Coffee tables often serve as the anchor for a living room’s decor, but they don’t have to weigh down your design budget. Consider these coffee table trends and suggestions on how to integrate them into your own space, all for under $1000.
Almost invariably envisioned where coffee tables are concerned, a rectangular coffee table profile is a staple, but such living room centrepieces avail in an array of shapes to suit your style. Round coffee tables or those with an oblong oval shape can provide the perfect contrast to the clean lines of a modern sofa and minimalist chairs or add to the classic appeal of a traditional decor.
Offering exceedingly different aesthetics without sacrificing affordability, my Porto Round Coffee Table pairs a brindle timber finish with the functionality of a bevelled glass inset surface, while at the other end of the colour - and finish - spectrum, my Dover Coffee Table features a distressed white timber finish that provides a perfect focal point for any shabby chic living room.
Oval tables can offer an ideal compromise between rounded shapes and rectangles for designers who want both longer shapes and rounded corners. For two options that epitomise simplicity without sacrificing style, try the ever popular Gramercy Park Oval Coffee Table, which combines a bowed timber base with an inset glass top, or the all-wood St. Albans Coffee Table, which finishes its distinctive base with a starburst-patterned walnut tabletop, all with enviable proportions and exquisite detail.
If timber tables seem to weigh the room down, consider coffee tables dominated by glass. Glass coffee tables offer a sense of stylish sophistication, and due to the simplicity of their primary material, glass tables are versatile enough to incorporate into almost any décor. A characteristic not to be missed, glass coffee tables also aid in creating the illusion of space by allowing light to flow through the area, while providing the design option to keep focus on a distinctive area rug. While contributing to an elegant aesthetic, all with the functionality of a flat surface to display vases, books - or simply serve as a space to set down a glass of wine between sips - glass coffee tables combine versatility, function and style to aplomb.
The modern, geometric profile of the Marquette Coffee Table, as styled by interior gurus, Highgate House, and the two-tiered black timber frame and glass inserts of the classic Claremont Coffee Table offer two distinctly different takes on this timeless material for under $1000.
For those who prefer to keep a few things concealed, the transparency of glass won't suit, but happily, there are plenty of coffee table choices that offer both style and storage. Consider the Soho Oval Coffee Table, featuring a starburst timber top, convenient storage drawer and rounded profile, it could fit right next to the classic disposition of my Washington Tufted Sofa or other curved-line lounge furniture - acting as the missing puzzle piece your living room was always craving. For an aesthetic with a few more angles, the Seville Rectangular Coffee Table won't disappoint, featuring beautiful hardware on two storage drawers and curved accents that make for a profile anything but severe.
Who says coffee tables should be confined to the living room? Serving as practical purposes in libraries, offices and other spaces where you might place an occasional chair or chaise lounge, coffee tables are well received in any room of the home. To create the look of a classic drawing room or a refined library, consider pairing the Sheffield Rectangular Coffee Table in warm Barrel Oak with the refined aesthetics of my Savoy Chair, boasting a rich leather upholstery that will look only natural next to another classically inspired piece.
Some larger living areas may even need more than one coffee table, which is all the more reason not to break the bank when choosing pieces to complete a look. If you want to pair tables in the middle of a large room or even arrange multiple seating areas in the same open space, consider the Milan Rectangular Coffee Table in Parchment or Ebony, both of which feature a faux leather top and finishes that will fit any minimalist or modern design, all the while proving a bold interior look when placed as a pair.
And for the coffee table that redefines versatility, take a look at Palm Beach Coffee Table Set, which starts as an oblong timber table on an industrial metal frame; the two ends double as individual, half-moon-shaped side tables or create a whole new entity when placed together to form one round piece, leaving a rectangular coffee table in their wake.
Finally, coffee tables need not be tables at all. Ottomans and benches can serve the same purpose, particularly when topped with a stylish tray table. They are versatile additions to small spaces that benefit from pieces doing double duty. They are also a natural fit for rooms where rearranging can be a weekly – or even daily – routine. And, because they come in a variety of styles and sizes, they offer plenty of options for buyers on a budget.
For smaller spaces, consider the Toulouse Medium Ottoman, which is perfectly scaled to serve as a coffee table for a loveseat or smaller sofa and also offers hidden storage, another bonus when space is at a premium. Multiple ottomans can also be clustered for those who’d love the look on a larger scale. To achieve a more modern look, consider the sleek style and fresh neutral upholstery of the Naxera Contemporary Bench. Top this versatile piece with a tray when you need a coffee table or move it across the room to serve as extra seating for guests.
Try these ideas to achieve a designer aesthetic for under $1000. And, no matter which of the trendy tables, ottoman or benches you choose, rest assured you won’t have to sacrifice savings for style.What are the defining features you look for in the perfect coffee table? Leave me a comment below: