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Kitchen Tables - Family Life Revolves Around Them

Jun 7, 2008
Dad and mom work. Kids spend their days in school, then after school at sport activities. It is becoming extremely difficult for families to find time to be together nowadays, with hectic schedules taking precedence in many family lives. The importance of kitchen tables becomes more and more obvious as together-time becomes all the more precious in family life.

In decades past, mornings always started around kitchen tables, with foods bubbling away on the hearth and heavenly smells of baking biscuits and sizzling bacon filling the air. At this time, families would collect around the table to eat together as well as discuss and organize the day's tasks ahead of them. At day's end, once again they would gather around the table, this time for dinner and to talk of the events of the days and enjoy each other's company. The importance of the close bonds formed around kitchen tables has not been forgotten; rather, remains a tradition that people today are determined to retain.

This importance has kindled the interest in developing many styles and types of kitchen tables to meet the needs of every family. Round, square, octagonal, rectangular and oblong; drop-leaf, add a leaf, one piece; every style and type are available for any type of home décor. Having the right table to match both decorative intent and family need is equally as important. A few styles that are very popular are farm tables, bistro sets, and corner nook sets.

Handsomely rustic, farm tables exemplify the air of days past in a kitchen. Generally of wooden design, these tables are simple and functional, while maintaining a dignity and beauty that was rudimentary to handcrafted furniture years ago. A variety of designs, colors and wood types can be found that can be matched to your current décor. To accent your farm table, matching chairs and sideboards can be added, along with patchwork patterned throws and chair cushions for a country touch.

Bistro sets have become a modern décor style, especially among the younger generation. One choice is a high profile table, with the accompanying stools designed to match the table style, using wood, wrought iron, and metal along with fabric to bring comfort and attractiveness to the set. Reminiscent of sidewalk cafes in Paris, bistro sets also appear as folding furniture; a style originating in France designed to quickly set up and put away. Generally used as patio furniture, folding sets are also invaluable kitchen table sets for homes limited in space.

Corner Nook sets are wonderful additions to family kitchens, providing ample room for growing children. Supplying benches and chairs around sturdy wood tables, this style truly encourages families to gather together for meals, crafts, homework and social time. Tucked neatly into a corner, the nook brings quality time into the heart of the home - the kitchen.

Any table style can bring the family together. Choose the one that best fits your décor and the needs of your home to start enjoying family life around your kitchen table.
About the Author
Jesse Akre,author and owner of numerous home decor sites, offers online consumers his thoughts on purchasing indoor accessories such as dashing dining room furniture, contemporary kitchen furniture and elegant dining furniture.
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