As the name suggests a coffee table is not just for putting the coffee on it, it is used for more work than that. It holds centrepieces, books, magazines, food, drinks and even board games. Sometimes the kids need the table for doing school work or it works like an ottoman-you might want to put your feet up on it and relax. Also, it is exactly in the centre of the room, so it is necessary choose a pleasant one.
The very first thing to think about is what do you want your coffee table to do i.e. know the reason – do you want to replace the old one or add some drama to your modern living room by buying a new antique or colourful coffee table, then accordingly pick a table that suits your needs. Also, how it is going to pair with the surrounding furniture pieces.
For example, if you have a bigger living room you can pair your coffee table with ottomans or benches. They can be used for when you need extra seating as well as they will easily connect the sofa and other chairs at the far end of the coffee table. Thus, have more than one ottoman if you have a big living room. When you have a large living room and you have more than one sofa then the obvious solution is to choose a big coffee table. But also consider it pairing it with matching coffee tables.
If you don’t want your coffee table to be the only focal furniture piece then go for a coffee table that has a glass top and a design that complements the rest of the furnishings. Here are some tips to bear in mind when you are choosing a coffee table for your modern living room.
- Coffee Table Shape
When you plan on buying a coffee table, think about the perfect shape for space. Is your living room large in area or is it narrow and small? If you have long sofa set in your living room then an oval or round coffee table will match with that. And for a small living room, if the size matches with your living room, then you can go for the same. Living rooms with modern contemporary sofas or large sofas can go for the square or round coffee tables.
- Coffee Table Height
Generally, the height of a coffee table is of the same height as of the sofas or a bit taller than the sofa’s height. The general height of the coffee table should be 1-2 inches lower than your sofa seating. But if you want it to work as an ottoman for a low height sofa then go for a table is small in height. Also, if you entertain a lot of guests then you can go for a taller coffee table.
- Coffee Table Material
Pick a material that works well with your lifestyle. If you have kids or pets, then don’t choose a glass table or a table with sharp edges. Choose the material that will complement your surrounding existing furniture as well as your lifestyle. There are so many material options for a coffee table. They are available in metal, glass, glass combined with steel or brass, Lucite (considered as a modern coffee table). Then there is wooden coffee table –oak, cherry, maple or walnut. If you want a timeless look then go for a wooden coffee table. For a more sophisticated look, go for a glass or glass with steel coffee table. The latest trend you will find is the upholstered coffee tables. They can fit in every theme and style of the living room. They are available in so many different colours. You can even match your sofas with the colour of the upholstery of the coffee table. You can go for the fabric upholstery or a leather one.
- Coffee Table Companions
Some living rooms can accommodate more than one coffee table (smaller coffee tables). Different furniture pieces in a large living room can easily blend in with each other if paired with multiple smaller coffee tables. Not only bigger rooms, small rooms can also them if placed correctly. Using multiple coffee tables give a layered and sophisticated look to the room.
- Coffee Table Functionality
Be clear about the functionality of a coffee table when you are going to buy a new one. Is it going to be used as a decorative piece or for storage? How much storage do you want? Coffee Table comes with storage space such as drawers or shelves. You can store any bits and pieces of the living room in it. And if you just want it for decorative purpose, then go for an antique coffee table.
- Coffee Table Style
According to your decor theme also, you can choose the coffee table. For a vintage, country or informal look, you can choose a wooden table. If you want a modern contemporary look, then a metal table with glass top will work best for you.
Decorating should be fun, right? So, don’t stress about what would go right and wrong. Just keep these simple things in mind and you are good to go. You can either look for colorful coffee tables or the vintage ones from an online store or at a conventional store. Just remember to note the measurements of the room, the space available in front of the sofa set, height and scale of the sofa as well as the surrounding furnishings.