Good Questions: Choosing a Dining Table

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Help Janet choose a dining table:"Before we moved into our new place, my bf and I bought a great vintage dresser from someone on Craigslist. The sellers had bought it for their bedroom along with a matching armoire and nightstand, but didn't end up having enough room.

We ended up using the dresser as a buffet in our dining room (see pic) b/c the dimensions fit the large space really well."

"Then last week we saw another CL posting for the same buffet as well as a matching china cabinet left over from an estate sale! What are the chances? We bought the cabinet and are in the process of figuring out how to get it back to our place.

Now, my dilemma is figuring out what dining table/chairs will go best with these two pieces? Would it be too out-of-sync to get a darker colored chocolate or walnut table? Our wood floors are roughly the same color as the buffet/cabinet. I don't want everything to look too matchy, but I don't want something that's going to stick out like a sore thumb either. I like the look of the Danish teak tables, but I don't want the look of a Danish modern show room.

I've seen some nice tables at Crate and Barrel, but just can't decide...

A designer suggested the Cross-Extension table from DWR, but it looks kind of bulky to me (in design and price).



As for chairs, I saw a picture once of a honey/walnut covered table with white dining chairs, and I liked that look. But I think the table has to be the right color for it to work well...

Can anyone provide some suggestions? "

Well Janet, this seems like a perfect question to run a survey with, so here we go:

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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