I love the look of wood, for the rustic tones and natural warmth it gives. For me there are certain pieces of furniture you simply can’t beat in a natural wood finish, one in particular being an oak dining table.
There is something completely timeless about a wooden dining table; while interior trends may come and go, a classic oak dining table will stand the test of time and, with care, continue to look beautiful for many years into the future, making it a sensible investment.
As the focus for many a family meal, discussion or gathering, your dining table may also be a place to sit and work on your laptop, or somewhere for the kids to draw, create and play. I love that, year after year, it can be at the centre of so many important moments, memories and milestones. It really is more than just a piece of furniture – it’s a fundamental part of the home.
An oak dining table is incredibly versatile too – whether round, square or rectangular, it can works in lots of different room settings, suiting both a really modern or traditional interior. It can be styled to look rustic or elegant, and with some styles featuring extension leaves, you can size up for a dinner party or down for a more intimate meal.
For a really eclectic look, try mixing a variety of dining chairs. This is a great way to give a more informal appearance and is very on-trend. Oak specialists like the online Oak Furniture Company offer you a choice of purchasing any of their tables with a variety of chairs at special bundle savings to make it easy to achieve this look.
Oak is strong, sturdy and easy to keep clean. Having had an oak dining table for years, I can say that it is an extremely hardwearing wood and only improves with age, gaining more character over time – even those inevitable little marks and scratches can add a certain lived-in charm.
If I was designing a new dining room scheme right now for someone or myself, I would love to incorporate the Contemporary Oak Large Extending Table shown above. The light oak finish gives it a modern touch and the fact that you only have to attach the legs to set it up would make it easy to use in no time at all. It has a matt lacquered surface to protect the wood and mitred corners for a lovely bit of detailing.
Because it can fit up to 10 people, it would be an amazing table for Christmas dinner and I would be tempted to dress it in a Nordic style, with a classic white table runner, white napkins, handblown glassware, stunning white candles and a natural centrepiece made from pinecones and midwinter berries. Gorgeous!