When it comes to the coffee table, the first image that comes in many people's head is a short, small rectangular table that sits in front of a sofa. However, the coffee table has evolved way past that picture and today coffee tables are available in numerous different shapes and designs to suit different tastes and room schemes.
Because this piece of furniture usually sits in the middle of the living room (where you can't miss it), when picking a model, make sure it is a good one.
Decide What You Want Your Coffee Table to do For You
When choosing a coffee table living room décor should be your guiding point. If you want to keep your room feeling open, a table with metal bases and a glass top will help you with that. Coffee tables with glass top are also a great option if you don't want it to be the focus of the room. In this case, choose one with a glass top and a finish that matches with the other elements in the room - this will keep the attention turned to all the items in the room, not just one item of the design. If you want to have a harmonious look when adding decorations to your coffee table living room designing ideas in magazines could be of help.
To make your space looks cozier (and also to add some extra storage) choose a traditional coffee table and place a basket, a trunk or an old suitcase under it to ground the space that otherwise may feel too open.
Consider your Seating Arrangement
If you have two sofas or a larger seating arrangement, then you should consider getting a big coffee table so everyone sitting around can reach it. The table should also be the same height as the surrounding seating, with 45cm being a good average. And if you decide to go with a coffee table with a lip, make sure the lip isn't higher than the seating, otherwise you may end up hitting your coffee against the lip when trying to set it down.
Break the Rule of One Single Table
Instead of focusing on a table that takes up all your floor space, or trying to decide with side tables match with your coffee table, think in multiples. Adding two, three and even four smaller coffee tables instead one incorporate both function and form to a living room, and may also bring a modern feeling to your space. Plus, if you are a person who likes to keep changing the layout of your living room, a grouping of small tables can be easily rearranged or moved when necessary.