Mid-century modern dining tables can infuse any space with timeless style that will stand the test of time. These dining tables, which are frequently made from organic materials such as solid wood, are not only built to last physically, but their elegantly simple, streamlined designs ensure that they will look fresh for years to come.
The simplicity of mid-century dining tables, with their clean lines, airy silhouettes, and streamlined designs, also means that they can seamlessly elevate a wide range of aesthetics, from mid-century looks to contemporary, eclectic, Scandinavian, and beyond.
What Characterizes a Mid-Century Modern Dining Table?
Mid-century modern dining tables can look quite different, but they all share a few key design elements. Margaret Caroll describes mid-century design as “characterized by a sense of comfort, functionality, and simplicity.” “The design elements have an organic feel to them, and they evoke nostalgia for the 1950s and 1960s.”
Many mid-century modern dining tables have simple, streamlined silhouettes, organic materials such as wood, and long tapered legs that lend a light and airy feel. Mid-century modern dining tables, with their elegant simplicity, can elevate virtually any look, regardless of your style sensibility.
Expandable Dining Table from the 1950s
West Elm’s mid-century modern dining table has clean lines and a lovely walnut finish. It is sleek and elegant, and it would look great in any home. The angled legs create interesting geometric shapes and a visually appealing design. The table is available in three different sizes, making it suitable for any room in the house. For extra storage, pair your dining room with a credenza.
Conan Dining Table
This wood dining table is ideal for small spaces, seating four to six people. To complement your tablescape, it has solid wood legs and a walnut veneer tabletop with a subtle starburst design. You can complete your look by purchasing a matching side table.
“This Conan table is built with warm, inviting walnut wood, and the legs on it have almost a Jetson’s-like appeal,” says Margaret Carroll of its unique features. There’s no need for a tablecloth because the tabletop has a fantastic starburst pattern!”
Bali Dining Table
Do you want to bring big style into a small space? Consider bringing this lovely round dining table into your home. The solid bentwood legs instantly elevate the table, while the walnut veneer tabletop adds plenty of organic warmth. The dining table’s modest 40-inch diameter won’t take up too much valuable square footage, but it can still comfortably seat four people, making it an excellent choice for smaller families. To complete the look, pair with the Baldwin Dining Chairs.
What to consider in Mid-century modern dining room
Include a Bench
Adding a bench can be a simple way to add more seating while also paying homage to mid-century design. If you have the space, why not go a step beyond a bench and add a full banquette? The retro-cool look brings a lot of midcentury bang for your buck into the dining room.
Maintain the Natural
By echoing the texture throughout the space, you can highlight the natural beauty of Danish modern design, such as those iconic wishbone chairs. A modern light fixture and wooden ceiling add a sense of balance to this space. The perfectly imperfect wooden table embodies the midcentury aesthetic and is a stunning focal point that we can’t take our eyes off of.
While midcentury modern is great for experimenting, you can keep things cohesive by using a monochromatic color scheme. Another possibility? Lean heavily on natural materials such as wood and wicker—the colors tend to blend together beautifully.
Allow Natural Light to Enter
Flooding your dining room with natural light is ideal for midcentury modern design if you have access to it. Arrange your dining set near open or unrestricted windows to take advantage of the view while also allowing the light to highlight the color scheme and distinct lines that are so prevalent in this style. Just don’t forget to include a stylish light fixture that can be used after the sun goes down.