Sturdy, versatile, and true to form, traditional wood dining tables—be it a long and narrow walnut stunner or a round reclaimed antique—are favorites for a reason. Often taking a back seat so a loud wallpaper print or striking statement light fixture can shine, dining tables have long been thought of in terms of function. But what if, for once, the table itself was the star of the room?
Luckily, inspired alternatives exist—and, we have to admit, we’re loving the fresh perspectives they quite literally bring to the table. Unwaveringly bold and intensely hued, the fearless surfaces ahead serve as a reminder that color is best served alongside the main course.
Cabo Indoor/Outdoor Dining Table, Anthropologie, $798.00
Why spend a small fortune vacationing along coastal Italy when you can channel the same spirit of the Mediterranean on your tabletop instead? Abound in breezy shades of blue, this geometric number quite charmingly sums up everything we love about seaside living. And thanks to its weather-resistant, painted tile top, your backyard can now enjoy the burst of color it deserves.
Table de Milan, Atelier Biagetti, price upon request
Consider the evening’s dialogue taken care of. A true conversation piece at its finest, this show-stopping table exudes contemporary cool with its vivid layering of brass, copper, plastic laminates, and wood.
The Table, FLOYD, $595.00
Subtlety is the name of the game for this blush marvel. Designed in Detroit and manufactured in America, FLOYD’s birch wood dining tables are made to last and come in two tranquil hues (it’s also available in a soft grey). Bonus? You don’t even need to own a toolbox to put this sleek home essential together.
Mason Hairpin Dining Table by Retro Shades, Houzz, $679.00
If you’re a renter, creating a dining space that is as stylish as it is functional can be a challenge. Rather than nailing a large painting to the wall, consider going all in on a table that can double as a work of art. Whether you have a designated dining room or not, this abstract option will fill your home with instant energy and character.
Yoshi + Pink + Steel, Moderncre8ve, $2,000
A little avant-garde can take the dining room a long way. Dishing up a dose of sculptural drama below, this totally rad, steel table promises a wow-worthy moment, especially when topped with an equally-wild floral arrangement. Never has ’80s neon pink looked so chic.
Rydeback Table, Ikea, $89.00
Coming in under $100, this fiery orange find is a deal-hunter’s dream feasting station. Whether you’re a die-hard maximalist, a self-professed minimalist, or something in between, we can all appreciate this budget-friendly buy for its daring, color-charged perspective.
Ondine Hairpin Table in Nordic Watercolor, Dot & Bo, $700.00
Consider this ultra-mod option one more reason to love round tables. Despite its casual silhouette, this multicolored pick will surely set the scene for a dynamic meal and, not to mention, complement a wide variety of decorative schemes.
Sprout Cafe Table, Blu Dot, $899.00
Though a solid, this sunny yellow option is anything but basic. Catch the color peeking through the legs? A fresh find for a smaller-than-average space, this tiny cafe table is the splash of vibrance your breakfast nook needs.
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