Thursday, August 29, 2019

FURNITURE INSPIRATION: THE CLASSIC DROP-LEAF TABLE

Old is my favorite style.

And nothing says old, traditional, classic, or antique like a drop-leaf table. Mostly used in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, these tables were created to save space. Some of the drop-leaf tables have multiple legs to support the leaves when not folded down. They are also known as "gateleg" tables.

I didn't really realize just how many shapes and styles of these tables there are until I started getting ready to share this post. They can serve many purposes in a home, and today I'm sharing some inspirational ways to use them and a few ideas for how to decorate the table tops. A pretty vignette atop a drop-leaf table might just be my favorite.

A large table would be perfect for a foyer or to fill an odd wall. The blue and white used here stands out against the darker finish of the table and neutral colors, thus making it the perfect collection to display on this drop-leaf table.

Providence Design
House Beautiful

Used as a sofa table, the tables can be decorated a gazillion ways. Lamps, books, bowls, lanterns, baskets, plants--see what I mean?

CoachDecor.com

Oliveaux Interiors

They are perfect also for your coffee cup or your glass of tea when stationed between two chairs. 

Country Living

Thistlewood Farms

They just look good anywhere and add old-world charm to every space.

Stone Gable

Gracious Farmhouse

Nine + Sixteen

Savvy Southern Style

1stDibs via Pinterest

Blessed Momma to Baby Girls

Here are few gateleg tables with their leaves out, showing off their fancy legs.

Carlos Garcia Instagram

via Pinterest

Ballard Designs

The Painted Drawer

Aren't they so pretty? Enjoy your long weekend!

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