Coffee tables are pieces of furniture that we sometimes forget to consider in detail. They are an inseparable part of any living room. A coffee table is generally a furniture that we see for a long time, while entertaining guests, watching TV, or just sipping some tea or coffee. Interior design ideas concerning the coffee table include the height, shape, size, texture, color, and style.
The height of the coffee table should provide practical use. Sit down on your couch to see how high an ideal coffee table would be for your living room.
Rectangular coffee tables look good in most living rooms. If you have children, round shapes would be better, in order to prevent injuries. Square coffee tables might look good too, but remember that they require more floor space.
When choosing a coffee table, keep the size of your sofa in mind so that you can select a reasonable table length. Your coffee table should be one half to two thirds as long as your sofa.
What about the material it is made of? Wooden coffee tables help create a warmer interior design, but don’t forget that some types of wood dent easily. Ask the seller what the table is made of, and check its texture.
If the coffee table has a lacquered finish, it means that the surface of your table is protected, so it can be used for a long time. If you are going to put hard objects on your table, remember to use some decorative textiles to protect that lacquer.
Tables made of metal pieces are easy to use, but metal might give a cold effect to your living room. If you are sure you want metal, ask for stainless steel for high durability. You might also like chrome tables. There is a coating applied to the metal base, so it must be used carefully. The coating can wear off in time.
Glass coffee tables are especially good for small living rooms, since glass does not make the space look closed. Make sure the glass is either thick, or tempered, so that it doesn’t break easily in case of an accident.
You might want to choose a coffee table that is the same color as your furniture, but sometimes (especially in pale colored contemporary living rooms), it’s a good idea to use a flashy color and make your coffee table the focal point.
If you have a small living room, or if you want things to be handy, you can choose a coffee table that has shelves or small compartments. It’s a great way to keep your magazines and books around, without causing any clutter.