The Center of the Home The Oval Kitchen Table
One of your first considerations is the size of your oval kitchen table. If it’s designed to be an eat-in kitchen and you’ve got plenty of room for the kitchen table set, you’ve got many options. But if you’ve got just a corner to fill, you can still make it work. Measure carefully to see what size table will fit. Be sure to consider the space you’ll need to move chairs out from the table; three feet from the edge of the table is a good rule of thumb.
How many people usually sit around your oval kitchen table? If you live alone or if you’re a couple, you can probably get a small bistro table and a pair of chairs. If you are seating a larger family or regularly make room for a few extra people, a round or oval kitchen table may let you squeeze in an extra chair, because they don’t have corners. And you have a choice with tabletop height-it can be standard height, counter height, or a tall pub-height table. Look at your space and try to envision the tabletop at different levels. One style may be more appealing than the others.
After you decide on the size and shape of the oval kitchen table, you can start looking for your kitchen table set. This is where your sense of style and your personal preferences come into play. Do you have traditional decor? Are you looking for Shaker, Country, Victorian, Mid-century Modern, Scandinavian, Mission, or European design? You can find a wide choice of sets in wood in various finishes. If you want to add a natural material to your kitchen, you can select a kitchen table set with a marble, granite, tile, or slate top. Some designs integrate stone with wood for a handsome look.
A perennial favorite is a glass top oval kitchen table. You can find a glass-topped kitchen table set with a fanciful metal base, a solid wooden base, and a woven rattan base. Choosing a kitchen table set with the base in a material that coordinates with your decor, but using a glass top keeps the look light and open.