Which is the best choice for a dining table, light or dark wood?

The dining table is an important purchase. As well as its dimensions, there is style to consider as well as shape. It needs to be a highly practical choice that brings functionality to your formal dining room or to your kitchen diner.

As well as these factors, do you consider the colour of the table top? Would lighter hues of oak and beech be your choice or do you prefer darker woods, such as the darker tones of a reclaimed rustic table top?

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In our latest poll, we asked our followers about which colour table top did they prefer, giving four choices from our dining table range. It was a popular poll, and the light table top pipped the dark table top into second place, but only just…

The light table top

Clean, fresh and elegant, there is a modern feel to reclaimed wood furniture made from lighter coloured wood. Both the light tables used in the poll garnered equal votes and it is easy to see why.

Chalfont Industrial Wood Dining Table and Velvet Chairs

With a light table top, the ‘industrial style meets glamour’ of the Chalfont industrial dining table is proving popular. Swapping the normally black or stainless steel metal finish for a rose gold effect, there is a lightness and elegance to this dining table that is attractive.

Pair it with light coloured dining chairs – cool leather upholstered dining chairs are the perfect addition to sit alongside this piece of industrial style furniture.

Rocco Industrial Oak Dining Table

Drawing equal attention was the Rocco oak dining table. Of all the woods to be used in furniture, oak must surely be the best? Light and cool to the touch, there is a pleasing solidness to this slow-growing timber that makes it a firm favourite for a reclaimed wood dining table.

At home with any style, this oak table top sits atop black, metal spider legs, something that is as attractive as the table top itself.

Pair with equally as decadent dining chairs but again, we think the cool touch of leather dining chairs is the perfect match.

The dark table top

Moody, classic and somewhat traditional in its appeal, the dark table top is a delight in both the formal dining room setting or the kitchen/diner.

Beam Industrial Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

The darker dining table that came out on top was the Beam reclaimed wood dining table. The classic rectangular shaped table top with the black metal frame legs at each short end gives it a pleasant simplicity that doesn’t detract from its elegance.

We’ve used light coloured upholstered dining chairs but this dining table could sit easily alongside velvet dining chairs too.

Blackbone Industrial Oak Dining Table

In fact, the beauty of a dark wood table top, in our minds at least, is that you can afford to choose a stronger colour to partner it. The Blackbone dining table is a sight to behold especially with its gold coloured metal framework. A superb fusion of industrial and the glamour look, this dining table needs dining chairs that are equally as dramatic. Opt for statement velvet upholstered dining chairs in magenta, sage green or even a midnight navy.

Which of these dining tables catches your eye?


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