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How to Style an Oak Dining Table

Give your dining room table a refresh with a new colour scheme.


There’s no better time for a room refresh than spring, but that needn’t mean investing in new furniture; with a fresh coat of paint and a few new accent pieces, your space will be transformed in no time.

Here’s a blossom-inspired colour scheme idea that’ll make your dining space as darling as the buds of May.

The hero piece

A wooden dining table is a classic, so there’s no need to replace it, even if you’re in the market for a completely different look. This is John Lewis’ Alba extending dining table in Oak (£375), but any light wood table will work wonders in this scheme.

The colour scheme

Aside from being right on trend, pale pink is a great choice for making a space feel light and airy while feeling warm, so try Party Surprise 4 to compliment your dining furniture. Instead of white, team it with the palest of cool greys to keep the space from looking too saccharine – Clouded Pearl 3 is just the hue for the job. Finally, bring out the rich tones of your hero piece with Cherished Gold, which echos the warmth of wood brilliantly. Use it as a smaller accent in the space, such as a bold stripe or a narrow dado-height border. Food for thought, indeed…

The accessories

A statement light can dramatically change the feel of a space – consider Made.com’s Ilaria glass pendant in Berry – it’ll look fab against Party Surprise 4. Need new chairs? These modern Bradshaw chairs by Marks & Spencer (£129 for two), pick up on the gentle grey of Clouded Pearl two but will match a wooden table too. Or, you could paint your existing chairs in your wall colours for the ultimate in customised seating. Watch our How to Dip Dye you r Chair Legs step-by-step video to find out how. Add a few new decorative accessories to complete your new dining room; we love Ikea’s Harfin set of three candlestick holders (£15), which will set the mood for summer dining and add some height to your table decor. Bon Appetit!

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