Abella Bernard. Coffe Table. December 02nd, 2017.
The coffee table generally sits in the expanse between the sofa/s and the television, and whilst it does offer a handy place to pop your glass of wine, its central location means that most eyes fall on it when they look at the room, and it becomes the most important focal point. So, are you the arty type with heavy art books and sketch books stacked sky high, or perhaps a slightly uptight neat freak, with a spotless surface and a coaster at the ready? Regardless of what your personality really is, or who you want to project, spending some time considering the "presentation" of your coffee table, just as you would a display on a buffet or dresser could make a huge difference to your room. If you want to create a coffee table display, select pieces with a similar theme and group them together, then balance the display with an off centre vase of flowers, or bowl. If you prefer to keep your coffee table surface clear, look for a coffee table design that makes more of a statement, to add interest to the centre of the room, if you have a minimalist theme, create depth by contrasting shapes, a simple round vase on a square table for example.
Furthermore, with the increase of home improvement in the UK, often resulting in extensions and conservatories being built, it has seen the rise in wicker and rattan, often used as part of conservatory furniture. Wicker and rattan coffee table feature, glass and metal and come in a wide range of designs. Wicker and Rattan is available in both natural and synthetic material, Wicker is created using hard woven fibers, made from materials of plant origin but plastic fibers are also used.
As with glass, much of the modern styled furniture uses a great deal of metal, with many of the glass tables having metal features, as opposite to wooden characteristics. Many of the metals used include steel and chrome, both of which come brushed and polished. Moreover, many of metal aspects of coffee tables are often available with different pigmentations, such as black or red. Much of the metals are sourced from both the UK and abroad.
However, in recent years, interior design has moved towards creating a more modernised feel to homes and this has also affected the materials used to create Coffee Tables, for example, more tables are created using metal, glass and plastic than ever before. Whilst glass has often been included in traditional wooden tables, in recent years more and more items are being made prominently from glass. Much of the glass remains thick, with a minimum thickness of 6mm, much of the glass used in these tables are both internationally made whilst also being manufacturer by traditional British glass companies, who have been supplying the glass for furniture pieces for generations. Moreover, many of the glass tables come is more unique, modernised designs, coming in a variety shapes such as opal, as well as many come available in step-up and U-shape designs.
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