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Old World Dining Room Sets

Updated on July 21, 2017

Old World Dining Room Sets: Old World Furniture, Traditional Dining Room Sets

When you're setting up and styling a space, there are so many styles out there to choose from, especially when you're talking about a dining room area. You want to create a space that's not only cozy, contemporary, stylish and inviting, but also functional too. It's a tall order, but in my experience it's all about the pieces you use. An old world dining room set can really 'make' a room.

This article is all about old world dining room tables and chairs, and what they can do for your home dining area. The main purpose of the article is to talk about the various styles of old world dining furniture and provide some pictures to inspire you. We'll also touch on some potential issues you might run into, and give some accessory suggestions.

Let's get going and look at a few beautiful old world dining room sets!

What Are Old World Dining Room Sets? Old World Furniture Description

So what exactly is an old world dining room set? This isn't an easy thing to classify because it's a very broad set of styles and looks. The basic concept is that it encorporates a dominant European style from a certain region. The term 'old world' tends to refer to a couple areas of the globe, and the ones we'll specifically look at here are Tuscan (Italian), English, and French. There are of course many other areas of stylistic influence, but those are the ones I'll focus on.

While there are huge differences from region to region (as is to be expected), there are some common themes to be found in old world dining room sets that mark them for what they are. Here are a couple of those themes:

Heavy Wooden Construction:

Almost without fail, an old world dining table will consist of heavy wood, often handmade, very often exquisite. While they may not exactly look 'thick' in their construction, the use of heavy and solid wood is a feature which makes them attractive, and which also ensures that they stick around for a long time.

Elegant Upholstery:

One thing that old world dining sets aren't is subtle. Most traditional dining room sets like this will encorporate a very classy type of upholstery. This is often very nice leather which will complement the dark wood nicely, but it can also take the form of rich, embroidered fabric with intricate designs. High backed seats are very common too. Either way, they look very posh.

Scrollwork, Curved, Intricate Wood Design:

Old world dining room tables and chairs will very often have very intricate wood carving and scrollwork done. This differs depending on the region, but it's a fairly universal thing for these pieces to look extremely 'bespoke': handmade, delicately crafted. The whole idea is to impart a feeling of luxury, durability and heritage. It's part of the appeal of old world dining room sets and part of the reason they are so sought after.

Some Popular Styles of Old World Furniture: Old World Dining Tables and Chairs

As mentioned before, there are a lot of different styles that fit under the old world umbrella, so I've compiled three popular styles here, with pictures. You can take a look at these three old world dining room sets and get a feel for the aesthetic as a whole.

Tuscan Dining Room Sets:

Tuscan style is pretty compelling. The italian feel is both very rustic and homey, but also very elegant, refined and classic. It says you're at home, but you're also able to entertain. These old world dining sets are fantastic to look at and pair with a warm, inviting style with Italian influences.

Tuscan old world dining room sets often utilize lighter colored woods, and they mix elegant features like cabriole legs and high arched chair backs with simpler features, like plank based tables. They definitely have a ligher profile, so they won't make your space too 'heavy' feeling.

Victorian Dining Room Sets:

Victorian dining room sets are sort of the 'classic' old world dining set look. They are among the more heavily ornamented of the dinner furniture out there, and they give off a feeling of elegance and antique luxury like little else out there. There is a pretty heavy emphasis on dark wood in this style.

The cabriole leg is a normal feature of Victorian sets, and this gives each piece a sort of lightness and a figure. The high backed chairs and subtle upholstery ensures comfort to go with the class. They are a great choice for anyone looking for a classic old world dining table and chairs.

French Dining Room Sets:

If Victorian style goes for dark wood, French dining room sets aims for the lighter side of life. Commonly found in light wood or even whitewashed colors, these old world dining sets are perfect for a room that you want to 'lighten' up a bit. Swooping lines and fun fabrics (like the velvet upholstery in the image above) keep these items very interesting even to this day.

You can find an old of old world styled french dining sets that aren't actually antiques, but mimic the style. They are often distressed or made to look well loved, known as shabby chic.

Old World Dining Room Sets: Tips:

Here are a few tips to make sure your experience with traditional dining room sets is a positive one!

-Don't be afraid of reproductions. Any authentic old world dining room sets will cost an arm and a leg, and for good reason. If you're an antique collector this might be a boon, but if you're just a regular person looking for a usable talbe and chair set, you might be better off with a high quality replica.

-Avoid mixing and matching your styles. If your apartment or home is very modern or cutting edge, chances are an old world dining table and matching chairs won't look very good in the mix. But who knows, you may have a plan...

-Learn the proper care and attention these pieces need, especially if you buy an authentic antique or something. There isn't a ton of work involved, but these are strong and beautiful pieces that will last if well taken care of.

Good Luck!

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      Kerri@french dining table 3 years ago

      We are always try to decorate our dining space with highly decorated dining table like french dining table . It's really gorgeous to look at and it's also make our dining room more exceptional than other. I have already use this hope you also try this at your dining space.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is an excellent hub and very interesting. I love not only historical buildings but furniture as well. The Tuscany style of dining set appeals to me the most - beautiful!

      Great hub + voted up. Also thank you for the follow and fan mail!!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great job Julie and welcome to HubPages. Very interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We are fortunate to have my grandparents dining room table set and buffet. While it doesn't exactly match the styles you featured in this hub, it is beautiful. It could use some refinishing on the top of the table but a tablecloth solves that issue for now. We have traditional styled furniture so it mixes in nicely. Interesting hub!