By Darchelle Fournier. Coffee Table. Published at Friday, February 01st, 2019 - 08:18:30 AM.
A coffee table does a lot of work. It needs to hold books, magazines, drinks, food — even games on game night. You might want to put your feet up on it, or the kids might need a place for coloring. Plus it’s usually smack dab in the middle of the room, where you can’t miss it — so make sure it’s a good one.
Coffee tables come in a range of materials that serve dual functions. A glass top, for example, can create a sense of openness. It blends into the background rather than screaming for attention. Other features can take centre stage. A wooden piece adds warmth to a room with a natural look. A rustic table can make the space seem cosier and more inviting. You can also choose a statement piece. Think of a metal, industrial table with a non-traditional design.
Interior designers use a specific mix for creating a balance of colour. The 60:30:10 ratio includes 60 percent for the dominant hue of a space. The 30-percent figure represents the secondary colour. Think the wood trim and baseboards of a room. The 10-percent portion is for the accent touches.
Coffee tables should be the same height as the surrounding seating, with 18 inches being a good average (although it will depend on your furniture). If you select a coffee table with a lip, make sure the lip isn’t higher than the adjacent seating, or you’ll end up hitting your drink against the lip when you try to set it down. The idea is to put your drink down, not up.
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