Choosing the Right Coffee Table
Coffee tables are frequently one of the last furniture decisions that you make when pulling a room together. And yet, a coffee table can act as a defining centerpiece to a room, establishing the feel and intention for how the space should be used.
The size, shape, and material set a precedent since they’re often centrally located and will automatically draw attention. Aside from the sofa, your coffee table will be the most used piece of furniture in your living room.
The right coffee table gives the living room a distinct personality. An angled dark walnut coffee table can give your room a sense of warmth. Choosing a round, marble coffee table adds a touch of sophistication to the area. The beauty of the coffee table is that there are so many styles to choose from.
If you need a coffee table for your living room, we have selected an assortment that can appeal to every style. You may be uncertain about which design fits best in your home when you want to buy a coffee table. We’re here to help and have a handy guide so you can make the best decision.
All Shapes and Sizes
Before you choose a coffee table design, you have to decide on what function it’s going to serve and a coffee table price-point that you’re comfortable with. Are you looking up coffee tables that act as decorative pieces, or do you want a table to create additional storage space for holding your odds-and-ends? Maybe you’re looking for a work at home coffee table that doubles as an office space, or maybe your coffee table is really just a table coffee rests on.
Once you know how you plan on using your coffee table, you can then narrow down the options by taking into consideration the size of the room. If the space is small or crowded with furniture, coffee tables—along with other design pieces—can benefit from circular or oval shapes. If you have ample room, then a square or rectangle can fill up the area nicely while adding to the amount of usable space.
When you shop coffee tables, keep in mind the couch and other furniture you plan to pair with it. You'll want to avoid a coffee table that is shorter than your sofa’s seat, otherwise, you’re going to have to reach to pick up your drink. You also want to choose a coffee table that is shorter in length to your sofa, so that you don’t have to avoid it to sit down.
A Modern Look
If you want a modern look, Lulu and Georgia curates the best selection of chic and sleek coffee tables to anchor your design.
To pull together a modern living room, you may want to include a statement-making coffee table with sharp lines and metallic accents. Pair this table with one of our contemporary ceiling lights and you’ll create an ambiance that you never want to leave.
If you are opting for style over function, then you may want to choose an oblong metal coffee table that can stand out as a piece of art, as well as a place to set your beverage.
To nail down a modern look, choose materials that are dark-toned to give your space an industrial feel. Conversely, you can go with white or transparent to create a clean, minimalistic approach.
Woodsy and Natural
If you’re looking for living room coffee tables that make you feel cozy and warm, you may lean more towards choosing one made from wood or natural materials.
To create a more timeless appeal, you can select a round coffee table that shows the natural beauty of wood grain to draw in the rest of the room. When combined with accents of metal, this style will give you a classically stylish expression while retaining a natural look.
Choosing a natural material for your coffee table can create a wide variety of looks. You may opt for hardline geometric shapes while still maintaining a modern look, or you might select a coffee table with organic edges designed to bring nature inside.
Color and Material
If you already have the style of the room decided on and the function you plan on using your coffee table for, then you just need to select the right color and material. To help you narrow down the assortment of options before you, think about the environment that the table will be in.
If you have children running about, you may want to choose a material other than glass. If you have hardwood floors, then contrasting this with a material such as marble might give you the pop you want.
You'll also want to consider how active you are in the room. If you spend most of your time in your living room, then a table that adds functionality as well as style may work best for you. If the room is seldomly used, then you have more freedom to play around with the aesthetic of the table.
How to Style Your Room Around a Coffee Table
A beautiful coffee table can be the centerpiece of your space. By adding quaint touches of accents in the forms of sculptures or vases, you can draw wanted attention to the table.
A minimalistic coffee table can benefit from a Persian rug that adds warmth and vibrancy with varied colors ranging from gold to navy.
An ornate oval coffee table can be accentuated with a comfy sofa that creates a sense of ease and comfort.
Your coffee table allows you the flexibility to showcase your personality. Most designs provide a working area to populate the space with exactly what you want to display. Visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by how you decorate your coffee table.