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Living Room Center Tables serve a variety of purposes for different homes. In some cases they are where the family gathers. In other cases, they serve primarily as a showroom. Sometimes they are reserved for those times when company is present. In any case, picking out the perfect living room furniture is made complete with living room center tables.
When arranging center tables in the living room, it is important to decide whether that table will serve as the focal point of the room. Some rooms choose a window or fireplace to serve as the focal point around which all furniture is placed, with the table in the center.
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One table is not the limit. Fun center tables can be made up in groups of three, like the three tiered effect here.
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Natural elements like copper and marble make this unique circular design one of a kind.
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Living room tables might not be the standard height or width for the space. Some very low tables create crisp horizontal planes against the foreground of the space, which offsets the longer horizontal lines of wider living rooms.
Finding a living room table which works well for the space is only the first step. Making sure it is aesthetically appealing is the second.
Higher tables can block the view of things in the background, adding a variety of heights and decorative interest to the living room.
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In conversation areas, the furniture, including the table, is used to keep people seated comfortably, legs up or down, so that they can carry on conversation without having to shout. Smaller spaces are conducive to this naturally while larger spaces sometimes benefit from more than one conversation area.
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With regard to living room tables, it is important to take into consideration the flow of foot traffic. There should be enough room around the table for people to easily walk from one side to the other.
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Furniture should be pulled away from the walls if at all possible. Having the backs of furniture, especially in larger spaces, touching the walls interferes with the intimate possibilities. The seating must also be close enough to the center table that people can reach it.
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Many homes with space like to leave two feet of space in between the couches and the center tables. While this is spacious, to be sure, it makes it rather impossible for anyone seated to use the table in any way.
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This over sized square design is artistically broken up in the center with gold plating to complement the gold elements elsewhere in the room.
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The size of the table matters. Living room center tables are practical pieces which are generally put in the center of the conversation area.
The height for these tables should be lower than the seat height for the chairs or sofa. Here, the tiered set up offers the perfect height table for tall and short guests.
Open frame designs make rooms feel more spacious.
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People sitting around the tables should be able to lean down easily to pick something up off the table, or put something back down. They should not be forced to get up from their seat.
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Naturally, it is important to ensure there is enough space in between the table and the seats for leg room, between fourteen and eighteen inches ideally. Here, not only is there space, but the geometric design is open in its frame, allowing the room to feel more spacious too.
Smaller tables and benches can be combined in such a way that they create a center table, perfect for conversation. Here, the two pieces fit well together to create a center table.
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Center tables should never be too small. This large tree trunk section is certainly not too small, and with its unique natural element, it conforms nicely in the right angle of the couch.
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Like the table here, the length of living room center tables is best when it is one half to two thirds the length of the main couch.
Unique metal frames make this upside down metal basket a perfect center table.
Overall, the most unique living room center tables are those which do not conform to normal elements. Taking on traditional natural elements, these tables boast eye catching detail yet simple structural designs. No matter the style or theme of the room, these tables blend beautifully.
Make sure you also check out our latest Living Room Hardwood Tile post for a different but also inspiring design.