5 Farmhouse Tables To Update Your Dining Room

Holidays are just around the corner. If you’re inviting guests over, there’s a good chance the party’s going to revolve around your dining room table. You can make a great impression (and get yourself a holiday treat to enjoy year-round) with a new solid wood farmhouse table.

These are the style of tables people think of when they think farmhouse dining room design. But they’re not limited to rooms decorated in a farmhouse motif. Use farmhouse-style tables in all types of rustic design, retro room décor, and even modern dining rooms.

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The Classic

Sturdy, solid, simple. Our Classic Farmhouse Tables are a staple of rustic design. These tables feature a solid wood tabletop with straight, squared legs at each corner. They’d look fantastic in any casual dining room. For the most rustic option, choose hand scraped distressing for the tabletop. We can also make matching benches in your choice of wood.

Turn A Leg

Dress-up the classic farmhouse design with Turned Leg Farmhouse Tables. Whether you want to use the table in a room that’s slightly more formal or just want to add interest to your furniture, this table is a great choice. The legs can be rounded or squared depending on your preference. Stain the table for a classic appearance or have it painted and/or distressed if you prefer the shabby-chic look.

V-Braced

Another variation on the classic design, our V-Base Trestle Tables feature A-frame leg supports and a V-shaped center brace. These tables will look great in any dining room with a rustic decorating scheme. The creative construction also makes it a good choice for modern designs that feature wood as a decorating element.

Up On A Pedestal

Our newest addition to the Rustic Collection, Pedestal Farmhouse Tables let you seat more people without bumping against the table legs. In this design, the legs are tucked under the tables and held in place with a sturdy beam-constructed base. It’s perfect if you plan to entertain or if your family is growing.

Mix in Metal

Veering away from the rustic look, our Industrial Farmhouse Tables mix modern metal with classic farmhouse table design. These tables look similar to the Classic Farmhouse Table, but with metal pipes connecting the table top and the legs. It’s a bold furniture design that’s sure to draw compliments.

With all our tables, you choose from a wide variety of woods, stains, and smooth or distressed finish treatment. These customizations make the furniture extremely versatile. Match your table to existing wood in the room or make it a focal point with the exact characteristics you like. Whatever style you choose, we’ll make sure it’s quality craftsmanship that can last for years to come. Who knows? Sitting around your new farmhouse table might become a favorite holiday tradition.

5 Essential Tips for Solid Wood Care

Solid wood furniture has a reputation for being sturdy and long lasting. With proper care, it will live up to those claims and many solid wood furniture pieces become family heirlooms.

Caring for wood furniture is fairly simple. You just need to keep the surface clean, polish occasionally, and protect the wood from temperature and humidity extremes. Here are our five essential tips for taking care of solid wood furniture:

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1) Dust Often

Dusting at least once a week prevents dust buildup that can damage the furniture finish. A little dust might seem harmless, but it can actually scratch the finish if left to build up over time.

Use a soft, lint-free cloth to dust your furniture. Microfiber or soft cotton both work well. Dampen the cloth slightly with warm water and a mild dish soap. Remember to follow the grain pattern of the wood when you’re dusting.

2) Cleaning and Polishing

Never use harsh chemicals, like bleach, to clean your wood. Instead, you’ll want to invest in a good quality wood furniture polish. Avoid products that contain silicone and go for wax-based polishes.

We recommend using Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner for solid wood furniture from Rustic + Modern. It’s a wonderful product that you can use as needed to polish and help protect solid wood surfaces. Aim for polishing at least once a month, depending on how much you use the furniture.

3) Beat The Heat

Natural wood can warp or crack in response to excessive temperatures. Don’t position your wood furniture right next to a radiator or heat register. Just putting a little distance between heat sources and your furniture makes a huge difference in maintaining solid wood furniture.

Also, avoid placing furniture in direct sunlight. The heat of direct sunlight can damage finishes and cause the wood to dry out and shrink. Hanging curtains or blinds in the windows is a quick-fix for this problem.

4) Watch Humidity

Extreme changes in humidity can also damage the wood. Run a humidifier during dryer months of the year to keep the wood from drying out and shrinking. A 40 to 45 percent humidity level is ideal.

Depending on the climate, you might also need to run a dehumidifier during some months to maintain the right humidity. Alternately, you can beat excessive summer humidity (and heat) by running an air conditioner.

5) Protect The Surface

Avoid placing hot, wet, or sharp objects directly on the wood surface. You can cover the bottoms of vases, lamps and other decorating items you want to keep on your table or desk with felt. For other items you want to place on the wood surface, table runners, placemats, doilies, and coasters are your friends.

Think you’d like to add a new solid wood furniture piece to your home? Rustic + Modern offers a variety of furniture styles you can customize to your exact specifications. Contact us today to learn more or set up an appointment to see our designs in person.

 

Impress Holiday Guests With A New Custom Table

If you’re having guests over for Thanksgiving or other holidays this year, you’ve got a good excuse to update your dining table. A beautiful handcrafted wood table will earn ooohs and aahs from guests and also makes a great holiday present for yourself. Solid wood tables aren’t just impressive to look at. They’re also a high-quality furniture piece that, if cared for well, can become a family heirloom.

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Choosing A New Table

The perfect table is a highly individual choice. You’ll want something that reflects your personal tastes and fits in with your dining room and/or kitchen décor. Rustic + Modern makes personalizing your table simple.

You choose rustic, modern, or industrial style. Then you customize the size to make sure there’s room for all your friends and family. Next, you get to choose from several different wood types, stain colors, and finish effects.

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Holiday Table Care

Tables can take a beating during the holiday season. You have more people around the table and more food on the table than usual. Solid wood isn’t hard to take care of, but you do want to follow a few guidelines.

We recommend cleaning your new table with mild soap and a soft cloth, like microfiber. Polish the wood surface as-needed using Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner. This also helps protect the surface. Never use harsh chemicals, such as bleach, on your new furniture. These chemicals can eat away the finish over time.

Protective Table Settings

Fast changes in temperature can warp and damage wood. This means it’s a good idea to keep your table away from radiators, fireplaces, and heating ducts. But you’ll also want to avoid placing hot food directly on the table. Always use hot pads to protect the wood surface from warm pots and serving dishes.

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You’ll also want to consider using placemats under each table setting to keep from scratching the wood. If you’re choosing any table decorations with sharp edges, put them on a mat or table runner as well. Scratches wouldn’t be very noticeable on a table with a distressed finish, but if you opted for a smooth finish on a wood like walnut or hickory, you’ll want to protect it.

Ready to order or talk about customized table options? Send us a note or call (469) 347-2484 to get in touch with us. We’ll work with you to answer any questions and help you pick the right table design for your space.

Get To Know Your Live Edge Tables

Live edge tables are an extremely popular option right now in wood furniture. We’ve been getting a ton of inquiries about them lately. And no wonder since live edge design is so eye-catching and unique.

The down-side is that authentic live edge wood is pricey and it can be difficult to find in the size and style you want. That’s why we decided to incorporate the hand carved live edge option into our designs. This alternative saves you money, is designed to fit your space, and still looks fantastic.

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Authentic live edge tabletops feature the natural edge of the tree from which it was cut, and (depending on the desired width) they are oftentimes one slab of wood. Authentic live edge wood is highly desired and is somewhat rare, so the cost definitely reflects that. Because of the limited inventory, slabs are typically sold quickly, and it can be difficult to find the exact size that will work for your space.

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Hand carved live edge tops are built just like our standard tops are – with multiple boards of the same wood type. But the edges are carved to reflect the appearance of authentic live edge. We love that we can offer this feature because it gives us more control over the final product.

Customers can choose the table top size, the wood type and the stain color, as well as the style of live edge they prefer (bold or subtle). Additionally, the hand carved option is quite a bit less expensive than an authentic live edge.

Get Your Own Live Edge

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All Rustic + Modern tables, benches, and desks are made to your exact specifications and we’ll work with you to create the type of edge you’re looking for. Hand carved live edge can be combined with our other customization options to create a piece of furniture unique to your home without the price of using authentic live edge wood.

If you’re interested in a hand carved live edge table, check out our furniture collections and ask about adding live edge to your favorite styles. Contact us if you have any questions or want us to get started on your very own custom live edge table.

Rustic Or Modern? Narrowing Furniture Options

In rustic decorating, the farmhouse and trestle tables provide a down-home country look. These styles look particularly rustic when you choose a distressed wood finish. For more modern decorating, our industrial and modern collections pair solid wood with metal. Depending on the style you’re going for, modern decor can use smooth woods with rich color and classic lines or go for a rougher industrial look with distressed wood and natural finishes.

When you order a new table or desk from Rustic + Modern, you’re purchasing a unique piece of furniture made to your exact specifications. We offer a wide range of options so you control the appearance of the finished piece. These options include wood type, stain color, and smooth or distressed finish. The style you choose depends on your individual preference and the type of room where you’re planning to place the finished furniture piece.

A Question of Wood

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White pine has some knots and surface character. It’s a great choice if you prefer the rustic look. We also offer rough white pine that preserves natural imperfections and saw marks for a reclaimed wood look. All of our pine tables are made with grooves between the table boards.

Knotty alder and red oak also offer distinct wood grains, but with a smoother table finish. You can also opt for clear alder, which has very few small knots. For a finer, more even texture, choose hard maple. These woods work equally well in rooms with rustic decorations or in a more modern or traditionally decorated room.

Hickory and black walnut are fantastic wood choices, no matter what your decorating style. Both are durable woods with beautiful natural texture. We think our most stunning tables are the ones made with black walnut tops.

Pick A Color

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Color choice depends more on the other colors in the room you’re decorating than on whether the design is rustic or modern. Each of the different woods offers different color options and they’ll all look good on modern or rustic furniture. We don’t stain black walnut and hickory, so their natural color will shine through. For walnut, this is a rich brown color. For hickory, the color is light blond with darker streaks. You can choose to keep the other woods natural or have us stain them.

Pine and hard maple are naturally pale woods. Alder is a slightly darker tan color. Red oak’s natural color is light brown with a reddish hue in the grain. All these woods can be stained with special walnut for a rich brown color, dark walnut for a deeper brown, or ebony for a near-black finish. Click here to see pictures of the different woods with and without stain.

To Distress or Not To Distress

We also offer the option of distressing the table top. This scraped or hammered effect gives your table the authentically hand-crafted look of older furniture. Distressed wood is a popular trend in rustic, industrial, retro, and farmhouse style interior decorating. The texture looks rough but don’t worry – it’s not going to splinter.

Customizing your furniture piece comes down to personal preference. Do you prefer wood with a distinct grain, or something with a more subtle pattern? Would you prefer lighter or darker furniture in your room, and do you want natural wood or stained? Is a rough, rustic look better for your interior design, or will a smooth table top look best? With Rustic + Modern, you have the chance to make those decisions and get a table that fits your space perfectly.

 

3 Irrefutable Rules for Mixing and Matching Wood Furniture

Gone are the days when interior design demanded all the wood furniture in a room matched perfectly. Matching furniture sets still work well for formal interiors, but it’s definitely not a requirement. Perhaps you’re trying to update your home without replacing all the furniture, or you inherited a dining set that doesn’t match the color of your wood floor, or maybe you just like the relaxed feel of an eclectically decorated room. Whatever the case, there’s no need to avoid using different woods if you keep a few guidelines in mind.

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Pair Similar Undertones

The first thing to look for when trying to match wood is the undertone. You can pair dark and light woods without trouble, but they’ll look best if you match the undertone. Some woods have a warm undertone, some look cool and gray, others are pale blond. Try to keep the different woods in your home in a similar color family.

If you have a pale gray weathered wood floor, you might consider getting a dining table made of pine, alder, or maple that is stained ebony. The dark finish will form a nice contrast with the paler gray floor without clashing. For rooms where you already have warm tones, try woods finished with a walnut stain or choose red oak. If you’re looking for a pale color, go with unstained alder, maple, or hickory. Check out all Rustic + Moderns custom wood options by clicking here.

Balance Different Woods

If you’re using two different wood tones in the room, try to make one more prominent than the other. Designer Sarah Langtry recommends keeping about 80% of the wood in the room one color and then using an accent for the other 20%. For example, if you have wood floors use the same wood type and/or finish on a few other major furniture pieces and then use a lighter or darker accent in two or three places throughout the room.

You can use more than two types of wood in the room, but try not to overdo it – three different wood tones is just about all a single room can handle without looking too busy and mismatched. Paying attention to the undertones will help you avoid this problem – even if the woods don’t match exactly, they’ll still look good together if the undertones are the same.

Pay Attention To Texture

Decorating with different types of wood furniture doesn’t just mean choosing different stains or woods. It can also refer to the texture of the wood. Wood can be smooth or rough, weathered or polished, knotty or clear. Mixing the different types of wood used in your decorating can make for an interesting contrast.

If you have smooth wood floors, you might shake things up by ordering one of our pine or alder tables with hand-scraped distress. Or you might choose a modern desk with a smooth table top to pair with knotty pine floors. If, on the other hand, you want to minimize the differences between your different wood types and finishes, choose woods with similar grain and texture to create a sense of unity in the design.

When it comes to wood there are many stunning options to choose from.  As long as you stick to these 3 rules, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful stylish space.  If you’re having trouble deciding, schedule an appointment to visit our design center.  We’ll help you design a custom piece of quality furniture that will last.

Why Are Barn Doors So Popular?

Not all that long ago, residential sliding doors were reserved for closets and cramped spaces. With barn doors as one of the hottest trends right now in interior design, that’s no longer the case. You’ll find them replacing traditional swing doors for almost every room in the house. But what is it that makes barn doors so popular?

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Space-Saving

Barn doors solve problems in cramped spaces where there’s little room for a door to swing open. Doors that open into narrow hallways, closets in cramped rooms, doorways you want to cover without taking up floor space – all these situations are a great place for barn doors.

The typical swing door requires about 9 square feet of floor space to open the door. Even in places where this space is available, it can be a challenge to navigate around the door once it’s open, depending on the surrounding space. Barn doors only require a few inches of floor space and enough room on one side of the doorway for them to slide along the wall.

Easy-Install

Unlike pocket doors, barn doors don’t require reconstructing the wall to add a sliding door. Hanging barn doors is fairly simple. All you have to do is attach a track to the wall and hang the barn door on that. Things get a bit trickier if you have uneven floors or ceilings, but, in general, it’s much simpler than installing other siding doors and sometimes even easier than installing swing doors. You can order barn doors from Rustic + Modern with or without hanging hardware.

Accessible Doorways

Barn doors slide open and stay open until you close them. They’re easy to operate and you don’t have to worry about them swinging shut unexpectedly. This makes them perfect for rooms that you have to walk in and out of with your hands full, such as a laundry room. They’re also a good choice for people with limited mobility who don’t want to navigate a wheelchair around swing doors or can’t hold a swing door open and use a walker at the same time.

Timeless Design

More and more people are installing barn doors because they are an attractive and practical design trend. Unlike many design trends, they’re not going to become obsolete in a few years. Work them into your home design, and barn doors will remain functional and beautiful for many years even after the hype has faded.

Rustic + Modern offers high-quality, solid wood doors custom-made for you, so they’ll fit into your home just right. You get to choose the wood type, door size, design style, and stain color. Click here to see our different barn door styles and get an instant quote on the size and style you want.

Barn Doors in Commercial Design

Barn doors have become one of the hottest trends in interior decorating, and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down. The trend isn’t limited to residential home design, either. You’ll also see them used in commercial spaces.

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One feature of sliding doors is that they easily comply with ADA standards for Accessible Design. ADA guidelines say sliding doors need to have a minimum clear width of 32 inches in the doorway and you need to provide maneuvering room for opening the doors. These regulations are much simpler than those governing swing doors. On top of that, it’s easier for someone with a wheelchair or walker to open a sliding door than to navigate around many types of swing-doors.

This makes barn doors an ideal choice for saving space and providing easy navigation in public locations that need to meet ADA standards, as well as in homes with residents who have limited mobility. Barn doors can provide larger openings (depending on the size you order), won’t swing shut on their own, and are easy to operate without running into the door or the surrounding woodwork.

Space Dividers

Tyler Stephens of Core10 Architects says, “I generally recommend to my clients that we use barn doors anywhere you want a large-scale opening – where you are going to leave it open the majority of the time.” This principle applies in a variety of spaces designed for gathering groups of people for work or other actives.

Churches, dance studios, and other locations may want a room design that offers a large space they can open up for gatherings with the option to divide the room for certain actives. Barn doors are a sturdy and attractive way to accomplish this.

Hotels and Restaurants

A traditional swing-door takes up about 9 square feet of floor space, while a sliding door only requires a few inches of floor space and enough room on the wall to mount barn door hardware. This is a huge asset in hotel room design, where space is at a premium. Barn doors’ popularity means there’s an added bonus of making hotel rooms using them look trendy and stylish.

Barn doors are also showing up more frequently in restaurant design. The large doors are seen as a statement decorating pieces, as well as a functional way to close off banquet rooms or the kitchen.

Office Settings

In office settings, sliding doors make it possible for rooms to be left open without having the door take up floor space or get accidentally shut. The doors are then easily closed when you need privacy. This works especially well for meeting rooms and private offices. Sliding doors that are chosen for office settings often have a more modern look than wood barn doors, but you could incorporate wood for a more earthy or industrial-style interior design.

Click here to check out our barn door collection and see which ones might work for your commercial space. We offer completely custom solid wood barn doors, with a discount if your order two or more doors. You get to choose the finished size and select from several different styles.

Barn Doors: Regional or Wide-Spread?

Barn doors might sound like something that would be a regional decorating trend. We tend to think of them in the context of rustic and farmhouse decorating, but it would be a mistake to assume barn doors only fit into a specific region or type of interior design.

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Design trends aren’t as regional as we tend to assume. While some design elements show up more frequently in a specific location, interior decorating tends to depend more on home architecture and the owners individual tastes, rather than on the region where the home is built.

Merging Design Styles

Home design has historically been influenced by location. East Coast styles tend to be more traditional and formal. As you move west through the United States, Midwest homes tend toward comfortable and “homey” styles. In the Southwest and on the West Coast there’s more of a Spanish style influence.

Today, however, designs for new homes are becoming homogenized. There are many reasons for this – people moving across the country bring design trends they’re familiar with, the Internet lets new home builders source from cross-country designs, and architects travel more. While homes in the same region still share commonalities, they’re more likely to draw on a wider variety of design influences.

Barn Doors By Region

Barn doors are now found in a wide variety of home designs in areas across the country. According to a Zillow report analyzing thousands of listings across the United States, the phrase “barn door” might help homes on the market sell faster and fetch a higher price point.

The most common location where Zillow found a connection between “barn door” and increased sales was in Phoenix, Arizona. That’s not exactly a location known for rustic farmhouse design, indicating that barn doors are wide-spread across different decorating trends and regions.

Popular Decorating Trends

Rather than looking at regional aspects for a reason why barn doors are so popular, we need to look at current design trends. Traditional farmhouse and industrial modern styles are both hot designs right now, and barn doors pair well with both.

Industrial modern design is most often associated with city living. The merging of wood, metal, and brickwork for industrial designs means rustic barn doors hung on exposed metal hardware fit right in.

Farmhouse design is comfortable, rustic-chic, and stylish – the perfect setting for traditional wood barn doors. You’ll also find barn doors used other cozy styles, like coastal and cottage designs, and they’ll often be painted to match the other decorations.

Metal and Wood – Hallmarks of Industrial Design

Industrial Modern design is taking hold in loft apartments, commercial spaces, reclaimed industrial buildings converted into homes, and even modern residential design. The style emphasizes raw edges and an unfinished look, yet still achieves a cohesive feel more chic than shabby.

Key to modern industrial design is the pairing of wood and metal. Metal is cool, hard, and industrial, while wood is warm, organic, and traditional. Combined, they perfectly embody industrial style’s merging of a warehouse look with earthy and/or polished materials for a truly modern design.

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From Floor to Ceiling

Industrial modern style starts with the bare bones of your space. Often, rooms in this style will have wood beams and metal pipe work visible on the ceilings, exposed brick on the walls, and industrial floor tiles. It’s often a stripped-down, minimalistic style.

One type of industrial design known as rustic industrial incorporates more wood. This is the kind of interior design where you’re likely to see rustic wood cabinets in the kitchen paired with modern metal counters and appliances. The trend can carry over into other rooms as well – wood desks with metal legs in the study, barn doors hung on industrial metal tracks in place of swing-doors, and wood floors paired with metal bedsteads in the bedroom.

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In our Industrial Collection, Rustic + Modern merges metal pipes with solid wood furniture. These furniture pieces look right at home in industrial modern design. Whether you need a dining table or a study desk, they’re the perfect choice for function and aesthetics. Like all our furniture, the Industrial Collection is built to last with quality materials and careful attention to detail.

 

The Industrial Pipe Tables and Desks in our collection feature solid-wood tops and unique metal pipe bases. If you like the look of more wood, our Industrial Farmhouse Tables connect wood tables tops with wood legs using metal pipe components. When customizing these tables and desks, you choose the wood type, style of metal pipe base, and the finish for both wood and metal components.

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Industrial modern design is often minimalistic. When you’re limiting the number of decorations in a room, it pays to invest in unique items that truly enhance the design aesthetic. Live-edge tables are an eye-catching, yet functional, furniture piece that incorporates the raw, organic look we’re often going for in industrial design.

Rustic + Modern offers live-edge tables as part of our Modern Collection. These wood and steel tables feature a solid-wood table top and stylish metal legs. In this collection, you can get hand carved live-edge tables or more traditional rectangular table tops in several types of wood. The metal bases also come in several styles, including A-frame, rectangular, and X-frame. The wide range of customization options ensures you’ll get what you need to fit the exact look you’re going for in your own spin on industrial modern design.