Let architecture of the house decor . The other elements in the room dictate the style of a dining table you choose. If the atmosphere is traditional. A traditional table will usually look best . you're buying a wooden table, select a wood that appears in the architecture or in another piece of furniture in the room.  So the table will feel like cohesive element in the home's decor.  If you're going with a painted piece. Repeat the color in the walls or other items in the room.  you plan on using the a dining table primarily for family meals or small gatherings. A smaller table will work better. If you only entertain large groups on an occasional basis. Consider buying a smaller table. That can expand to a certain decent size. To figure out how many people you'll be able to seat around a given table .