Dillon Couvillon


Dillon Couvillon

It holds just about everything, even though you don't drink coffee.

For some reason when staging or rearranging and designing a space, everyone always seems the need to put a coffee table smack dab in the middle of the space.

Believe it or not, theres an art to selecting, placing and finding the right one. Here's what I'll do for you. I'm going to share with you my 3 rules for picking one out, placing it in a space and how to stage it. 

Know that an empty space is OK! Not every living room needs a clunker of an object set in front of an overstuffed couch. Negative space is like gold when you have a sitting or conversation area. Think about it this way:

The more the area is filled with things, the less room there is for conversation!

If you wan't to put a center item in the mix like a coffee table, here's what you should keep in mind.

Not all coffee tables are created equal. Of course you know that, but I am talking about shape, color, price, style, texture and more. If you're first gut reaction is to go for some four legged rectangle piece of furniture... there's a lot of learning to do!

Rule 1 - Proportions are EVERYTHING! Just because your couch is a long rectangle or sectional doesn't mean your coffee table has to be the same shape. Its all about filling the space minimally but making the biggest statement. I encourage you to think as though you are traveling, and you are allowed only 1 large suitcase and 1 carry on item.

Your couch, is obviously going to be the large suitcase. Depending on its size, that will help you determine what size center table you should go for, or if you should choose end tables on either side instead. If you opt for something in front, you don't want it taking up any more than 1/2 the length of the couch, and you want it to be centered. With the table top height, you don't want it to be taller than the top of a seat cushion. (Basically you want the table in front of the couch, centered, and lower than the seat of the couch.)

How do you know what size to choose? That's where rule #2 comes in.

Rule 2 - Sizing is CRUCIAL! There are about 45,000 different types of coffee tables to choose from so how do you know which one is right for your space, and which one is right for you? The simplest guide is this: the more ornate and stylish your couch is the more subdued your table should be, and vice versa. Boring couch = interesting table. Plain table = artistic couch.

Now I'm not talking about the all plaid couch thats been handed down to you after three moves of your dear Aunt Sally. When I say artistic couch, I'm referring to its shape, texture and color. Style includes all three.

For example if your couch is a very straight forward clean-lined couch, then opt for a table with some movement, or interesting angles to it. If your couch is a pillow back and looks like a cloud in the middle of your living room, you might want to choose something a little more sleek and subtle. 

You also have the option of skipping the large table and go for a grouping of smaller tables. Then you can make the space seem bigger, position them into a grouping that is best suited for your floor plan and makes the room work with your style.

Rule 3 - Creating conversation is KEY! Think about this, you are sitting in this area, having a conversation with your company, so why not give them something to talk about. The more interesting your space is, the more interesting your conversation will be.

Tables should be not just a place to rest your mug, or your feet, they should be used to display a reflection of who you are and what your design style is. After all, the coffee table will anchor the room and is what everyone gathers around, so make sure that the center of the room is at the core of what your style is!

Take a look through the gallery to see some of our favorite styles of coffee and end tables. Let us know your thoughts.


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