Contemporary coffee tables for every style
If there is one piece of living room furniture that you really want to choose with a careful eye to design, it's your coffee table. The right coffee table can pull an entire room together -- often, it is a focal point because it is literally the center of the room. And since it is also literally at the center of conversations, traditionally surrounded by sofas and chairs where you and your guests gather to visit, why wouldn't you want your living room coffee table to be a lovely conversation piece?
Classic and Contemporary Wood Coffee Tables
There's no denying the elegance of antique, hand-carved walnut, chestnut or oak coffee tables. Solid and beautiful, they demand attention; in fact, some are so bulky they almost look more like bedroom benches than living room tables.
Of course, wood is still the most common material for coffee tables, and if you are looking for a table that offers the traditional look of wood furniture but with a trendy twist, there are many creative designs to choose from.
While the days when a glass and gold-colored metal coffee table was considered the latest trend may be past, the elegance of glass tabletops endures, and furniture designers are combining wood and glass in sleek new geometric styles.
Bent wood is a stunning option for a coffee table -- these tables are usually smooth and rounded and often made from a single piece of wood.
For a more back-to-nature look, there are even tabletops made from the cross-section of a giant stump.
Other Stylish Options in Modern Coffee Tables
One very impressive alternative to a wood surface is a stone tile coffee table. The tiles can be large and uniform, or small and arranged in a mosaic pattern.
Another increasingly common design in contemporary coffee tables takes the argument that furniture is art to a whole new level. These designs take advantage of the transparency of a glass tabletop -- the eye-catching, statement-making part of the coffee table is not the table surface itself, but rather what is beneath it, as the tabletop rests on an interesting recovered object or sculpture.