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Occasional Tables

The ubiquitous occasional table really doesn't get the press it deserves. Ask yourself this: What is attractive, yet unobtrusive; functional, yet can be very artsy; beautifully shows off art, lamps, pictures, books – or nothing at all – and still look like a work of art itself? When you think of occasional tables this way, you begin to understand how these unsung heroes can be critical in pulling the décor of a room together without dominating it.

Occasional tables are small, decorative tables that have no specific function. They’re not designed with a purpose, like dining or bedside tables. They are designed to decorate; not necessarily to perform any task. However, for the purpose of interior design, they help to bring together other components of a room in a fluid and aesthetic way. In other words, occasional tables are decorative items in and of themselves.

You can find occasional tables to compliment nearly any decor. Styles in occasional tables run the gamut from vintage and fantasy to ultra modern. Whatever your style, the variety of beautiful occasional tables is limited only by imagination. The materials used are as varied as the styles. Basic materials are wood, metal, glass and plastic. Exotic materials, such as rare woods, crystal and marble are used as well.

Often, the style dictates the materials used in the construction of an occasional table. For many traditional and vintage styles, wood is the material of choice. Sometimes a marble top is incorporated, or the wood top might be inlaid with wood or metal trim in contrasting colors. The contemporary styles incorporate a lot of glass and metal. The modern styles are ultra chic – some of them in pure crystal. The Spartan style of modern pieces lends a clean set of lines and can be matched to other modern pieces, or mixed with contemporary pieces for a little stylish flavor.

When choosing an occasional tables, consider the layout of the entire room. Style is important, but so is scale. Using a tape measure, write down the dimensions (length, width and height) of all the pieces in the room. You can then sketch the layout on a piece of paper, keeping things in proportion (graph paper is very helpful for this purpose). Include the measurements of the occasional tables you would like to add. This will help you get a sense of how a set of occasional tables will look with your room.



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wrought iron occasional tables 
HAND-WROUGHT IRON OCCASIONAL TABLES 
wrought iron two tier table in lightly antiqued silver leaf
wrought iron table  
wrought iron table with antiqued gold
wrought iron table
wrought iron table with antiqued silver leaf finish and glass top
wrought iron table
wrought iron table with antiqued gold
wrought iron table
wrought iron table with scroll design in antiqued silver leaf
wrought iron table
 
 
gorgeous inlaid Italian tables | accent tables ideas 
ITALIAN INLAID ACCENT TABLES
Biedermeier style round wood table with walnut burl veneer top, boxwood inlay with floral motif, walnut legs and hand-rubbed antiqued walnut finish
Biedermeier table
Louis XVI style round two-tier occasional table with walnut veneer inlaid with ebony and many other woods
Louis XVI table
 English style oval drop leaf table inlaid with mahogany and maple. Table has two drawers
drop leaf table
19th-century English style occasional table inlaid with walnut, olive burl and boxwood, antique gold-leaf trim
English style table
Louis XVI style round wood table inlaid with walnut, olive burl and boxwood
Louis XVI table
 
 carved wood accent tables
CARVED ACCENT TABLES
18th century Tuscan style round carved wood table with scroll and leaf motif, distressed silver leaf finish, and clear glass top and shelf
Tuscan style table
Scottish style round carved wood table with hand-painted antiqued medium brown finish, antique goldleaf accents
Scottish style table
 Louis XV style round wooden occasional table with carved tripod base inlaid-painted medium brown finish with antique gold accents
Louis XV table
18th-century Tuscan style round carved wood table with leaf motif, hand-painted medium brown finish, antique gold-leaf accents and glass top
Tuscan style table
Scottish style round wood table in hand-painted antique ivory finish with antique gold-leaf accents
Scottish style table
 
crystal tables
CRYSTAL ACCENT TABLES
round solid crystal table with antiqued brass trim
solid crystal table
round table with solid crystal legs and antiqued brass trim
crystal table
 round solid crystal table with polished nickel trim
crystal table
solid crystal table with polished nickel trim
crystal table
round solid crystal table with polished nickel trim
crystal table
 
 
ocasional tables

an occasion for style: picking out an occasional table
Let's talk tables. They're in practically every room. You eat on them. You entertain on them. You decorate with them. So why shouldn't you love the table you own? Let your accent table be the talk of your home by picking out a gorgeous occasional table to add to your interior decor. When it comes to occasional tables, there is no rule for one size fits all. There is a whole world of table varieties, each with their own charm... about read more occasional tables and style >>

occasional tables

Accent tables for any occasion
The inherent beauty of occasional tables is that they do not have to be used for any single particular occasion. They are amazingly functional in any room at any time and they add style and elegance to any decor. Often used as a spot to hold a lamp or drinks or even a great book, these charming accent tables... about read more occasional accent tables >>

ocasional tables

infusing beauty and function with occasional tables
For sheer versatility in a room, occasional tables take the cake. This handy piece of furniture can be placed just about anywhere and has a multitude of different functions. Occasional tables are so named because they are tables with no officially designated use... about read more how to infuse beauty and function with occasional tables >>

center tables

create your own social network with center tables
Do gatherings at your home have a location where everyone seems to gravitate? Guests tend to orbit like satellites in places that attract and encourage them to gather. In many homes, the kitchen is the place that everyone seems to be found – even when it's not the intended space. .. continue reading about center tables >>

accent tables

adding gentility and purpose with accent tables
Decorating with exceptional quality glass top and marble top accent tables showcases exquisite taste in the way one chooses to display decorative home accents. This variety of heirloom quality accent tables with marble and glass table tops offer thoughtful home decorators the opportunity to pass down these extraordinary furnishings to future generations. They are also functional in any home as a place for lamps, books, candles, vases and other decorative pieces.... about read more accent tables with glass and marble tops add gentility and purpose >>

display tables

choosing display tables
When you have lovely souvenirs or collectibles that you cherish, the absolute last thing that you want to do is leave them out where they can become damaged. If you want to make sure that your favorite things get to shine, but you are not interested in them becoming damaged, it’s time to consider a display table...read more about display tables >>

 
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