Coffee Cocktail Tables: The coffee, or cocktail table, is probably the most functional of the bunch. It is a low table typically placed in front of a sofa where magazines can be placed and coffee or cocktails served. Here, the general rule of thumb is that you should look for a table that is at or about the same height as your sofa or chair seat cushion, but no more than an inch or two shorter as you do not want it to be difficult or uncomfortable for your guests to reach. Another current design trend is to opt for the oversized ottoman as coffee table. By placing a tray on top of an oversized ottoman, you create a more stable surface and an attractive focal point.
End Tables: An end table is a small table placed beside a chair or at each end of a sofa. It should be relative in depth to the arm of the chair or sofa it flanks. Additionally, it is wise to choose a table that is proportionate in scale to the surrounding furniture. For example, an overstuffed sofa calls for a table larger or bulkier in size while a petite wing chair needs a smaller table with a more delicate frame and lines. A current design trend is to mix and match styles and shapes. In fact, rather than matching all the furniture in a bedroom suite, some people choose to use mix and matched end tables in lieu of night stands. If you are unsure about whether or not your tables fit together, a good rule of thumb is to try to coordinate the table legs with the lines and curves of your furniture.
Why are accent tables such a decorative buy? Well, it is because they are styled in a number of beautiful ways. For example, you can purchase one that has a stunning ornamental appearance crafted from wood with a cherry finished base that is filled with detailed woodworking while having a table top filled with a patterned design achieved by different colored veneers. Or, you could get one that has more of an Asian flare featuring slightly flared legs with a base finished in a rich black color, apron that has raised slats, and a two toned table top with a black outline and a red interior, all of which is adorned with delicate bird and floral accenting.
The designs that are readily available when it concerns accent tables does not stop there either as well as primarily they are just the starting to what you might purchase. A few of the other design selections consist of those that are more traditional, others that are much more on the nation, cottage side of the spectrum, some that have a colonial ambiance, and there are also art deco choices as well as those that even combine styles referred to as transitionally styled pieces. The factor there are a lot of style choices is because these furnishings can be crafted from all kind of products and then styled various ways with various finishes.
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