Another consideration is how it will sit on your floor or rug and if it will damage those surfaces. Splintered table legs or rusty metal bases can scratch or stain the flooring. Secondhand stores sometimes leave those areas unrefinished so be sure to check. Sculptural wood coffee tables tell their own story and can add a natural element and warmth to a room with multiple upholstered pieces. Sealers and of course coasters can help protect the surface from water damage.
A coffee table is many things: a place to set your drink a footrest somewhere to stash the remote and — of course — a beautiful decorative addition to your living room. Or at least it has the potential to be all of these things. Your coffee table can also become a cluttered mess if you aren’t careful or a drab disappointment if you’re scared to get a little creative. To help you achieve style success I’ve put together some helpful guidelines with specific situations so you can master the art of decorating a coffee table.