If you prefer to let the cuisine and conversation to take centre stage over dining room decor at meal times, a minimalist look perfectly suits your attitude and aesthetic. But minimalist dining suites should be stylish, not sterile. Indeed, the aim is to evoke a sense of simple sophistication through the use of natural materials, interesting textures and a basic palette based on blacks, whites, neutrals and metallics.
So without further adieu, here are my top 10 favourite minimalist looks with clean contours, setting the perfect stage for everything from formal dinners to family meals.
If you are trying to cut clutter, consider the Carter Stainless Steel Dining Table in Graphite. The versatile piece could serve as the centre of a dining suite and easily double as a drafting table or desk when you need an expansive work space. In the dining room, pair the table with the Dalton Dining Chair, upholstered in crisp white, to maintain a minimalist colour scheme.
A neutral colour scheme and natural materials dominate design in minimalist homes. To create a dining suite just as suited to the sunroom as the dining room, start with the Murphy Double Pedestal Dining Table. With its distinctive slatted timber base, the Murphy pairs a pop of texture and warmth with the clean contours and open space offered by its timber top. Couple the table with the Spencer Dining Chair, featiring a raw timber frame fitting the focus on natural materials and subtly patterned upholstery that won’t distract from a casual luxe aesthetic.
The Manhattan Dark Oak Extension Table is a masterpiece of minimalism with its fumed oak surface set atop an artisan metal base, proving interesting without any ornamentation. To complete the look and maximise the minimalist aesthetic, pair it with items from the same line -l such as my Manhattan Dark Oak Buffet and the Manhattan Upholstered Dining Chair, covered in a neutral microfibre suede, adding a layer of texture that perfectly complements the table’s clean lines. Consider a simple centrepiece of items found in nature to set off the suite’s sophisticated style.
For smaller settings, take a look at the Rosewell Round Dining Table. With its trendy hairpin legs, the Rosewell proves minimalist design is anything but bland and boring. At the same time, the table’s rich timber top brings the piece back to nature and firmly in line with minimalist design principles.
To emphasise those natural elements and complete the look of mid-century minimalism with modern flair, flank the Rosewell with a collection of Simmons Dining Chairs while mixing martinis atop the Mahattan Four Drawer Dark Oak Console.
With its perfect proportions, the Jefferson Extension Timber Dining Table epitomises the minimalist ideal of balance through the use of natural materials and colour schemes. Add aspects of texture and subtle pattern by pairing it with the Manhattan Dark Oak Dining Chair. Finally, focus on lighting - an integral element in minimalist design - by mounting a series of Rochefort Wire Pendant Lights overhead.
The Providence Extension Timber Dining Table pairs its minimalist profile with a rough sawn wood surface that ensures every table is unique, while adding aspects of warmth and texture to the piece’s otherwise unadulterated minimal aesthetic. Try matching it with the Cardiff DIning Chair, contrasting a dark timber frame with light upholstery and add visual interest while keeping the colour scheme natural and neutral. As a centrepiece, forgo fussy flowers in favour of a vase of cuttings that showcase fall foliage or simple summer greenery.
Featuring a matte gold pedestal base, fumed oak top and timber grain that lends a brilliant starburst motion to its surface, the Manhattan Round Light Oak Dining Table brings its distinctive features together to create a look that’s clean, comfortable and anything but cold. Try pairing it with the Montauk Side Chair, offering square geometric details providing contrast to the table’s circular profile without adding an excess of visual clutter.
You don’t have to build a bar to create the perfect spot for the Charleston Bar Stool, featuring an upholstered seat that adds both comfort and texture while keeping the piece’s primary lines, rendered in rich timber, clean. Consider coupling it with the Rosewell High Breakfast Table to create a casual dining area in even the smallest space.
The Clinton Buffet’s rich timber finish, modern profile and stylishly spartan hardware make it an ideal addition to any timber dining suite in need of extra storage space to clear clutter and maintain the minimalist focus on flat surfaces and visual balance. Use it as a storage solution to keep linen napkins and contemporary crockery close at hand.
And, in keeping with minimalist design principles, consider adding art, mounted above the buffet, offering a element of contrast to a palette otherwise dominated by neutral and natural tones.
Perhaps no material is more minimalist than glass, which serves as the centrepiece in the Manhattan Glass Top Dining Table. Adding to a long list of minimalist design elements is a matte gold base complete with dark fumed oak insets that creates a colour palette complete with natural and metallic tones. Due to a spotless geometric surface and gold base, the glass top table pairs just as well with light woods at it does dark, making it the perfect match for the Manhattan Light Oak Touch Buffet.
Consider completing the suite with a few Manhattan Light Oak Craftsman Dining Chairs, upholstered in a neutral hue of microfibre suede, or the Manhattan Upholstered Dining Chairs, which echo the table’s subtle touches of matte gold.
Whether you favour glass, wood, or metal minimalist styles, I hope these suggestions help you assemble a dining suite that will inspire you to declutter your entertaining space to let food, friends and family shine in a setting of simple serenity.
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