Dining table trends have changed more in recent years than any other home furniture. With changing lifestyles, demands and needs, dining tables have seen a shift from perfunctory tables to tables with much more personality. Today there is more choice in shapes, colors, materials and more than ever.
The overarching interior trends that we see elsewhere in the house also apply to the dining table. Softer, more fluid shapes are a welcome addition to a dining room, where furniture tends to fall back on boxy, rectangular designs, while bolder materials are also embraced in forward-thinking projects.
With that in mind, we consulted our interior designers contact form for their thoughts on the dining table trends inspiring them right now.
Aditi is a home writer and editor with several years of experience. Her articles, backed by expert insights, offer suggestions to help readers make the best home design choices. For this article, she spoke to top experts to gauge the dining table trends that will be big next year.
10 2023 dining table trends to watch out for
It’s not just about aesthetics, of course. A dining table can be an expensive investment, so you will also need to take the time in your search to tick the key criteria that you hope the table will meet at home. “After the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of people enjoying themselves at home as we are all trying to regain the lost social opportunities of recent years,” say Pashmin and Satyajeet, founders of Amoeba design (opens in new tab). “While aesthetics play an important role, one of the main dining room ideas we see is greater versatility.”
‘If desired, the dining table can also serve as a study/work desk. Eating together with family and friends is one of the most intimate experiences of our lives in any home. It connects people and becomes a place of extensive conversations.’
The dining table is undoubtedly the heart of this space, so how do you make this piece of furniture feel special?
1. Casual Settings
Using benches next to dining tables is not your typical formal dining room setup. However, designers are turning to sofas for this casual feeling they evoke in the design of both large and small dining rooms.
‘What we recently found was that sofas are a great ‘democratizing’ piece of furniture; 75-year-olds would enjoy it just as much as a 7-year-old,” said Barbora Vokac Taylor, founder of Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect Inc (opens in new tab). “It makes for a great experience at family gatherings and our customers loved how it would instantly create a more comfortable and casual atmosphere.”
“Sofas often give a casual feel to more formal spaces and easily turn dining areas into work tables for both kids and adults to do some work around a communal table,” says Barbora. ‘We like to make all the rooms in a house more difficult. The dining room can fulfill several functions during the day, especially in more urban homes where space is scarce.’
2. Bold Colors
Dining tables tend to live in neutral color palettes – be it wood, marble or glass, the most common table top materials are subtle additions to your space. However, a new approach designers are taking with dining tables is not to apologize with color, making this piece the statement piece of the space.
For a luxuriously modern look, make sure to keep the surrounding dining room’s colors minimal and muted if you opt for a bold and bright table, as this is the largest piece of furniture in the room and has maximum visual impact.
3. Surfboard tables
Oval, elongated, pill-shaped, whatever you call them, these semi-rectangular soft edges are the perfect shape for modern designers. Rounded dining tables provide ample space for guests, but appear to take up less space visually due to their rounded corners.
‘Surfboard dining tables have been popular for a while,’ says Brooklyn designer Jarrett Yoshida (opens in new tab). “I think we are all used to seeing a rectangular piece, but given that dining rooms are no longer enclosed spaces, there is a need for pieces that make it easy to move around in the space. The rounded corners create a less visual block. They also allow for comfortable end table positions that most oval dining tables don’t allow.’
These types of tables are also very suitable for families with small children or seniors. The rounded edges reduce accidents and provide softer surfaces for people to move in. Tables with round edges, as opposed to rectangular tables with sharp edges, visually look less bulky
Aside from table tops, there is also a growing popularity for alternative table bases that create sculptural forms, as seen in this dining room by interior designer Kelly Wearstler (opens in new tab). The bold spherical legs give the furniture a striking look, but it is the bold use of stripes that really sets this space apart.
We see stripes returning as a design trend throughout the home, from striped walls to textiles and wallpaper. Dining tables may be the trend’s most unexpected example, but they are a hallmark of Kelly’s style as designers such as Patricia Urquiola have reimagined marble tables with bold stripes (opens in new tab)and Brooklyn furniture brand Fort Standard has an incredible striped oak table (opens in new tab) set that is sure to inspire.
5. Farmhouse Style Table
When designing a dining room, think about its practicality and buy furniture that perfectly fits those needs. A farmhouse table is suitable for families or those who entertain on a regular basis. These tables are usually made of oak or pine, which makes them robust and pleasant to look at.
Before buying this style of table, consider whether you’re going for a French Colonial table that looks more high-end, or one with the rustic feel of an English country farmhouse.
“I love the old soul that brings a farmhouse table to a dining space,” says Lance Thomas, founder of Thomas Guy Interiors (opens in new tab). ‘It stands humbly in the room as a round version of a farmhouse table. Antique dining tables are also great because you don’t have to worry too much about scratching the table or leaving water rings. If a table has been around for over a hundred years, rest assured that you’re not the first to ever spill a glass of wine on it. And all those years of imperfections make an antique dining table perfect.’
6. Live Edge Wood
One of the current design trends that will skip to 2023 is the use of live edge wood. The concept is the use of one continuous sheet of wood as a table top, on which the outline of the tree can still be seen. The created look is organic, natural and earthy.
Interestingly, with the right mix and match, a table like this fits any style. Consider using a live edge tabletop on a metal or glass table frame. Not only does this create a striking contrast in an apartment dining room, but it also brings a modern flair to a space that could have seemed too rustic.
“I think you have to be careful when using dining tables with natural edges in a room,” Lance says. ‘I use them almost exclusively to create a definitive sense of tension and contrast between more contemporary elements in the space. Dining tables with natural edges have an earthy and rustic character and if there’s not something else in the room to contrast that, I think it’s a little shabby.’
7. Dark Wood Styles
Dark woods haven’t always stood the test of time in the design world, but this more antique-inspired wood is making a comeback, challenging the blonde woods that have dominated in recent years. After all, wood is a timeless trend for dining tables.
“We love wood as a material for dining tables because it’s timeless,” say designers Pashmin and Satyajeet of Amoeba Design. ‘It adds warmth to the total space. The tactile experience of wood is always softer; not only for our hands, but also for our crockery. Wood ages beautifully and whatever the interior style; it will always find its way.’
8. High and Low
Create a stylish mix of modern and rustic for an eye-catching design. If you have a vintage table, pair it with modern chairs and hang a sleek dining room lighting piece above it for a stylish flair.
‘For this project I mixed a 100 year old table made by a family member with modern white dining room chairs from Philippe Starck (opens in new tab)and a lamp of West Elma (opens in new tab),’ says interior designer Mary Patton (opens in new tab). ‘A real mix of high, low and priceless.’
9. Modern Banquet Chairs
As socializing at home continues to surge, the need for larger seating areas is becoming a huge demand. Homeowners are now looking for seating systems other than the large dining table or custom designs for flexibility.
Banquets are a popular choice and will remain so in 2023. Custom furniture for niches or long banquets that can accommodate more people than you think will prevail. These work great as ideas for an eat-in kitchen, or as an extra cozy spot in the conventional dining room.
“This was a family room banquet that provided our customers with a casual dining space to share a meal with their family and friends,” said Marie Turner Carson, founder of M. Elle Design (opens in new tab). ‘The gracious yet cozy seating provides an intimate setting for two or ten people. The subtle stripe attracts the attention of the large banquet.’
10. High Quality Materials
When it comes to a dining table, the material is a big investment, but marble dining tables are nothing short of an eye-catcher without exception. If you have fallen in love with the allure of marble, go for a dining table made with it and create a statement at home.
Following other design trends, more interesting marbles and granites trending our old favorite Carrara. Think bold green and blue marbles, especially when paired with varieties with striking veins.