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Pull up a seat: 6 dining tables that are stylish and functional all at once

From clear glass tops to tables on wheels.

OPEN-PLAN SPACES are what many people want for their living areas, as they promote more room and independent activities while still staying connected with family.

This can often mean that the classic dining table may need an update – what looked good in its own contained space, might look a little out of place when it’s out in the open.

Your open-plan space might also want to fit a lot of people, because sharing food is where many people congregate. So, this week we’ve looked for some modern dining table designs that are as stylish as they are functional.

Go clear: A see-through table top is great for creating the illusion of space and keeping things light and airy. This plain table top lets @westwing_es show off an interesting design element by accompanying the table with chairs that have similar criss-crossed legs.

Nab the Claro dining table from Next for a clearer view.

Mirror another area: @tam_i_tu keeps their dining table in line with the kitchen in this open-plan space, to ensure perfect flow and promote interaction between each area. White surfaces add cohesion, and the table’s wood finish creates contrast and ensures the room isn’t a total white wash-out.

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The Padstow extending dining table from Marks and Spencer is a similar find.

Show off your space: Brazilian design company @heals_furniture can easily seat up to eight people with this impressively-sized modern table. We love how this photo manages to highlight this gorgeous dining area with stand-out light fixtures and matching padded chairs.

Check out the cross-extending table in oak from Heal’s.

Use the room wisely: Even if your open-plan space is on the smaller side, you should still be able to find the perfect table option. @simplypaintedwhite gets clever with the space by using a round dining table, which works much better than a rectangle one in a space like this. The window seat adds to the seating numbers as well.

If you have a similar space, try the Lange Jan Sydney extendable round dining table from Woo Design.

Change the position with wheels: Another idea worth its salt is a dining table on wheels, like @cappucino_um_10 shows here. This is especially handy if your open-plan space leads out to the patio for summer meals; you can shake things up instantly and make sure the table works for any situation.

It might take a bit of assembly, but the Solid reclaimed wood dining table from vidaXL.ie is a great start.

Add an interesting finish: @nuovoliving_redbrick’s inspiring space is predominantly white, so hints of gold and any textures will really stand out in their open-plan configuration. If you’re sticking to a minimalist colour palette, adding contrast with a natural stone-finished table top will add a tactile element and help zone the dining area – rule number one when it comes to designing an open-plan space.

Find this exact Monogram ceramic table from Calligaris.

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