Old Wood Tables in the Middle of the Kitchen

This kitchen and the one below came from international design magazines, but we see this in plenty of American kitchens: chunky wood tables just a foot or two away from the sink, stove, and countertop. How do you feel about dining in the middle of the kitchen?

Of course, I dine in my living room; such is the case when you live in an apartment where rooms serve several functions. But I am not a fan of the dining table right in the kitchen. I'm also not a fan of open kitchens (I built a wall to close mine off!) so take my opinion as you will.

Here's another example:

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I do like the contrast between the clean, white cabinets and counters and the aged wood in both of these spaces. The top image isn't exactly a farm table, but it still feels casual—like the tables you see in old movies where the cooks, housekeepers, and butlers eat dinner.

So yes, there's something warm and inviting about pulling a dish out of the oven and turning around to feed your friends. As long as no one backs her chair up too far and singes her hair on the gas stove.

Top kitchen: Elle Interiör Sweden
Bottom kitchen: Canadian House & Home

What's your opinion?

Related: Lamps and Wing Chairs: Living Room Details in the Kitchen

(Images: Johan Månsson/Elle Interiör Sweden; Ted Yarwood/House & Home)