The first consideration is, how much space do you have to play with? If you hanker after a statuesque number like the rectangular Balmoral, you need a room with proportions that can accommodate it. If you squeeze a handsome table like this it into a too-small space, it won’t have room to shine. Your guests won’t be able to move chairs out easily and your room will feel on the cramped side.
That’s when a more compact style such as the Harrogate – still reassuringly solid, but with scaled down dimensions – comes to the fore. Conversely, if you live in a home with lots of space and high ceilings, a slim, petite table with refined legs and fine detailing, such as the Sheldrake, could look too slight.