Coffee Tables

oval carved wood coffee table with leaf motif and antique gold leaf finish
oval carved coffee table
18th century Italian style rectangular carved wood table with distressed white finish
Italian style coffee table
18th century Tuscan style carved wood rectangular coffee table with distressed silver leaf finish and clear glass top and shel
Tuscan style coffee table 
Louis XVI style coffee table in antique white and gold
Louis XVI coffee table
rectangular carved wood coffee table with leaf motif and antique gold-leaf finish
carved wood coffee table

Living room decor with gorgeous hand-carved in Italy wood coffee table with leaf motif anad antique goldleaf finish; hand-crafted luxury furniture; living room ideas
Living room decor featuring carved wood coffee table in gold leaf finish

Coffee Tables

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

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Louis XV style carved wood coffee table with scroll and leaf design, hand-painted medium brown finish and antique gold-leaf trim
Louis XV style coffee table
18th-century Tuscan style carved wood coffee table with hand-painted medium brown finish, antique gold-leaf accents
Tuscan style coffee table
18th century French Neoclassic style round carved wood coffee table with rubbed light gold
French Neoclassic coffee table
rectangular wood coffee table with dark brown base
wood coffee table
carved wood coffee table, medium brown finish and antique gold leaf trim
carved wood coffee table
coffee tables

expressing personality with coffee tables
The choice of coffee tables in a living room can be as varied as people's personalities. The coffee table chosen, along with fascinating items displayed on it, offer an exceptional way to express individualism and uniqueness. Guests can tell a lot from the items on display, almost as if those items are quietly telling them a story. Coffee tables can make a home feel more cozy and relaxed, especially if a nice variety of books and magazines are featured. If they are placed strategically, every guest will be able to enjoy a good book... continue reading on coffee 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. Unlike dining tables or coffee tables, occasional tables are equally at home in any room within a home, and they work well on their own or as part of an ensemble of several furniture items.... about read more how to infuse beauty and function with occasional tables >>