City, country, city

A farmhouse table evokes so much; a fire roaring at the hearth, a freshly prepared dinner, family gathered round. that doesn't mean that the table has to sit at the heart of a literal farmhouse though - these are pieces that will see you from city to country and season to season.

Rustic living and dining is a dream of many, but is sometimes seen as out of reach for those unable to up sticks and relocate to a secluded farmhouse setting. Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, provides her top tips for creating a farmhouse dining room to rival even the most rural of homes.

"Oak is a traditional, rustic wood that instantly gives even the most modern home a farmhouse touch. Dining chairs with cross back detailing, such as the Kendal (above), add an extra countryside feel, particularly when combined with dark leather seat pads. For those tight on space, extending dining tables are a must-have – saving vital space while still catering for larger family gatherings when needed."

Blend traditional and modern to change the context of a farmhouse table so it looks at home even in a cool, contemporary setting.

"For a more formal setting, button back, fabric chairs with light wooden legs (above) are the perfect combination of traditional and modern styling. They’re also the practical option for comfy everyday dining - or lengthy dinner parties! Adding a shaggy rug to the room along with a flower arrangement and traditional crockery gives the contemporary furniture a classic, farmhouse twist."

Farmhouse extending kitchen table with Hatfield dining chairs

You can say a lot with colour and texture too. Ground the room in earthy, rusty tones and add a farmhouse table for a dining room that is both classic and elegant, while still being fresh and inspiring.

"Farmhouse tables are a classic that look just as good against raw, unfinished brick walls as they do in an airy modern dining room. The devil's in the details - the chairs will help to round out the look, with smart, simple wooden chairs for a homey feel or upholstered chairs for an extra touch of luxury."

Or go in another direction and accent the space with cool, grey tones against a dark table for a look that is simultaneously edgy and tasteful.

"In larger spaces, darker, chestnut wood works well - whether you’re a traditionalist or a fan of shabby chic. The double pedestal Cavendish table (above) is easily extendable when guests descend and can be partnered with a range of rich, dark wood dining chairs from button-back fabric to soft faux leather."

City, country, city; the beauty of juxtaposition lies in the unusual, the unexpected. Surprise your guests (and yourself) with where your imagination can take you when you relocate and rethink these favourites.

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