Janet Wiley. Coffee Table. January 08th , 2018.
The style, shape and size of the table should take into account how the room is decorated (or how you intend to decorate it). Some specialists recommend choosing the table first, searching for the one that we love and the one that best stimulates our imagination, then, depending on it to choose the rest of the furniture. When youre undecided and dont know what style or what colour you should choose for your living room, go to the section with round coffee tables, choose one that you like the best, this may then give you inspiration for the design of the rest of the room. Got your eye on a low and white table? You are likely to have a contemporary minimalist style. You like a massive carved, black wood table? Think of classic styling, which may be more to your taste. And examples could continue. The fact is that you can choose the table first, then build around it.
The coffee table which has become an indispensable furniture particularly in the living room is a long low table which is placed in front of the sofa. It functions as a resting place for beverages, magazines, a coffee table book or two, occasionally even the feet. In this day and age, these tables of this type are made from a variety of materials or a combination of materials which makes this piece of furniture more appealing with designs that range from the simple leggy types to those with ornate designs that show the artistry of the tables maker. This table can come in many colors as well and shapes such as round, rectangular, square, and irregular shapes such as the kidney bean.
Next to a sofa, sectional or love seat, one of the most popular pieces of living room furniture has to be coffee tables. Over the years, coffee tables have morphed from a place to set drinks and food while you talk to becoming a surrogate dining room table, thanks to innovations in design. As most homeowners know, the television has become the focal point of many homes. Home theaters and gigantic plasma screens have transformed homes into mini movie theaters. Small wonder why then, that families young and old have moved their dining into the living room. And while coffee tables and TV trays performed admirably, designers realized there had to be a better way.
Three of the most popular functions are storage, lift top, and eating meals. With a storage table you can use it to put away extra clutter like books or magazines. There are different types of storage tables. There are storage coffee tables with many drawers, with two or three drawers, and even storage tables that are trunks. If you decide to get a trunk coffee table you should check out a dark oak trunk table. These are very elegant and will be an excellent conversation starter. Unique coffee tables with glass tops are an excellent place to put artwork or beautifully designed coffee table books. The glass top enhances what you display and also because of the transparency creates the illusion of more space.
Scaling your coffee table. Scale is an important consideration these days, as larger living room furniture can dwarf older tables. When looking at coffee tables you want to look for one that wont look lost in the room, overshadowed by other furnishings. Conversely, you dont want one that takes over the room either. As you measure your room and furnishings, remember that the coffee table will be about 18" away from your sofa, love seats and chairs. It needs room to breathe and it needs room for you and your guests to move around it without it getting in the way. Most tables are 16" to 18" high, but some contemporary designs can be lower, so you want to factor that in if shopping for a modern style. Ideally, your table should be one to two inches lower than the height of the seat of your furniture. As far as length, it should be about two-thirds the length of your sofa. If you have an 8 sofa, for instance, your coffee table should be a little more than 5 in length. These are just general rules, however, as the exact scale is also determined by the size of the room and the location of the furniture. Color/finish is important.
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