5 elegant table styles for the ultimate fine-dining experience

Family meals, dinner parties, holidays spent gathered around good food and company – the dining table is at the centre. Having a beautiful, sturdy, timeless dining table is an absolute essential for any modern home, and it’s important that you choose a design that will complement the room. If your dining table is on its last legs (literally and metaphorically), here are five elegant, contemporary styles to consider for your home.

1. Marble

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Marble – or marble effect – is a luxurious, classic material. A marble table’s versatility means it can fit into any dining room; however, it works especially well with neutrals and metallics. This Mykonos dining table from Harveys incorporates black accents for a dramatic effect.

2. Glass

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For a chic, minimalist vibe, a glass table top is the perfect way to go. There are so many different ways to experiment with glass: it complements every colour and works well with other materials, like the chrome detailing on this Athens glass table from Fishpools (shown above).

3. Reclaimed wood

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You can’t go wrong with a classic wooden table. To take the trend to the next level, opt for reclaimed wood. There are such unique variations within the wood that you will be getting a truly one-of-a-kind piece to last you a lifetime, and your dining space will ooze rustic, vintage elegance. 

4. Monochromatic

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For a sleek, futuristic dining area, try all-white, like this Bramante extending dining table from Made. A consistent neutral colour scheme can help infuse a stuffy room with light and space. Plus, it’s an ideal canvas to play with pops of colour, should you wish to switch things up!

5. Steel & Iron

Iron and steel are great to work with because they complement other textures so well. However, too much of these materials can feel impersonal and overly sterile, so use it only as an accent. Mix iron or steel with distressed, vintage wood for an industrial look or marble for a futuristic vibe.


There’s no doubt about it, everyone needs a dining table. With so many different styles and materials to choose from, you can create your desired atmosphere for your home, whether you’re going for modern and minimal to warm and rustic. 


This is a collaborative post with Fishpools -  the South East's largest quality furniture store.