Published at Wednesday, October 18th 2017. by Genivee Hernandez in Coffee Tables.
The coffee table generally sits in the expanse between the sofa/s and the television and whilst it does offer a handy place to pop your glass of wine its central location means that most eyes fall on it when they look at the room and it becomes the most important focal point. So are you the arty type with heavy art books and sketch books stacked sky high or perhaps a slightly uptight neat freak with a spotless surface and a coaster at the ready? Regardless of what your personality really is or who you want to project spending some time considering the "presentation" of your coffee table just as you would a display on a buffet or dresser could make a huge difference to your room. If you want to create a coffee table display select pieces with a similar theme and group them together then balance the display with an off centre vase of flowers or bowl. If you prefer to keep your coffee table surface clear look for a coffee table design that makes more of a statement to add interest to the centre of the room if you have a minimalist theme create depth by contrasting shapes a simple round vase on a square table for example.
So after youve dreamt about what you want write down what it is you want your new piece of furniture to do for you. Do you want it to be simple stylish and elegant and mainly to look good? Or do you want it to be functional and enable you to eat off it in the morning or even for dinner? its also really important not to get distracted by a round wood table that looks amazing but doesnt fulfill all your requirements. For example many are quite low so great for putting magazines on or your feet up but not good for eating off of. The great thing about round wood coffee tables thought is that there are designs to fit all your needs.
Style & Colour There are many styles available from very modern to traditional styles look for something that complements the room and other furnishings and a classic glass top will generally be quite safe for those who are unsure. In terms of material timber works well if you have small timber elements in the rooms it helps to tie the room together. If you have a large amount of timber already though it can become overwhelmingly "matchy-matchy" easily if you select a matching coffee table break it up with glass with timber legs or a complimentary timber accessory on top of a poly or glass table. The modern polyurethane options are often suited to buying all one colour; they then form the background for the accessories such as the rug flowers or prints in the room. If you want to create a beautiful arty display on top look for a simpler style that wont compete if you are not so confident with creating bold displays select more of a statement piece that can become the talking point a bolder design will ensure your guests dont think youre boring!
Obviously price is another important consideration but thankfully there are now many attractive well made cheap coffee tables to fit most budgets. And if youre on a really tight budget then you can always go for man made woods with a veneer or stain that give a wood effect.
Scale & Size Firstly the scale of the table is probably the most important factor the table will anchor the room and if its too big or too small then the proportions of the room could be thrown off. The space where the coffee table is going will largely dictate the size if it is to run between a sofa or chaise and the television on the opposite wall (or between 2 sofas facing) then a rectangular coffee table will complement the space if there is a square space between a set of sofas such as a 2+3 or a corner lounge then you could go for square round or oversized rectangle. If you consider it should be just within reach of the main seats it is likely to consume a decent amount of floorspace a general rule is it should be up to two thirds of the sofa in length and sit at roughly the same height as the seats (with variations achieving different looks i.e. very low will create a modern minimalist feel).
Coffee tables are an important part of a living rooms or family rooms decor. They offer style and can be quite functional. Consider the theme of your room before deciding on the coffee tables of your choice. If you want them to serve as storage units or hold reading lamps coffee tables will fit the bill. When you give thought and consideration to this decision your coffee tables will enhance the comfort level.