When people are designing their own house, they tend to want to make the dining room as homely as possible. This is because it is a communal room. Families tend to gather in dining rooms. That is why this room is so important.
The mistake people make is that they go too contemporary when it comes to the dining room. Making a room look futuristic is all well and good but there is a fine line between futuristic and clinical.
When a dining room looks too clinical, people are less likely to feel at home and they won’t settle. Each time they go in the room they will worry about how the room looks and they will not enjoy their meals.
For the dining room table, pick something that suits the look that you want. If you want a contemporary look, there is no point in getting a traditional table. Pick a table that fits in with the rest of the house as well. You want the room to stand out but not by too much.
If the rest of your home is traditional, then going contemporary with the dining room design is too much of a jump. Maybe you should think about contemporary for the fittings but not as the main design goal.
When choosing your dining table, think about what you are going to be using it for. If you only have four people who eat at it regularly, you might be tempted to save some money and only buy a small table. However, what are going to do when the whole family descends on you for Christmas dinner? You have to think about what you are going to be using it for in the future.