Practicality Vs impeccability

You may have realised by now that I’m a little bit of a perfectionist when it comes to practicality. Of course I’m a lover of items in the home which look great, but they also have to do their job just as well, and coffee tables are no exception.

The style, shape, size and colour all need to be considered when choosing what to home in your sitting room, but first and foremost the practicality of the table should definitely be studied. A table may be striking and have the ‘WOW’ factor, but it’s no good if it can’t hold your cuppa, or that all important glass of wine!

I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks to look out for when it’s time to make the choice…

Why will you use your coffee table? Aside from the usual, what will be different about YOUR coffee table, what would you like it to do? Some tables are abstract, loud and crying out to be the centre of attention, whereas others are simply there to complement the other furniture and be more of a ‘blender’.

The material of the table is also important, as this depends on the theme and style of your room. Traditional rooms require the table to match this, so anything wooden based will look fab. If you have an ultra-modern, retro feel to your room, then plastic, funky, colourful tables are perfect. It’s simply about recognising your style and choosing appropriately.

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The design links to this idea, as again this hinges on the style of your room. You don’t want it to look odd, so really take time to consider your choices, think about the here and now, but also the future; you want the furniture to be an investment.

Colour is obviously a huge factor to consider; again it’s the natural vs eccentric, traditional vs modern debate. The style you’ve chosen for your room means you are limited in one sense, but in other ways not, there are hundreds of colours in a particular style to choose from.

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Next, take your time to think about the size of the coffee table; will it be the main feature of the room, or will it, as mentioned previously, be a ‘blender’? Also, have a think about the size of the room, whether you have lots of space or things are a little cramped, choose the table accordingly.

So there we have a few tips that will help with deciding the fate of your living room. Remember that all coffee tables look lovely with coffee table books or a little general styling; if you need any extra help with this, please give me a shout. I love a cuppa and I love talking homes.

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