traditional dining rooms
From the custom metal-front cabinets to the silver nailhead trim on the chairs, this dining room is rooted in sleek sophistication. Overhead, an Italian chandelier crafted from Murano glass anchors the center of the room, where a solid yet sleek dining table stands grandly. Navy blue upholstery with silver trellis design on the chairs brings dignified color to the space. The gray faux bois-inspired wallpaper bridges the gap between the light and dark tones.
Stained wood is the most popular finish for dining tables. Choose cherry to fit classic traditional style, think oak or maple for a country or cottage look, and pick dark (black or brown espresso) stains to match modern design. Darker stains are sleek and sophisticated but also show dust and scratches more quickly than natural tones./
When considering table finishes, know your tolerance for wear. Glossy sheens and dark stains or paints show nicks faster, while light woods and distressed finishes disguise them. Choose watertight coatings to avoid water rings. Skip glass tops in high-traffic areas or homes with lots of little fingers./
A solid wood table doesn't include other materials, such as plywood or particleboard. These tables are durable and long-lasting because most scratches and stains can be repaired. On the other hand, solid wood tables are more expensive, and the wood can split over time./