north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents red and turquoise interior design ideas

In my design work, I am very often ask about my preference for the shape of dining tables…round, rectangular, square,oval, etc.  My first preference is round or square because I feel these shapes tend to make for better conversation.  However, first of all one must consider the shape of their dining room or dining area.  A square room lends itself to a round or square table, and a rectangular or oval table works better for rooms or spaces that are rectangular. RULE NUMBER 1…. the size and shape  of your dining room or dining area.  This assures good scale and proportion .  Several years ago, I read a wonderful book, Dining with Churchill, by Cita Stelzer.  It is no secret that I am a big fan of Mr. Churchill and was pleased to read that he insisted on round tables, with all arm chairs.  Churchill often used the dining table for diplomacy and deals and felt that a round table created a sense of equality, no opposing sides, nor corners, and no one below the salt!  In honor of our mutual philosophy on tables, I designed a Churchill Dining Room at the Cathedral Antiques Show in Atlanta a few years ago.  My space was square , so my round table was perfect.  and of course, I used all arm chairs!

Churchill Dining Room


I used these custom round tables for a client’s beach home, as well as their primary residence.  There is definitely wisdom in Mr. Churchill’s ideas for dining!

Anderson Beach house 5



These great outdoor dining tables are used in a clients “outdoor living space” and were featured in The Collected Tabletop.IMG_6975


Depending on the space for a client’s dining area, I often use oval or rectangular shapes.












Both the eating area in my kitchen and in my great room call for an oval table.



IMG_1026Yet I must admit…my favorite shape for dining is a lovely round table…inside or out!

IMG_2833What is the shape of your dining table and what is your preference, if your space wasn’t a consideration?!



Enjoy the colors of High Point!

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  1. Kelley says:

    Dear Kathryn,

    Hey there, lovely fresh face! Our birthdays were grand, eh? I was with Mother this year in Missouri. She had a radical right nephrectomy 24 February (11 cm cancerous tumor of the right kidney) and was mending nicely in time for birthday-Mexican “out.” She wanted to go “out” to celebrate, so we did! She ate well, too, consuming nearly an entire taco, bless her heart. That right there was cause enough for celebration!

    Then on 31 March, she had a radical right mastectomy (1 cm cancerous tumor). Now Mother can say she is a three-time cancer survivor (1999, left mastectomy). No chemo, no radiation, no further cancer treatment necessary. We had a little heart-to-heart, and she has cut out 99% of the sodium she craved. Today, she’s lost weight and is off all blood pressure and heart meds. What a God!

    My Table
    My beautiful dining room table and eight chairs (2 arm) were custom made for me in Manila– a very special gift from my good husband, delivered to our townhouse the week before Thanksgiving 2011. (Eight of us who could not be on the US mainland with our loved ones made a marvelous holiday memory around that table that year!) The base for the 60-inch beveled glass was carved from narrawood. The chairs have held my dearest guests for many a delicious gathering.

    Round tables are very Asian and Pacific-Asian, too. A large lazy susan is typically centered on them and laden with dishes and delights for everyone to enjoy. That’s the Asian style of dining– serving dishes centered on the table, and everyone serving themselves a little bit. No one goes hungry and the conversation is uninterrupted. Filipino families eat with a large spoon in one hand and a fork in the other.

    Round tables are the entire Dibble family’s favorite!

    Welcome back, and a very happy Resurrection Day 2017 to you from Guam! This is the first year I’ll make a lamb cake from the antique lamb cake mold I bought in 2015! My sweetie wants a chocolate lamb, so his wish is my command!


  2. Kathryn Greeley says:

    I love hearing from you and I am so happy to hear about your mother. I have had her in my prayers for several weeks and will keep her there.
    What an interesting table and chairs!! And how special they must be to you and your husband! I thought of you last Sunday as you are near the Philippines. My father was a survivor of the Bataan Death March (a POW for 42 months!) and I attended a 75th anniversary ceremony of the Death March at our local VA hospital. I hope to one day visit that area and see exactly where he was in prison camp and the exact location of the Death March. I thought my heart was going to break during the entire ceremony! Take care and have a wonderful Easter. Your chocolate lamb sounds yummy!!
    XOXO Kathy

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