Books, flowers and trays are the typical accents for the living room coffee table, but the table itself warrants some discussion. Choosing the right coffee table is the trick to unifying your coastal living room. This humble, functional piece can serve as a foundation for family or friends simply relaxing on the couch. There are many things to consider when choosing a coffee table such as style(like our coastal coffee tables), space and use, as well as decor ideas to add more pizazz to your living area.
Coastal Living – Coffee Table Tips
A coffee table serves many functions–a place to set your favorite beverage, a makeshift office or a place to display your Elle Decor or Coastal Living magazines. It can provide a solid surface for appetizers or shine as the centerpiece on family game night.
When picking a coffee table, we invite you to think about some of these criteria:
-What will be your main use for the furniture?
-What is the size of the room where your coffee table will sit?
-How do you anticipate to use the table, aesthetically? Will it take center stage? Or will it serve merely as a functional piece?
-Does it need to be portable for entertaining?
-What is the height of the furniture around it?
-Will the table be used in a high-use area, such as the family room?
-What is your coastal design style?
Once you have answered these few questions and determined the size, function and style, next it’s time to get inspired by a variety of design ideas:
A round or oval coffee table serves as a functional piece for a smaller space by providing easy access all the way around. These simple shapes in a coffee table can “aid in circulation” around the room and is also a smart choice when there are children and pets frequently using the area. Consider round for a smaller space or oval for a long sofa.
Get The Look:
Replicate the look above by incorporating natural elements into your space such as with our oval-shaped Dunes Coffee Table, a custom made iron dunes fence with a glass top. The dunes fence is a symbol of ecological conservation, but to you, it probably means charm, sand and surf and time to kick off the flip flops.
You may also consider this round Stanley Costello Cocktail Table.
Larger spaces command larger pieces. If your beach home living room is spacious, or if you have two sofas, you may consider a rectangle coffee table. Before you buy, be sure to mark the space to see how it will fit – painters tape is a great way to do this. The classic coffee table size is 48 by 24 inches, and often times you can go up to twice that size.
Get The Look:
Our Large Architectural Cocktail Table shown above works wonderfully in a space where kids and pet abound. The rustic worn wood can take a beating and no one will know the difference. In contrast, the Morris Coffee Table shows off an eclectic style of furniture with a blended antique cottage finish.
You may also consider the Blair Rectangular Table.
Choosing a square table to showcase in your living space is a great way to make a statement. This shape is perfect for L-shaped sofas or with two love-seats placed perpendicular to each other. Above, a family friendly room with the fireplace focal point uses the square coffee table as a gathering spot accessible from each seat in the room.
Get The Look:
Our Wellesley Square Coffee Table has chunky farmhouse legs, but it is the updated, polished finish that can easily make this coffee table an elegant focal point in the room.
For something a little more casual, you may also consider our Low Tide Coffee Table.
Now that you have chosen the perfect coffee or cocktail table, you’ll want to think about styling. Look to this style guide or our display tips for ideas and inspiration on how to show off your coastal style.
Then, stop by our online store to browse our selection of tables!