this. The Scandinavian kitchen stools perfectly blend timeless design and the beauty of natural wood for a look which will look great in any room.

For more inspiration, or to find the perfect kitchen furniture for your space, take a look at the Modish Living website or get in touch with one of our team members. 

How to choose the perfect wood dining table

Luxe Kensington Reclaimed Wood Dining Table with Macy grey dining chairs

Your dining table and chairs are substantial pieces of furniture. You should choose your wood dining table with care, thinking about how it will need to adapt in the future, but you’ll also know only too well what you like the look of – so it’s essential to strike a balance between great design and versatile functionality. Here we bring you some tips on what to consider when purchasing your dining table.


A round dining table or a rectangular table are the two most favoured options, but which will work best for you? A small round dining table works well when space is limited as with a little squeezing, you can seat a fair few diners around your table without encroaching on too much space. This rectangular oak dining table and chairs is also ideal for when you want a streamlined, minimal look but without compromising on quality.

Which comes first, the table or the chairs?

Some people prefer to purchase dining room table sets, whereby the table and chairs match perfectly. But, if you want to make a statement, choosing chairs and a dining table separately could be the answer.

Making the table the centrepiece of your dining room

There is nothing quite as attractive as a grandiose dining table. No matter what your style, a fantastic dining table really packs a punch. This exquisite example of a reclaimed wood dining table is the perfect example. The distressed look of the wood, full of history and character, works well with the modern gloss of the metal frame. Even the sumptuous upholstered dining chairs cannot detract from its beauty.

Making the chairs the stars of the show

Dining chairs can really add va-va-voom to a dining room. There are almost unlimited options when it comes to upholstered dining chairs, with all shades of colours, as well as a choice between fabric and leather.

Of course, fabric dining chairs don’t work for everybody. A great option are wooden dining chairs. Equally as elegant, wooden chairs are easy to keep clean and suit a range of styles, from farmhouse to rustic

Most of our dining chairs are customisable too, so you can create something truly unique for your home that diners will admire.

Choose your style

Of course, a large factor in your choice of dining table and chairs is your style.

This oak farmhouse table works well in a dining room or kitchen space where you want the pleasing feel of the farmhouse style.

Likewise, opting for the rustic dining table or the industrial dining table style is ideal in a busy home where you don’t want to compromise practicality and function for style.

Adding details

The ‘how and why’ of your dining table are also important considerations.

For example, if you regularly host family dinners and extensive gatherings, an extending dining table with chairs make perfect sense.

But we think that dining furniture is a great way of adding detail without overpowering the space. The legs of the dining table are often forgotten in terms of design which is why we have added details to ours…This reclaimed wood round dining table with the circular, art deco-esque leg adds a wow factor to any dining space. If you want detail but without too much fuss, this rectangular dining table with robust legs is one choice. The circular elements add the right level of detail. And there is something pleasingly ‘chunky’ and firm about the end-of-table column legs on this farmhouse table.

Many pieces in our dining furniture ranges can be customised to suit, giving you even more scope on creating a dining table and chairs that you will love for a long, long time to come.

What are the differences between rustic and farmhouse?

Hoxton Oak dining table and dining chairs in dining room with dresser

There are similarities between the rustic interior style and the farmhouse style. Add to this the differing opinions of designers, and you can be confused as to which style you are attempting to create in your home – is the rustic look or the farmhouse style?

The Rustic Style

Both the rustic and farmhouse style feature a lot of wood. It makes sense because wood is a natural material, in plentiful supply to those living the rustic or farmhouse lifestyle many years ago.
However, if you want to achieve the rustic look, these are the elements you need to ensure are part and parcel of your design;
• Rustic furniture tends to be ‘rougher’, retaining a more natural finish, almost half-finished if you like.
• Both styles enjoy the grain of the wood, its pitting and marks but the rustic style celebrates these with an increased volume.
• Key furniture such as a rustic table or rustic styled bed frame would be made from ‘knotty’ woods such as pine, alder and hickory
• Wood is left very much in its natural state but can also be ‘distressed’, ensuring that as a piece, it continue to tell its story. As a result, many bed frames, tables and the like are made from reclaimed wood such as a reclaimed wood rustic dining table.

• Joints in rustic styled pieces tend to be chunkier, but still finished to a high standard.
• The wood used is also chunkier, with thicker cuts used to crate bespoke rustic style pieces.
Colours tends to be strong and earthy – chocolate brown and rusty orange for example, with minimal contracts. Simple yet elegant, natural yet comfortable, there is a rough-diamond finesses to the rustic style.
Accessories reflect this too. Choose pieces created by local artisan crafters, with pottery and locally woven textiles perfect for finishing the scheme. Or, if you want something from further afield, the look and field of Indian artefacts and textiles can fit well in a rustic styled home.

The Farmhouse Look
The farmhouse look is equally as appealing and if there is one obvious difference, it is the subtle rounding and polishing of the finish of farmhouse furniture.
Both styles have a homely appeal, and feature solid wood furniture, where comfort and practicality are just as important as style and function.

The wood used in farmhouse dining tables and other furniture tends to have a ‘flower grain’, that is accentuated when stained.
There is a traditional appeal to the farmhouse look, with many farmhouse rooms featuring painted furniture. The designs tend to be more complex, with detail.
Although still solid in appeal, form and aesthetic, there is a delicacy to farmhouse furniture that is not present in rustic pieces, such as the finesse of the detail found in Hoxton Oak farmhouse table, available to view in our showroom.

For colours, choose light, pretty tones such as light blue, neutral beige, or opt for the drama of cherry red with the appeal of sunrise yellow.
Accessories are stylish and functional, taking the best of not only local artisans, but national and global crafts too. Adding a hint of French style and interior design works well with the farmhouse style and appeal; the details found in French furniture work well in any room in the home, but especially in a farmhouse styled dining room.
This is our take on the differences between Rustic and Farmhouse styles, what do you think are the difference between these styles? We would love to hear from you!