1. Center your small table at a window such as this to provide symmetry, and great lighting and a view for all seated guests.
2. To provide a deliberate and discreet dining area, match the table and chair materials, such as the white finish here.
3. Center the table in an open corner, keeping its surroundings simplified. For dining guests, keep chairs along the wall or fold-ups in a nearby closet to easily transition into larger dining. (In a more open setting like this, a table with an insertable leaf is perfect.)
4. Create a clusters of smaller tables to keep the room malleable and versatile while allowing for multiple seating.
5. Remember that smaller tables allow for creativity and innovation without overtaking the entire space. A uniquely-created table becomes art and is both of what William Morris said a worthwhile object should be: useful and attractive.
6. Think innovatively about the location of the table--placing it in an unexpected area reinvents the space.
7. Place the smaller table in the center of a large room that may perhaps accommodate a larger one, and the table is highlighted, drawing the attention to the center of the room while creating great room around it.
8. Vary the look of your table by adding unexpected chairs. These chairs draw in colors from around the room, creating a light, pleasant flow.
9. Create a cozy, lounging corner by placing a small table and pair of chairs with a couch in the corner.
(Bonus: place a round table in the middle of a small room to create a proportional and cozy dining area.)