It wasn’t that long ago when occasional tables were designed and sold en suite—a matching set of coffee table, end table and sofa table were the norm. And typically, their most remarkable feature was they provided a surface on which to set a lamp or a beverage. Today’s choices are a far cry from that old ‘matchy-matchy’ mentality. In fact, top designers use tables to create a totally unique aesthetic in a room. Like individual works of art, tables add personality and character to a room. They’re available in a wide range of styles and materials, including acrylic, wood, stone and metal, and often feature fascinating finishes and exquisite detailing.
Here’s a roundup of some of the top looks in today’s table designs:
Many of today’s tables also offer multiple functions and enhanced utility features such as built-in serving trays, storage and even seating—all of which are important assets for modern households. If you’re short on space or need to make a big impact in a size-challenged room, multifunctional pieces are the answer.
A welcome alternative to the large, bulky entertainment armoires of old, the new generation of entertainment units meet the needs of modern households. Look for consoles with slim profiles, storage and all-important cord management.
When shopping for tables and media consoles, bear the following tips in mind: