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The Modern Dining Room: Keeping Family Traditions Around the Dining Room Table

The Modern Dining Room: Keeping Family Traditions Around the Dining Room Table

Posted by Tara Silvestri on Oct 1st 2019

It’s that time of year again. As we prepare for the holidays, we think about entertaining, family dinners and who’s hosting Thanksgiving. (please let it be mom, please let it be mom.) Many of us will dust off dining room chairs – literally – in anticipation of actually using our dining room table and chairs! But, why wait for the big three; Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, to take advantage of the tradition and memory-making that inevitably takes place in the dining room?

Dining Room Table

We realize that the days of pot roast on Sunday afternoons at Grandma’s house might be a rarity. Today’s families are more likely piled on a sectional rooting for the Jags and eating burgers, dogs and pizza. However, we still believe and are thankfully seeing at JaxCo, the trend that modern-day families still desire the togetherness and tradition that a dining room table brings as family, friends and extended family break bread together. Webster’s Dictionary defines tradition as, “the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation” and your dining room table can be the perfect conduit.

There’s ultimately a reason that builders still build homes with dining rooms – deep down people long for the shared experience of sitting around the table enjoying a home-cooked meal and good conversation. This longing is innate to our beings, and therefore deserves to be honored in our busy, modern day lives.

Distinctly different from the kitchen table which is nestled in the hubbub of the home, the dining room table is usually in a quieter, set apart space perfect for all kinds of activities; family game nights, girls’ nights with the neighborhood ladies, homework and school projects, and our personal favorite, puzzle marathons – all of these things bring us together in memorable, lasting ways.

Thankfully, modern day dining room décor has all the feels of Grandma’s but with a contemporary twist on design. Gone are stuffy styles with painfully uncomfortable chairs. Today's dining room tables are inviting, stylish and big on comfort! From modern farmhouse to city condo to the Bohemian beach bungalow, there is a dining room table to fit your space and style.

Modern Day Farmhouse Dining Room Table

Washed Finish Dining Room Table with Bench

This dining room table with a washed finish comes with four upholstered chairs and a bench, and has all the feels of a modern day farmhouse, oozing warmth and style. Who doesn't want to cozy up for a home-cooked meal and great conversation around this spacious table? The extended bench makes it perfect for families with children, and the coordinating server is oh-so charming with the open shelving and drawers for storage. 

Cottage Style Dining Room Table with Server

Cottage Style Dining Room Table

Nothing says cottage style quite like a white-washed wood finish. This inviting table features a beautiful natural finish on the table atop white washed legs. Chairs are topped off with neutral upholstery fabric with nailhead trim. This set also comes with a coordinating buffet that features metal details, giving it more of a rustic edge. 

A Round Table Offers an Intimate Setting

Round Dining Room Table

A round table is more often seen in a kitchen than a dining room. Most dining rooms are configured for long, rectangular tables making them unsuitable for a round table and chairs. However, if you have the appropriate layout for a round table, consider the benefits a circular option offers: intimacy and better opportunity for group conversation. No more being stuck at one end of the table and unable to connect with your long lost cousin at the other end of the table. A round table design allows everyone to engage in the circle of conversation.

Contemporary Design Adds the Ultimate in Sophistication

Contemporary Dining Room Table with Metal Accents

Not all modern dining room tables embrace today's casual lifestyle. If you are planning regular dinner parties that require a sophisticated atmosphere, there are plenty of designs that offer sophistication and formality without being stuffy and uncomfortable. Contemporary design with sleek lines, hardwood finish and metal accents are just a few of the features we love about this stylish set.

Retro Inspiration for this Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Table and Chairs

Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Table

Probably one of the hottest trends in home decor is retro-inspired Mid-Century Modern and that trend does not stop at dining room decor. Much like rustic design dominated much of interior design over the last several years, modern has risen to the forefront of interior trends. There are hundreds of modern-inspired blogs, sites and Instagram accounts dedicated to modern design which has influenced its popularity. The modern trend is here to stay, and with its fresh, open vibe, we can see why!

Need more dining room inspo? Check out our showroom in Jacksonville, Florida, or visit us online! One of our design consultants would love to help you discover the dining room table of your dreams!