French antique tables, farmhouse tables and vintage French furniture

Antique French farmhouse tables, sometimes described as French farm tables, have been a popular focus in homes for a number of decades. Their simple understated appeal blends well with contemporary design and decor, creating the kind of warmth only present in antiques, something not always apparent in modern interiors. For stylish, elegant and practical interior decor French tables can be a key element in designing the perfect dining room or kitchen.

French tables

Aside from the basic practicality of choosing a French antique table to suit the purpose, the choice of finish should also be a key consideration. Probably the most popular timbers used for vintage French furniture are fruitwoods, commonly cherry wood, pear wood or apple wood, which all offer a warm, rich finish. Walnut may also be seen as a fruitwood with a similar colour and grain structure. French tables can also be found in oak, elm, ash, beech and pine; demonstrating their versatility in home decor.

French farmhouse tables

A French farmhouse table can inspire a real sense of occasion. They tend to be sturdy and generous in size while still maintaining that typical French elegance. A room of healthy proportions is required in order to be able to accommodate such a substantial piece of French furniture, but a beautiful, simple farmhouse table would be the perfect addition to a large dining kitchen, country-style dining room or expansive conservatory. Even a pale beech farmhouse table with a simple scrubbed finish and minimal styling can be quite the statement in the right room. For a richer finish, a polished walnut table might be the perfect choice. Additional details such as shaped legs or the inclusion of handy drawers provide visual interest as well as a more practical alternative. This look would suit even a traditional English dining room; such is the versatility of the French farmhouse table. However, even if you have grand aspirations but not the room to accommodate a size-able piece of French furniture, then an extending table would be a great option. A smaller table for everyday use which could be expanded when required means that there is no need to sacrifice style due to a lack of space.

19c French tables

Ornamentation or repairs which are not original to a 19c French table only serve to add to the charm and character of a piece of French furniture, providing clues to the history of the table – one of the many benefits to selecting an antique table rather than a contemporary alternative. A French farmhouse table can therefore be a significant talking point rather than just the center piece of a dinner party.

smaller French tables

Smaller French tables which are selected almost exclusively for decorative purposes can really help to set the tone of a room. A carefully positioned occasional table, or a stylish console table, perhaps coupled with a coordinating mirror, can provide an exquisite decorative element in a hallway, study or living room. Decorative detailing becomes more important when the piece of French furniture is positioned to be admired. For example, consider the legs, which may be stylishly turned or have pleasing carved features, or the table may have a pedestal base for a more robust look. The top may be of a warm burnished cherry wood or a cool polished marble suggesting that a carefully selected French antique table would look at home in a variety of different settings.

other French antique tables

There are one or two more unusual types of French antique table which would be the perfect solution to a design dilemma. The charcuterie table, a sturdy and solid piece of French furniture, which by its nature is likely to have a well-used or weathered appearance can be equally at home indoors or out, and is therefore the ideal solution for fashionable al fresco dining.

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