By Elaine Monette. Coffee Table. Published at Monday, June 11th, 2018 - 09:27:03 AM.
Generally, furniture of the classic traditional or French provincial style will come in standard sizes. You may find some ornate pieces that vary in length and width. A coffee table of the same decor will create order and cohesiveness. But you can use this addition in creative ways too.
To see what size of coffee table will work best for your room, first mark its footprint with painter’s tape. That will allow you to see the scale of the piece in the room and how that affects the surrounding furniture. If you have a very large room and a large coffee table, you can break up the scale of the table by flanking it with pairs of ottomans or benches, as in this example.
If you don’t want the coffee table to be the focus of the room, choose one with a glass top and a finish that blends with others in the room, as in this example. This will keep the eye interested in all the items in the room, not just one layer of the design.
Another consideration is how it will sit on your floor or rug, and if it will damage those surfaces. Splintered table legs or rusty metal bases can scratch or stain the flooring. Secondhand stores sometimes leave those areas unrefinished, so be sure to check.
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