Decorative, functional, and often hit or miss in the middle of everything, a coffee table can be a true staple of a living room’s centerpiece. Despite being at the heart of a living room, it isn’t quite the anchor of a space. While it should definitely complement the rest of the furniture in the room, you don’t want it to hog all of the attention or background to the point where the room loses some of its depth and character. So how do you integrate a coffee table into your space without creating a cookie-cutter coffee table? Follow these coffee tips for design success.
Visual Interest: While the coffee table may serve as the perfect backdrop, it should add to the overall visual interest of the room. Since most coffee tables are quite plain in appearance, the surrounding furniture often serves as the visual interest for guests or visitors to the space. For this reason, when choosing a coffee table display, think about the overall style of the room as well as the purpose for which the table is intended. Is it an accent piece to emphasize a particular look or style? Or perhaps a conversation piece to lend a bit of light and air to a room?
Size: If you are working with a large space, such as a hallway or a generous living area, a rectangular coffee table will likely be the best bet. However, if you are working with a smaller space, such as a bedroom or a lounge room, a rectangular shape might not be the best choice. The key is to balance the visual interest of the furniture with the overall size of the area. Larger shapes are usually best for larger rooms, while smaller shapes can work in spaces with fewer open spaces.
Shape: One other option is to choose a round coffee table. This is especially helpful if you have a unique or unusual shaped space that would otherwise be rendered ineffective by a square or rectangle shaped table. However, if you already have a unique shaped space, a round shape may actually make the space look a lot smaller than it really is. For this reason, it is important to balance the visual effect of the coffee table with the size of the space.
Nested Sets: Nesting tables are also another great idea for those who are working with a small space. When used in this manner, they are usually placed inside of other pieces of furniture, such as side tables or couches. Here are some of the best tips for using stable coffee tables in this manner:
Shape: It is best to choose a coffee table display that has a rounded shape. A rectangular shape could prove too small and cramped for most spaces. Also, if you go with a rectangular piece, be sure to choose one with rounded corners, so that it will fit into most corners. This is also a good way to avoid creating a “stepping stone” between rooms. If the coffee table display you choose has sharp or squared corners, this can actually ruin the flow of the room, as sharp corners tend to make the room seem cut off from the rest of the house.
Extra Storage: Nestable coffee tables also offer some extra storage, which is great for homes with small bathrooms or for people who are home a lot. Many of these come with extra shelves, while others even have drawers. However, make sure that you note the measurements of your bathroom or space before selecting the extra storage options. Also, keep in mind that many of these come equipped with doors, which can be great for allowing plenty of light into a small space. However, if your home is already well lit, then it may not look appropriate.
Cost: Glass coffee tables are generally more expensive than their wood or metal counterparts. But if money isn’t really an issue in your household, then this is a personal choice. Many people feel that glass tops are quite elegant and timeless, so they stick with these types of tables. You should, however, shop around as much as possible, so that you can find the best price on the perfect coffee table for your home.