The low down on coffee tables

As a buyer I find coffee tables one of the hardest things to buy because I like so few. Either they are way to big, or boring or cumbersome it’s tough. But I like what they do - not from a functional aspect so much (remember I'm not practical) but because they add another of those all-important layers to a room. You can go so many different ways, trad, contemp, industrial, round, square, upholstered not upholstered. I guess the thing to ask yourself is this: Do you want it to be the star of the show like my sisters one below, in which case something in a blingy colour or fabric will look super cool! b1 b2Do you need it to warm the room up a tad, if so  consider something upholstered? I'm on the fence with this super sized upholstered ottoman look!  They feel too cumbersome somehow, not sure what you guys think? Maybe it’s just me! bOn the other hand you could go circular like mine in a neutral  so that it just quietly complements the scheme. This really depends on what else is going on in the room by the way.  I've got bright chairs so a bright table wouldn't work but if you happen to have a neutral sofa/chairs then it certainly does as you can see Gem's pad! I've used an old African drum which double duties now as a mini library with all the books I've still got to read. b3 b3aDoes it need to be practical (i.e. hold storage) used as an impromptu seat for an extra guest? Questions questions Whatever your choice coffee tables look fantastic when layered with books, a posy of something a few candles maybe. They help ground and focus the eye, left bare they have that show homey feel so I would encourage you as much as possible to layer. More layers more interest right! Yes yes I here you cry we  know that already! To everyone coming along to my Design School on the weekend, cannot wait to meet you guys! To everyone else have a lovely weekend xx?

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