We think it works best when the proportions of your dining table mirror those of its setting.
So, for example, choose a large round or square shape to complement a big open space, or a long, banqueting-style table to suit a narrow space. The table should be placed so it follows the lines of the room and draws the eye along it, such as in this blue kitchen featuring our Carter table.
Look at the features in your home, too. For example, in the room mentioned above, the shape of the table echoes the cabinetry and shelves, while in the green Suffolk kitchen pictured, the square table reflects the shape of the window.
In a compact space, such as a cottage kitchen or a studio flat, a round table may be the best option. Not only does it make moving around easier, but it’ll also create breathing space, helping the room to feel less ‘boxy’ and more ‘cute’.
Round tables also work well in the knocked-through living/dining rooms common in Victorian homes. These can feel a bit tunnel-like, but a rounder shape at one end of the space will soften this impression.