It's difficult to decide whether the textured coffee table in this living room is a functional piece or a piece of art. Its beautiful yet edgy design, with a base constructed of individual sections, creates a dynamically sculptural shape that enhances the room.
This small living area lives large on style, with an ovoid teak midcentury modern coffee table taking center stage. The tuxedo-arm velvet sofa, upholstered ottomans and modern arm chair are sleek yet welcoming. The colors of the painting reflect in the pillows and throw.
Designer Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design, based in Nashville, Tenn., recommends using coffee tables with multiple levels for displaying items. This one, from Lillian August, a fine home furnishings retailer, is a brass table with a shagreen base and a top shelf made of glass with silver leafing on the backside. You can find a similar two-level design and mix of metals in tables priced for your budget. A mix of glasswork, vases and urns give it a glamorous feel, while the bust on a lucite base brings a rustic nature to the coffee table vignette.
Interior designer Jonathan Savage designed this room as a tribute to legendary designer Albert Hadley, but it can inspire a similar look on a budget. Savage used what he calls "stop sign red" on the edges and legs of the lacquered, vintage coffee table, which was designed by Hadley, to continue the color palette throughout the room. Consider coffee tables in a hue that will inspire the look of items such as lamps and pillows.
Instead of a traditional coffee table, this living room is actually anchored by four small side tables. These pieces can be moved around the room as needed, and so they give the owners more flexibility in their arrangement.