Even though kitchen tables have a traditional sense to them, that needn't dictate the style of the room where they end up. This modern kitchen gets a grounded and eclectic flourish from this exuberant combination of table and chairs.
This kitchen utilizes the utility of an island with a table close enough to indicate "this is where we eat." Placing a table this close to the kitchen keeps anybody sitting at that table part of the action going on in the kitchen.
This table's just begging to have bread or cookies made on it. Its proximity to the range and sink make it an automatic prep surface, yet with a quick clear and wipe it's ready for dinner.
This table proves that despite a table's utilitarian role and lineage, it can still add some glamor and romance.
Here's another kitchen with a table close enough to an island that I'd still call it a kitchen table. Having a low surface accessible from all sides is invaluable when it comes to doing things like cookie baking or puzzle making.
Here's an island that gives way to a table and as it's making that transition, the room changes from the kitchen to a wider space for socializing. It's close enough to be of the kitchen without being in the kitchen.
Here's a table-island hybrid. No two rooms and no two families are alike, and an island that morphs into a pub table may be just the thing for a household with older teens. Tables encourage face-to-face interaction instead of side-by-side interaction. That's a subtle but important distinction.
Here's another table that's close enough to the kitchen to function as a kitchen table. Its rough wood and Hans Wegner chairs are a soft counterpoint to the hard surfaces in the kitchen.
Between the upholstered bench on the back wall and the table in the center of the room, this is a kitchen that asks people to linger and socialize. Whether for card games or pizza parties, this is a table that's getting nearly constant use.
This final table is made from the same material as the cabinetry in the kitchen. The heavy oak top plays against the oak floors and helps this table do true double duty as an island. A table in a position like this lends itself to better conversations and easier meal preparation by multiple cooks. It sums up the expression "heart of the home" perfectly.