PRAC­TI­CAL BUT WITH STYLE

STYLE YOUR COF­FEE TA­BLE LIKE AN IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER

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WORDS: NEAL E WHI­TAKER LOVE IT OR LIST IT AUS­TRALIA

....................... A cof­fee ta­ble needs to be use­ful, func­tional and dec­o­ra­tive. The cof­fee ta­ble I have in my liv­ing room dou­bles up as the din­ing ta­ble if we’re eat­ing while watch­ing TV, as well as be­ing the place I like to put my feet up on. It should look beau­ti­ful, but also func­tion as a work­ing piece of fur­ni­ture.

SOFT-TOP TA­BLES

Some peo­ple use a soft-top ta­ble or a bench seat for their cof­fee ta­ble. If you do have one of those beau­ti­ful leather or fab­ric ot­tomans, you can still style them ex­actly as you need to by adding a hard sur­face to rest your items on. A large tray on top of the fur­ni­ture will make it more prac­ti­cal to style.

SIZE MAT­TERS

Cof­fee ta­bles should be gen­er­ous to be func­tional, small ones don’t re­ally work. Even if you’re in a small space, don’t skimp on the cof­fee ta­ble. You want some­thing you feel com­fort­able putting your feet up on, with enough room for a wine glass, TV re­mote and your dec­o­ra­tive items. Think of it as a work­ing piece of fur­ni­ture. Some peo­ple have cof­fee ta­bles that are purely works of art.

WHAT TO IN­CLUDE

I put beau­ti­ful books on there, so if we have guests com­ing around I’ll usu­ally put my favourite or most re­cently-ac­quired cof­fee ta­ble books, but not too many. It’ll also in­evitably have a cou­ple of scented can­dles. The wine glasses and ice bucket will prob­a­bly go there, too. Watch Love It Or List It Aus­tralia on Fox­tel.

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