When you invite guests over, you'll want to provide them with a comfortable and functional space in which you can enjoy their company. And it's also important that your entertaining space be attractive, as well. A well-appointed
coffee table adds beauty to an entertaining space at the same time it functions as the perfect place for food, beverages, and decorative items.
In the past, formal entertaining was a staple for afternoon activities, with guests coming to call and enjoying coffee or tea along with biscuits and cakes or even cute little sandwiches. Most of our entertaining in current times is more casual, but
coffee tables still play an important part in our lives. To be sure, it's important to have a decorative table that functions as a place on which to place your items for entertaining, but this piece of furniture can add so much more to a room.
Coffee tables are not only for food and beverages, but they provide the perfect space to display magazines and books. A green plant or vase of flowers looks vibrant and natural on a coffee table; the low height helps to display the plant or flowers to their full advantage, too. These
tables are the perfect height for board games, and they also are conducive to group projects where several people need to examine papers or other materials at the same time.
While most decorators recommend a specific height -- approximately equal to the height of the sofa's seat cushion -- for coffee tables, just about every other aspect of the table's shape, size, style, materials, and decorative details are for you to choose. Think about it; these choices make this piece of furniture one of the most versatile in your home. If your taste runs to fine wood, glass, or metals of all finishes, there's a table for you. Do you like oval tables, or is a traditionally-shaped rectangular table more to your liking? And the choices in decorations and other features are extensive. You can select a table with a lower shelf for holding books or magazines, you might want a table that combines the richness of both glass and wood, or the table's legs can be slender, sturdy, or ornately carved.
Since a coffee table sits near the center of a room or a conversation area, it naturally holds a point of focus. Your choice of table makes a huge difference in the look and feel of the room, so be sure that your table not only offers the function that you need but also provides a reflection of your style and helps to bring
the room together.