3 Ways to Style Your Trestle Table

A piece of furniture dating back to the Middle Ages, the trestle table, which is comprised of two folding supports topped with a board or tabletop, was popular for its ease of assembly and storage. The basic collapsible design has since given way to variations with stronger frames and fixed legs, such as sawbuck tables (which have X-shaped bases) or refectory tables (which have I-shaped bases), a great example of which is Restoration Hardware's handcrafted Salvaged Wood Trestle Extension Dining Tables. Often made with antique timber, these tables have an inherently rustic look, but with thoughtful styling, you can give yours a distinctly contemporary look that's anything but medieval. See how your choice of chairs, lighting, rugs, and accessories can transform this timeless design into one of a few great looks.
table Salvaged Wood Trestle Dining Table, from $1865, Restoration Hardware
_header1 A little urban, a little rural, this look is transitional and a tad eclectic. Balance rustic elements like burlap, linen, and salvaged wood with sleeker, trendier pieces like modern candelabras, vintage train scrolls, and contemporary lighting. Rein in your color scheme, and instead focus on sculptural shapes and an unusual juxtaposition of styles. It's all about the mix.
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 Salt Chair, $99, Design Within Reach  Blue/Taupe Meissner Rug, $4609, One Kings Lane  Lit-Mesh Pendant, $449, YLighting
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 Reverie Sign, $60, Jayson Home  Labra Holds 5 Candleholder, $25, CB2  Burlap Table Runner, $24, Leif
_header2 Insert a palette of blue and white with pops of red, and you're well on your way to a preppy East Coast cool look. Setting your table beside built-in booth seating or an upholstered bench will make it cozy and casual -- perfect for a family home. Style your windows with woven blinds for sophisticated polish, and lay down a graphic rug for a playful dose of pattern.
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Sinclair Chair, From $119, Restoration Hardware  Ikat Cotton Carpet, From $525, Madeline Weinrib Modern Globe Pendant, $1890, Circa Lighting 
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Boating in Antigua by Slim Aarons, $1550, Jonathan Adler Hobie Vases, From $28, Jayson Home  Red Polka Dot Roll Up Napkins, $28, Papers & Presents
_header3 Elevate your rustic table from farmhouse chic to continental cool with antique seating, midcentury modern cult-favorite chairs, moody artwork, and a dainty crystal chandelier. This style is more about the art of collecting investment pieces than it is a balance of color of a mix of styles. Pair your trestle table with can't-live-without seating and honey-can-I-have-this artwork, and you'll have no regrets.
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Panton Classic Chair, $1630, Danish Design Store Calvin Klein Lunar Area Rug, $2999, Bloomingdale's  Brooke Chandelier, inquire, Julie Neill Designs
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 Polyphony 1 (2013) by Susan Schwab, inquire, 1st Dibs Wrought Iron Fleur de Lys Candle Holder, $3102, 1st Dibs  Linen Napkins With Copper Thread, $46, One Kings Lane
Do you have a trestle table? How have you styled it? Tell us in the comments! Photographs: Trevor Tondro, Nuevo EstiloBetter Homes & Gardens, Michael Moeller