Style Spotlight: Tables

September 04, 2015

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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.

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Here’s a roundup of some of the top looks in today’s table designs:

  • Rich lacquers in fashion-forward colors ranging from navy blue to vivid pinks and oranges.
  • Warm, burnished gold finishes, which have supplanted the silver and chrome that dominated the market not so long ago.
  • Unusual bases with unexpected geometries in place of traditional legs. A great example is a Greek key-shaped base or natural wood stump as the table support.

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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.

Modern Media

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.

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Shop Smart

When shopping for tables and media consoles, bear the following tips in mind:

  • Keep furnishings in proportion. The size of tables and media consoles should reflect the size of the room. If a piece looks too small or too large, in all likelihood it is.
  • Pay attention to height. Most media consoles are about 30-inches tall, which is ideal for television viewing. The exception is a media console for the bedroom, in which case the console will be a little higher for comfortable viewing.
  • Take advantage of built-in surge protectors, cord management systems, and closed storage options. Few things detract from the look of an attractive room more than a tangle of unsightly cords and piles of games and equipment.
  • Remember that the trend in modern interior design is to mix and match. Look for unique pieces in interesting finishes and materials. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, ask about brands that offer custom finish options.