Decorating your room or home is a fun experience for many homeowners. Regardless of how much change is involved, how you decorate your space can reveal a lot about your personality and lifestyle.
From selecting a colour scheme for your walls to picking out furniture, these choices reflect the atmosphere that you want to create and ultimately how you want to live. Even something as simple as purchasing a coffee table can say a lot about you. So what can it say about you? For starters, let’s talk about this essential living room piece.
The Coffee Table in Your Room
When it comes to decorating your space and giving it a new look, coffee tables are usually an afterthought. They are often overshadowed by larger furniture in the room, such as sofas, a big-screen TV or a grand piano. And even so, most people don’t find them very noticeable or interesting because it’s just there. Unlike vases, artwork, pillowcases, and other decor items, coffee tables are bought as an essential furniture piece to compliment the rest of the room, and not because it’s “pretty.” Yet, somehow, a coffee table can impact the look and feel of a room.
What Your Coffee Table Says About You
Because a coffee table is a vital piece of living room furniture, it can reveal quite a bit about a homeowner’s lifestyle and personal taste. For instance, are there plants or books on the table? Or nothing at all? Is the style traditional or contemporary? And what does this say about the homeowner? Here are some examples.
Coffee tables with hand-wrought iron or gold finishes and a glass top are made for people who have an eye for elegance and sophistication. These coffee tables are perfect for displaying your fancy English tea set, flower bouquet, and other high-end accessories.
The Urban Dweller
Plain glass-top coffee tables with either a metal or glass base make a room look contemporary and modern. These are ideal for people who want a minimalist lifestyle and do not have too much clutter on their coffee tables. A simple and modern design makes a room look very sharp and clean.
The Busy Family
With a full-time job and kids to look after, things can get really messy. Versatile coffee tables, such as the Ewan table are for busy parents. These tables offer plenty of storage space to hide all of the toys, magazines, and books that were left on the table. Best of all it can also be raised to function as a working desk.
People who are going for a laid-back bohemian look would want a wooden coffee table that has a natural or rustic feel. This is usually accompanied by a mix of sprightly colours such as orange, aqua, purple, and red. These coffee tables look organic and natural. They are ideal for those who seek a down-to-earth but also exotic lifestyle.
The Traditionalist Coffee Table
People who want to create a traditional and classy atmosphere in their homes would invest in furniture with classical European design elements. The coffee tables boast clipped corners and intricate carvings. It has a dark wood finish that well suits adding an embellished tray. Top it off with some encyclopedias, and a few cocktails are some additional touches for an evening with guests.
Where to Look
If you’re out of ideas and need some inspiration to create a living room space that suits your style and personality, start by looking at home magazines and design blogs. You can also find inspiration on social media sites such as Pinterest.
Once you have something in mind, you can find a wide array of coffee tables through an online catalogue. While it’s always best to see things in person by visiting a store, online catalogues allow you to cover more ground in less time. So it’s definitely worth checking out.
I’d just be happy to find a coffee table that fit into my room these days. They all seem to be too wide!
kathy downey says
These sure are beautiful pieces,I love them all!
Janet Meisner says
I really like the coffee tables you have shown. There is one for everyone.
Kerry Leslie says
Wonderful coffee tables! I really like The Busy Family – I think that one would suit my family the best although I am also really drawn to the Bohemian!
LeAnn Harbert says
All of these tables are so unique. I like the one for the busy family.
Cindy Vincent says
I find this to be very true, and very interesting
Betty S says
some great ideas for coffee tables, I am currently looking for one,
Lindsay T says
I love the busy family coffee table! Hides so much!
I really like the coffee tables you have shown!!!
Alicia Boisvert says
Excellent ideas for coffee tables. I love the square coffee tables, great read. Interesting and enjoyable to read. Thank you!
Lynda Cook says
I love that The Busy Family table, can hide a lot of junk in there..lol
Florence Cochrane says
The Busy Family table is one I like. My coffee table is always covered in books and stuff. I love the drawers to put it in.
Janet Meisner says
I don’t think I really fit in the categories, but I love the photos.
John C says
Some great looking coffee tables here.
Interesting post! Ive never given too much thought into my coffee table, but I do appreciate it is a huge focal point of the room 🙂
Michelle W says
I don’t have a coffee table in my living room! 😔 I haven’t been able to pick one I like, although I do like the ‘busy family’ one you have posted here.
Oh goodness. We still do not have one and it has been two years!
Interesting, I have a simple table.
melia whyte says
i got rid of my coffee table because what it said about me was “she’s messy”. one less place for stuff to collect!
Carole D says
I really like The Busy Family, I love how much storage it as.
Cheryl Grandy says
You’ve shown quite a variety of coffee tables. I’m looking for one with drawers for storage, but not as heavy looking as the one you show for a busy family – I always seem to want something that can’t be found (lol).
LILLIAN BROWN says
My coffee table is small but extends out to twice its size, says my living room is small
These are lovely coffeetables! Ours is a very basic wooden one.
Really love that strap table!
I really like a versatile coffee table that I can use for all types of things and that has storage space like the one pictured.
HEIDI C. says
Our coffee table definitely fits the Busy Family category as it has small stools that fit under it for extra seating.
Heidi Bee says
Love these so much. We don’t currently have a coffee table. But you are making me rethink that!
unfortunately no matter how hard I try our coffee table is covered with hubby’s stuff: remotes, electronics, books, tissues, eye glasses, cases,etc.
kathy downey says
I no longer keep a coffee table in my living room,it was just a spot for everything!
Kristi Friesen says
I think my style is kind of a mix between traditional and Bohemian.
Lushka Smith says
Great ideas, something for everyone.
toni v says
what about a messy coffee table, LOL that’s me
Wanda Tracey says
I would want that laid-back bohemian look and would want a coffee table that projects a natural and organic look. I love a home that has a rustic or cottage look in it’s décor.