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.
Welcome guests with an entryway table decked with a vase of fresh flowers and they'll think they have entered an upscale resort. Place an accent table in the hall below a mirror. Not only will it be an interesting stopping point on the way through your home it is the perfect place for showing off a favorite vacation photo and storing some linens. Place a small round table in a corner to add interest and a resting spot for a hurricane candle or vase of fresh blooms. No matter where you put one you'll just love the extra display and storage space.
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.
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.