Coffee tables are a decorating essential for any living room. They help set the general spacing of the room, as the sofa and chairs are generally displayed around them. Coffee tables are not only useful but they are the place where you can put decorative center-pieces and books. They serve as footstools, game areas and conversation starters. They can also be the focal point in a room. Here are some coffee table decorating basics to consider before you make your purchase.
Use & Style. Before purchasing a coffee table, think about its purpose. Are you going to want a table with extra storage? Will it be in a room with a lot of traffic? Do you want a table that will last a long time or are you okay with a table that will last a few years? If you have children, you may want a table that is difficult to scratch. In addition, when shopping for a table keep in mind what room decorating ideas you’ve already implemented in your space. You will want a coffee table that matches the general style and decor of your living room.
Shape.You will need to decide what shape coffee table you will choose. Rectangular and oval tables look good in smaller rooms whereas square and round tables are great for larger seating arrangements. Round and oval tables bring more flow to a room than rectangular or square ones, but the latter two provide more space on the table itself. Some people prefer round or oval tables if they have little children, as these tables lack sharp edges.
Size. Your coffee table needs to work with the seating arrangement of your living room. It shouldn’t be too high or too low compared with your sofa and chairs. The length of the coffee table should be between one-third and two-thirds of the length of your sofa.
Material. When choosing a material, go for something that you like and that matches your home decor. Wood tables are quite common and can be beautiful but if you are going for a more modern look, you may want a metal or glass table. If you are choosing a wood table, remember that hardwoods (like oak, walnut, maple etc) last longer than softwoods (pine, cedar). Metal tables made out of stainless steel are quite strong and durable. Glass tables are also a popular choice, especially for small rooms because they allow light to shine through, thereby creating a more spacious feel.
Many people don’t put a lot of time or effort into their coffee table decorating. But you won’t regret choosing your table with care, as it may just be the most used and useful piece of furniture in your home!