Centre tables or coffee tables are not only functional but also play a vital part in tying together all the different style elements in your living room. They can serve as the focal point of your family room and set the tone for the rest of your décor. You can find a variety of different coffee table styles in the market these days, ranging from the traditional wooden ones to more contemporary options.
If you are looking to buy a coffee table for your home and can’t decide what would fit your space the best, here is a comprehensive coffee table styles and materials guide that will help you reach a quick yet informed decision.
Let’s start with the most popular coffee table styles for your living room.
Popular Coffee Table Styles
These are the different styles of coffee tables that can be a great addition to your home.
- Traditional Coffee Table
- Modern Coffee Table
- Contemporary Coffee Table
- Ottoman Coffee Table
- Nesting Coffee Table
So what is the difference between these coffee table designs? Let’s find out.
Traditional Coffee Table
Wooden coffee tables with intricate carvings, ornate detailing and other embellishments have always been a popular choice of furniture in homes across Pakistan. These vintage coffee tables are usually available in rich shades of brown and look rather elegant with their inlaid tops and curved legs.
Traditional coffee tables never go out of style. Apart from being timeless, they are also very durable as well as easy to maintain and repair. These types of coffee tables are usually available in an oval or rectangular shape and are quite heavy. Moreover, they go pretty well with traditional leather and velvet upholstered sofas.
Modern Coffee Table
The modern style of furniture, which is quite different from contemporary, is known for its simplicity, clean lines and smooth surfaces. It is also one of the few coffee table styles that can easily fit into almost any décor in terms of aesthetics. Modern designs are also functional and have minimal accents of embellishments, making them a perfect option for homes with minimalist décor.
These centre table designs blend functionality with visual appeal. Modern furniture emphasizes warm neutral colours, straight edges, and a sleek appearance. It also helps open up your space. Wood and metal are among the most common materials used in the construction of modern coffee tables. Glass coffee tables are also an example of modern style.
Contemporary Coffee Table
Contrary to popular belief, the words ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are not interchangeable when you are discussing styles of furniture. While modern furniture belongs to a separate design movement, contemporary style focuses on what’s currently popular.
If you like to stay on top of the latest trends, you may want to opt for a contemporary coffee table with an appealing glass top, extra storage space, geometric shapes and unique features. Contemporary furniture is available in bright and bold colours with clean and simple lines, smooth surface and minimalistic appeal. They also have softer curves and can make your living room appear light and airy.
Mirrored coffee tables with steel bases are a great example of contemporary style.
Ottoman Coffee Table
This one of the new coffee table styles that is quickly gaining popularity for being innovative as well as visually appealing. It can be ideal for small homes or living rooms with limited space. As the name suggests, ottoman coffee tables can be used for both seating and serving. Some of them come with a hollow base that can be used to store books and other items.
Since ottomans are usually upholstered, they are easy to clean and maintain. Moreover, you can easily find them in a variety of shapes, designs and colours to complement your style and overall décor.
Nesting Coffee Table
Owing to their high functionality and space-saving feature, the nesting or stackable coffee tables are rather popular in households across Pakistan. They are usually available in sets of two, three and four tables, allowing homeowners to stack them all together and then slide them out when needed.
Nesting coffee tables are usually available in the transitional style, though you can find them in a variety of designs, shapes and colours. If you are a minimalist décor or don’t have space for more than one small table in your living room, these stackable coffee tables might be the best option for your home.
Rustic, cottage-style and farmhouse are also among different styles of coffee tables, though they are not very popular in Pakistan.
Furthermore, before we move on to popular coffee table materials, don’t forget to check out our in-depth guides on interior design ideas for small spaces, different types of sofas for your home, and considerations for using high use furniture.
Popular Coffee Table Materials
Here are some of the most widely-used coffee table materials in Pakistan.
- Wooden Coffee Table
- Metal Coffee Table
Wooden Coffee Tables
Solid wood is the most common material used for the construction of furniture in homes across the world. Coffee tables made from this material can last for several decades if treated with proper care. They also have a formal and extravagant appearance, making them a perfect option for houses with traditional décor.
On the flip side, wooden coffee table designs are expensive. Moreover, wooden table surfaces are also susceptible to scratches and water rings, though you can avoid those by regularly polishing the wood and using coasters. Leather, glass and rattan are among the most popular tabletop materials for wooden bases in Pakistan.
In case wooden coffee table designs are out of your budget, you can also find cheaper plywood and composite parquet coffee tables in the market that mimic the appearance and texture of the real wood.
Metal Coffee Tables
Coffee tables with metal bases are a popular pick. These tables are usually lighter than those made of solid wood and thus, relatively cheaper. Their frames are made of iron, steel, aluminium or other alloys that are complemented with a smooth tabletop made from glass, wood, marble, slate, granite or another type of stone. You can find these coffee tables in a wide range of shapes and designs. They are also durable, reliable and accommodate almost any décor style.
The price of these coffee tables usually varies depending on the type of tabletop you opt for.
Metal centre tables are easy to clean and move around. They are also essentially timeless. You can easily pair them up with hardwood floors, different types of carpets, and even tile flooring.
This brings an end to our coffee table styles and materials guide. Let us know which of these coffee table designs did you find the most suitable for your home?
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