Dining Room Ideas

10 ways to style up your timber dining table

Take your timber dining table to the next level with these styling tips.
how to style you timber dining tablePhotographer: Simon Whitbread

You’ve made your choice and invested in a natural timber dining table, the next step is deciding how to style it in your home.

The dining table is where all the action happens at home and whether yours is a contemporary marvel or an heirloom treasure, make a style statement with your furnishings and decorative items that surround it to create a cohesive look.

Scroll down for some stunning dining room spaces, all featuring a timber table as their centrepiece, to provide you with all the inspiration you need to create the entertaining zone (or home office) of your dreams.

1. Mix it up

When dining spaces do double duty, look to incorporate mismatched styles and textures in decor. Situated so close to the kitchen, this timber dining table doubles as a food prep surface. As this dining area becomes a home office, meeting room and meeting place, vintage metal chairs are padded with textural lambswool seats to sit for extended periods, while a pair of bold metallic pendants make a glamorous statement above lush indoor plants. A vintage rug insulates from both the weather and noise.

See more of this renovated coastal home here.

(Credit: Photographer: Louise Roche | Stylist: Kylie Jackes)

2. Modern and minimal

In a melange of monochrome, this custom-made American oak table’s rich black stain provides a foil for the vivid artwork. Minimal dining chairs in similar dark tones exhibit clean lines, as does the sharply contemporary chandelier, softened at the tips with warm white glass tubes. Swathes of sheer curtaining extend skyward for added drama.

See more of this striking family home here.

(Credit: Photographer: Nat Spadavecchia| Stylist: Fiona Gould)

3. White on white

We love an all-white room and it’s the combination of textures that makes this one work so well. A striking, billowy fabric pendant above the table echoes crisp white walls with a soft touch and a nod to its coastal location, whilst timeless No. 18 chairs are combined with a contemporary banquette seat in white smoked timber.

See more of this luxe coastal home here.

(Credit: Photographer: Louise Roche | Stylist: Kylie Jackes)

4. Elegant neutrals

Natural cane dining chairs add a hint of texture to this casual dining room with their hand-woven finish. Drawn up close to a smooth, round timber table, the neutral colour palette is in keeping with the surrounding natural elements of the garden and open-plan living space, while botanical artworks enhance the indoor/outdoor ambience.

See more of this magnificent home here.

(Credit: Photographer: Simon Whitbread | Stylist: Corina Koch)

5. Moody textures

Suspended above this mid-century modern dining setting is a striking replica George Nelson Saucer Bubble pendant to set the scene, while the stone feature wall highlights the fireplace and references the beachside location. A timber mantlepiece echoes the surface of the vintage table and original artworks carry tonal, neutral colours and introduce more texture still.

Explore more of this coastal mid-century modern home here.

(Credit: Photographer: Simon Whitbread | Stylist: Lisa Hilton)

6. Timber feature wall

Embrace the warmth of wood with a feature wall lined in timber just beyond your dining area. Particularly in an open-plan setting such as this, it ties everything together and tells a story of timber throughout your entire home.

A timber feature wall helps the timber dining table to tie in to this monochrome living and dining space. Photographer: Nikole Ramsay

7. Light and bright

With its soaring white cathedral ceilings and solid French oak flooring, this newly renovated cottage dining room is a drawcard for gatherings with family and friends. While not a large space, situating the dining area so close to the kitchen means everyone remains part of the action.

See more of this stylish weatherboard cottage here.

(Credit: Photographer: Helen Ward)

8. Keep it simple

Sometimes your dining table needs to take a back seat to more decorative elements in the space. Here, restored heritage architectural features such as arches and ceiling roses tell the story above stunning parquetry flooring. Elegant blue upholstered dining chairs are making a statement, so the subtle curve in the sleek dining table is all that’s needed to bring it to the design party.

See more of this renovated heritage home here.

(Credit: Photographer: Simon Whitbread | Stylist: Ashley Pratt)

9. Concrete floors

Awash with natural light, this centrally-located eating zone features flooring that’s both practical and stylish. Polished concrete anchors a monochrome scheme with black window frames, dining table and chairs giving bold strokes to double-height ceilings and 57 pendant lights, staggered above the table to create a breathtaking architectural effect.

See more of this spacious contemporary home here.

(Credit: Photographer: Brigid Arnott | Stylist: Fiona Gould)

10. Contemporary country

For a modern take on country style, evoke an atmosphere of comfort and rest with plenty of tactile layers of natural fabrics and textured walls in the colours of a country sunset. While the round timber table is a bold, contemporary silhouette, gathered foliage is displayed in a time-worn vessel and dusky-hued linens are a nod to the gentle rhythm of country life. The textured pendant takes things up a notch in the style stakes.

Explore more of this beach shack guesthouse here.

(Credit: Photographer: Brigid Arnott | Stylist: Tess Thyregod)

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