19,004 Modern Coffee and Accent Tables

Despite being used mostly for holding table lamps, decorative accessories and the occasional beverage, our coffee and side tables often end up playing several different roles. In the middle of a busy week, they can quickly become a desk, dining table or, when organization is at its worst, some extra stacking space. Although they are often last-minute additions, end, console, sofa and bar tables bring function and modern style to your living or family room. As you get ready to revamp your accent tables, take these tips into consideration. More 
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How many accent tables should I buy?


When you’re looking to purchase living room tables, is it important to evaluate your space. While having one coffee table and two side tables might be standard, that might not be an option for you. Instead of cramming several pieces into an already tight room, try having just a coffee table or adding a space-efficient garden stool or folding tray as a side table alternative. Ottomans with trays can make great coffee tables, because they provide a flat surface and extra storage, while a thin, long console or sofa table against the back of a couch avoids using valuable wall space. If you have some extra room to fill, add other accent tables throughout the room, such as a bar cart for holding all your favorite adult beverages.

Should I buy a matching table set?


Once you figure out your space limitations and layout, it’s time to make design decisions. Buying a set of matching tables is often cost-effective and easy, especially if you are going for a more traditional living room feel. If you’re looking for something more contemporary or eclectic, mix things up by using different materials and table styles, but be sure they match somewhat — several wood tones or too many random colors can make the room appear disjointed.

What accent table material works best for my space?


The material you decide on says a lot about your modern style, too. Darker woods are often seen as more traditional, while an industrial wood and iron look is usually more contemporary. For a more modern look, try plastic. Some materials can go with anything; depending on the frames, glass tables can be everything from traditional to modern, while distressed wood can be eclectic or shabby chic. While the look is important, also keep in mind what's practical for you and your family. Glass tables might be dangerous for children and also attract fingerprints, while darker colors, especially black, easily show accumulating dust.
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