Good Question: Dining Table for Newly Renovated Space?

Good Question: Dining Table for Newly Renovated Space?

Q. We are in the process of renovating our kitchen, which included knocking down a wall between our kitchen and dining room and adding an island. Our island has a beautiful walnut top, but we're now struggling with what kind of dining table to purchase given it will be so close to the island. We want wood, but what kind of wood would work with the walnut island top without looking too coordinated? We love the look of the walnut dining tables at Lekker Home (Ethnicraft), but are worried it will look too coordinated. Also like their oak and teak but not sure about placing these types of woods near the walnut top. Have thought about a rustic barnwood table of some sort, but that may look too rustic next to our shiny new kitchen...

A. We don't think a coordinated walnut table would look bad at all. The first thing you need to do is get a large, bright area rug for the dining room to bring the light level up to the range of the kitchen — probably something in the creamy neutral family with a pattern. Then, once you have a nice, bright base for the room, I think any wood table that you really love would fit just fine.

We're not a stickler for matching or not-matching wood colors, our house is full of a variety and it all works out fine in the end. We'd encourage you to buy the table you love!

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