There are many different ways to outfit a kitchen table, and what you put on top of that table isn’t the only thing worth considering. Sure, centerpieces and table settings make classic additions to any table, but what you put above, below, and around that kitchen table is worth considering, too.
Your table doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It exists within the context of your walls, chairs, floors, and kitchen at large. All of those elements can affect the way your kitchen table looks. Once you look at it that way, you’ll realize how many kitchen table ideas you have to play with—and how much décor inspo is out there worth perusing.
To jumpstart your decorating process, we’ve rounded up 23 kitchen table ideas—and we’ve pulled them straight from interior designers.
Invest in a Set of Eye-Catching Chairs
No kitchen table is complete without a set of chairs, so why not have a little fun with yours? Eye-catching chairs can dress up even the sleekest wooden table. Stock up on a matching set, or mix and match a bunch of chairs you love. Either way, you’re bound to end up with a statement-making space.
Put a New Spin on the Classic Table Runner
Table runners make a classic addition to any kitchen table. But, there are plenty of ways to make a tried-and-true table runner feel a little less traditional. One of them? Turn your table runner sideways.
Instead of letting it span the length of your kitchen table, turn it so it spans the width. This simple step will make your table runner feel a little bolder—even if it looks very traditional otherwise.
Build a Banquette
If you’re tucking your kitchen table into a corner, consider building a full-blown banquette. A banquette is a bench that sits against a wall—a little like a restaurant booth. And since it offers more tush space than a couple of bistro chairs, it’s an easy way to expand your seating set-up.
Building a breakfast nook requires a fair amount of work, but since it’ll make your space look more special and feel more functional, it’s worth the extra effort.
Take a Risk With Your Palette
Kitchen tables tend to share space with the kitchen, so they’re rarely as statement-making as dining rooms, powder rooms, or other standalone spaces. But, if you’re looking for ways to make yours feel a little more special, consider painting your walls, hanging some art, or springing for a colorful centerpiece.
These little additions can take your kitchen table from simple to statement-making. And if you really want to dress up your space, you can try all three at once.
Fill Your Table With Flowers
A vase full of flowers is the cherry on top of any kitchen table. No one said you had to limit yourself to just one, so consider separating one big bouquet into a bunch of smaller bouquets and spreading them around your table.
If you want to keep things simple, you can commit to matching flowers in matching vases, but a less coordinated approach would surely look as good.
Decorate From Ceiling to Floor
When many of us go to decorate our kitchen tables, we focus on what we’re putting on top of the table. But, this is just one of the many design elements that affect the way a kitchen table looks.
The chairs surrounding that table are another key consideration, and so is the lighting hanging above it and the rug resting below it. To ensure your kitchen table looks as great as possible, you’ll want to consider all of these elements from top to bottom.
Set the Scene With Statement Lighting
If you’re working with a particularly simple kitchen table, consider using statement lighting to dress it up. Pendant lights can make a kitchen table feel cozier by creating an implied boundary between your kitchen table and the rest of your space. And a chandelier will make any piece of furniture look like a luxury.
Use Paint to Segment Your Space
Since kitchen tables tend to share space with the kitchen, it can be tough to make them feel separate and like their own space worth spending time in. But, with a clever coat of paint, you can section off your kitchen table without putting up any new walls.
By painting the walls behind your kitchen table a different color than the rest of your kitchen, you can create implied boundaries in your space. Even a quick coat of paint framing your banquette can go a long way.