In every well-furnished home, there are pieces of furniture that not only serve a purpose, but add interest as well. Accent tables are a prime example of this type of furniture. As tables, they can hold items that don’t belong on the floor but aren’t quite “at home” on a main table. An accent table can also find a place just under a wall clock and still look great. Rather than being strictly utilitarian, however, they are usually designed to be interesting to look at even when nothing is on them.
There are several styles of accent tables. Here are some of the more interesting varieties you can find. Most of them are available from online furniture stores. Antique tables may or may not be easy to find; it depends on the rarity of the piece.
Modern accent tables come in many forms. Glass accent tables always have a wonderfully-modern look. The glass lets you see through to the base of the table, which is an interesting view simply because with most tables, the base can only be viewed from the side rather than the top. Modern glass used for furniture is generally made so it is fairly tough, but you still need to take care not to scratch it. Fortunately, keeping it scratch-free is not hard when dealing with accent tables since these tables aren’t usually subjected to heavy use. Simply taking the same steps as you would for a finished-wood table should be enough – put felt on the bottom of any knick-knacks placed on the table, and avoid using harsh cleaning methods.
Metal accent tables will give a super-modern look to the area they’re placed in. This is great when the rest of the furnishings are similarly modern. One may think that metal would be able to handle abuse, but this is often not the case when it comes to furniture and other accent pieces. If the finish is highly polished or has a fine brushed finish, for instance, the owner will have to take care not to scratch it or allow it to get very many fingerprints on it. A good placement for finely-finished metal accent tables is in locations where they can be easily seen, but are in locations that don’t invite people to do things like drop their keys on them. This way, the looks of the table are preserved, yet they provide the visual interest they are intended for.
Oak accent tables, and other wooden accent tables, have the benefit of being able to fit in with many types of decor. How these tables are made is the biggest determining factor for where they’ll look good. Wood is a very versatile material. It can be carved ornately, left plain, or done in any number of intermediate styles. For that “professionally-decorated” look, the style of the accent table should match that of the rest of the house. Fortunately, with oak accent tables, it is not hard to find one in the exact style you want.
A rustic accent table will be at home in a rustic atmosphere, and it can also add a touch of interest to a home that is done in an otherwise “general” style. These are usually made of wood, but some have glass tops and get their rustic appearance from the base. A base can get its rustic aspect by being made of finished tree branches, rough-hewn wood, or any other such natural material. All-wood rustic accent tables tend to have edges that are either left rough-hewn or have scalloped edges. If the surface is highly polished, it will add a nice and expensive look to the table whether or not the furniture was actually costly. A surface that isn’t highly polished, on the other hand, looks more “legitimate” in its rusticity. In the end, it’s a matter of taste.
Antique accent tables are good conversation starters because you can tell your guests about the table’s history if they are interested in knowing. Like all antique furniture, there are specimens from many eras, and many styles to choose from. Unless buying an antique accent table solely as an investment, you will get the most satisfaction if you get one you really like the looks of.
The shape of an accent table is more of a matter of personal preference than anything else. Some like square; some like round. The main thing is to make sure it either fits in with the rest of the decor, or conversely, is different in a way that adds interest.
Size, on the other hand, is often up to how much space you have. A large accent table looks best in a larger room, and may not fit in a small room. Small accent tables are a bit more versatile in that they look good in both small and large rooms. A large room can even look better with a few small accent tables instead of just one large table.
With all the types of accent tables available, you are sure to be able to find the perfect one. Consider your tastes, what you’ll be doing with the table, and the decor of the rest of your home, and you won’t go wrong when you buy your accent tables.