By Babette Lesauvage. Coffee Table. Published at Thursday, June 07th, 2018 - 06:18:00 AM.
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.
Budget is the top consideration. A coffee table isn’t something you buy often. To get the most for your money, you need to balance cost with functionality. And a high-quality piece is a better investment in the long run. You can easily keep your cost in check by opting for alternative and less expensive materials. Choose a table with engineered wood for the sub material. It can significantly reduce the price and is just as strong as solid wood. Cutting back on size is another option.
As with any vignette, variety helps to create interest, and styling the coffee table is no exception! A grouping of items with varying heights, textures, and shapes creates a beautiful display. Try using something tall (like a vase of flowers), something short (a small sculpture or stack of books), something hard (like glass or ceramic), and something soft (plants, flowers, or another organic material). When grouped together, the items take on a somewhat organic and undefined shape.
Speaking of materials, coffee tables can come in a wide variety too. There are industrial ones in metal. Materials such as glass combined with either brass or steel offer a more sophisticated look. Whether it is oak, maple, cherry or walnut, wood has its own feel to it. Oak and maple are on the more casual side with walnut and cherry having a more formal look. Consider using Lucite, it will make your table appear to be floating in the room and it offers up a more modern appeal.
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