An exclusive advices from an Italian blogger: How to choose a right coffee table
Specially for coffeetablereview.com an expert view about home decor from Noemi M (Italian blogger writing about fashion and style). Her advices are useful and creative. Hope you enjoy it.
Nowadays, it seems that the item that can’t miss in a house is the coffee table. Not only because of its usefulness but also because it’s really a stylish piece of furniture.
There’s plenty of choice in shape, material and style so how to choose the right one for you?
A piece of furniture is not like a dress, which sometimes we purchase then thinking “I will probably never wear it but I like it so much” (who never did it?).
Our home tells a lot about us, so when it comes to decorating it we should consider our taste without forgetting some practical rules to avoid mistakes and waste of money.
For me, the first thing to think about before buying a coffee table is the use you want to make of it.
Is it going to be most of all a decorative piece of furniture? A place for books, magazines and beautifully arranged flowers or do you want it to be more “lived”? A place to rest your feet and where kids (if you have them) can draw and eat and your cat (if you have one) can sleep.
Once you’ve decided that, think about where you want to place it. Is it going to be near the sofa, in a corner of a room, near a window? Because if you have a big sofa you’d probably prefer a big table, not a small one. Mind the proportions, size and height matter. If your couch is quite low don’t choose a much higher coffee table, it wouldn’t be practical. Same if you decide to place it on the side of the couch, it shouldn’t be lower or higher than the arms.
If you have a big book that you really want to display (some are really huge!) make sure that it will “fit” the table.
I personally think that a coffee table doesn’t need to match all the other furniture of a room.
If your living room is mainly white with modern furniture you can choose an antique one that catches the eye.
For example, I have an old trunk (it was my great grandfather’s) that I recently started to use as a coffee table. Old trunks are so roomy and you can put lots of old magazines or books inside.
If you have one you can also decide to paint it and give it a modern twist, which would be a good solution in case its wood has lost its polish.
But if you want a coffee table that blends with the room, then go for a transparent one, in glass, plexiglass or a similar material. I love them, but remember, materials like perspex need a precise maintenance and that they can become opaque if exposed directly to the sunlight.
I personally like metallic finishes, most of all if they match other objects in the room, so a glass coffee table with silver or golden finishes is perfect and if it has a lower shelf is even better, if you live surrounded by books and magazines!
Once you’ve chosen your coffee table, you just have to pick the right accessories. Vases, bowls, trays, candles, maybe a souvenir from a charming journey, you can choose among a lot of beautiful objects.