This bold approach to a modern farmhouse kitchen table was just the lifestyle change a Washington, D.C.-area, couple needed after living for 10 years in their 1,400-square-foot, two-story home with its snug 7½- by the 11-foot kitchen. With their twin boy and girl hitting preteen years, they were eager for a generous space that would bring the family together to cook, eat, do homework, relax and enjoy one another’s company.
Doubling the original house with a 1,400-square-foot, two-story addition afforded designer Katharine Otis an ample 630-square-foot ground-floor area to create a spacious 400-square-foot kitchen with an expansive counter island, a dining banquette, and an adjoining family room. “We spend most of our time in the kitchen-family room, just like you predicted!” homeowner Jennie Rosen wrote to Otis. And the original 84-square-foot kitchen? It’s now the powder room.
blue stain on the perimeter custom cabinetry, but opted for simple white cabinetry for the island. Traditional bronze cabinet hardware is paired with modern counter stools, while a farm sink and old-style seeded glass cabinet fronts are juxtaposed with modern bright white quartz countertops. The island’s barn-gate-style legs at either end and mercury glass pendants read traditional, but they play against the modern induction stovetop and flush-mounted stove hood in the floating soffit. And, of course, dominating the space is the decidedly modern tile wall — the room’s focal point — that pumps up the volume on the kitchen’s otherwise cool color scheme.
Kitchen island pendants: Mercury three-light pendant in Old Iron, F2563, Troy Lighting; custom backsplash tile: Sabine Hill, Arch Ceramics; swivel counter stools: Wyndham, Arteriors; upholstered counter seats: custom Elysian stools, Lawson & Fanning; upholstery fabric: Hallingdal, Maharam; Roman shades: linen blend in Ash, The Shade Store; paint: Sleigh Bells 1480, Benjamin Moore.
Round and oval dining tables make conversing with dinner guests easier and prevent the dreaded corner bump as you walk past. And with a pedestal table, you also get the benefit of being able to squeeze in a few extra seats in a pinch — perfect for holiday entertaining, when everyone seems to bring a friend. Whether you already have a table you love and are looking for fresh ideas for chairs, or you’re starting from scratch, see which of these 10 table and chair matchups appeals to you.