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By Paul Adede When you think about it, a coffee table is a crucial component of a living space. Whether you are sitting in a coffee shop, waiting in a reception or waiting room, or even sitting in your living room, there is probably a coffee table somewhere in sight. Used purely for convenience, they […]

Main coffee table styles

By Paul Adede

When you think about it, a coffee table is a crucial component of a living space. Whether you are sitting in a coffee shop, waiting in a reception or waiting room, or even sitting in your living room, there is probably a coffee table somewhere in sight. Used purely for convenience, they are not a necessity but still, people sometimes spend a small fortune on them. This is because they can add subtle character to the room. Coffee tables aren’t like home office desks, office desks, cafe tables etc. They can come in all shapes and sizes from basic tables to the more elaborate and some extraordinary designs that can be thought provoking or just aesthetically pleasing.

Cottage Coffee Tables

In some ways, cottage style is as much a frame of mind as it is an approach to decorating. There’s an everyday ease in the way it celebrates imperfections, ordinary treasures and blended families of furniture. Cottages tend to be humble, unpretentious and full of heart — traits most of us would be proud to claim. Both cottage and country styles feature feminine lines and detailing, such as turned legs. Painted and distressed finishes are common features of country and cottage coffee tables.

Industrial Coffee Table

Industrial style evokes the purposeful look and feel of factory tools, utilizing metal and wood in more rough-hewn, sturdy construction. These can pair well with loft-style living rooms, or stand in perfect contrast to softer surroundings.

Mid Century Coffee Table

Mid-century modern refers to the interior design style that was popular between the 1950s and 1960s. Mid-century modern coffee tables are characterized by clean, simple lines and bent wood or molded plastic construction. Most of the time, wood furniture has a simple finish to show off its natural beauty.

Parsons Coffee Table

A modern square or rectangular table, a parsons table has four flush, square legs that are equally as thick as the flat top. The parsons table is a modern design created in the 1930s. Though it has a simple shape, a parsons coffee table can be embellished with upholstery or different materials to fit many design schemes.

 Modern Coffee Table

It refers to furniture produced from the late 19th century through the present that is influenced by modernism.

Contemporary Coffee Table

Though contemporary and modern may seem interchangeable, contemporary style refers to what is currently popular. Contemporary designs often feature stark interiors with bold, bright accents. Glass tops and metal bases are common features of contemporary coffee tables.

Common Tabletop Materials

Metal
A popular pick, metal coffee tables are made out of durable iron, steel aluminum, or other alloys. Often, this easy-to-clean coffee table is complemented with a glass top or a combination of wood and glass.

Wood
By far the most common coffee table surface, wood is susceptible to water rings, so most people use trivets and coasters to protect it.

Glass
Another popular top material is glass. One thing to keep in mind when buying a glass-topped table is that water rings and spills will be more visible on glass, and it will need to be cleaned regularly.

Stone
For a traditional, stately look choose a slate-, stone-, or marble-topped table. The upkeep of a stone top will depend upon the type of stone.

Upholstered
If you desire a cushy place to rest your feet, an upholstered tabletop has the sturdiness of a coffee table, but the comfort of an ottoman. Placing a serving tray atop an upholstered coffee table can give you a spot to rest a drink without worry of it spilling.

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