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best of: dining rooms (square tables)

by Grace Bonney

Last month I decided to live out my dining room fantasy by rounding up 25 of my favorite dining rooms with round tables, and today I’m finishing with the rest! These 30 dining rooms show how beautiful (and dramatic) square and rectangular tables can be, and all of the different ways you can decorate and light them. If you’re looking for dining room ideas, this post will definitely keep you busy for a while. I hope you enjoy it! xo, grace

*If you’re looking for a new dining table, the D*S dining table guide (which I’m updating this fall) is right here.

Image above: Simple, understated elegance in the dining room of Lisel from The Jewels of New York.

Image above: Lyndsay and Fitzhugh’s amazing Brooklyn dining room combines chic modern Panton chairs with a rustic wooden table.

Image above: Susan and William Brinson’s New York dining room.

Image above: Dramatic outdoor dining in Amy Osaba’s Georgia back yard.

Image above: A modern mix of chairs is grouped around Dave Alhadeff’s Brooklyn dining room.

CLICK HERE for 25 more amazing dining rooms with square/rectangular tables after the jump!

Image above: Asia Gwis’ modern dining table.

Image above: Alethea Morrison’s dining room.

Image above: Basak’s dining table is made from an up-cycled door.

Image above: Jesse and Whitney Chamberlin’s dining room.

Image above: It’s no surprise that food photographer Penny De Los Santos’ kitchen dining table has amazing light.

Image above: Diana Richards’ dining room.

Image above: I love the plate wall in Elisabeth Dunker’s Swedish home.

Image above: Eliza Jane Curtis‘ dramatic outdoor dining area.

Image above: EmersonMade’s dining room.

Image above: The floor lamp in Emily Anderson’s dining room is a great alternative to chandeliers.

Image above: Jordan and Jason’s Brooklyn dining room.

Image above: Lourdes’ dramatic modern dining room.

Image above: An indoor picnic table in Nikole’s home.

Image above: Jill Malek‘s creative dining table is actually a working/draft table.

Image image: The Chicago dining room of Katrina Markoff of Vosges.

Image above: A dramatic black-and-white color scheme in the home of Maison 24’s Allison.

Image above: Jeremy Mcelwain’s colorful dining room.

Image above: Morgan Satterfield’s dining room.

Image above: Neryl Walker’s retro-inspired dining room.

Image above: Nina Gotlieb’s dining room.

Image above: Raina Kattelson’s Hudson Valley dining room.

Image above: Sandrine Place’s dining room.

Image above: Jacqueline Schmidt’s Brooklyn dining room.

Image above: Workstead’s Brooklyn dining room.

Image above: Laura Zindel‘s outdoor-porch dining area.

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  • Love this! I’m such a fan of square tables…I love the lines! And before I die, I WILL have a picnic table somewhere inside my house :)

  • love tables. love chairs. love benches. love kitchens. love best of posts.

    pretty please make a best of: courtyards/balconies.

  • Not one image with the a table in the round. Aesthetically, I choose the stage of the straight, but life in the real becomes more conversational with a softer edge.


    • teri

      did you see the link in the intro? i did an entire post of dining rooms with round tables already- there were too many great dining rooms to fit in one post so i broke them into 2 posts by table style. did you mean something else by “in the round” ?


  • ahhhhhh thank you!!!!!!! I’ve been looking around trying to come up with something to replace our (formerly bachelor pad) glass/metal table and chairs in the kitchen. I have a wooden table top that I love (compliments of dad’s bargain hunting) and needed a pedistal base and chairs. Found 4 chairs like the one in the first pic for $39 WITH the table (only need the pedistal base). My hubby vetoed it until I showed him this post – YAY hope it’s still there!!!!

  • I love the wood dining tables. I’ve grown up with a big wood table in the kitchen. The always look so inviting and you can just sit and chat there for hrs while cooking and having some freshly brewed coffee. Also spending family time together is very important and the kitchen table where everything happens is just the place! Love the ideas of the different dining places in the pics!

  • I just love the rectangle shaped tables! I enjoy the lines they contribute to a room. Mixing antique and modern makes for comfort, warmth, and great style! I’ve got the table I love, I’m just waiting to find just the right chairs. Cream chair covers are great, but they can get dirty in an instant. Especially if you have a black kitty cat (lol). I love these posted pictures, thank you!

  • What a fantastic collection of dining spaces! Lyndsay and Fitzhugh’s home has to be one of my favourite homes and posts of all time…love it! I also really love the mix of modern, rustic and vintage finds in many of these other dining rooms…thank you!

  • i am in love with these wooden dining tables…i too have a wooden dining table in my house.My father bought that table when i was born…and still i am in love with that dining table….thnak you for sharing such beautiful pictures.It remember me of my home.

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