Since most of us have some kind of table in front of our sofa I was wondering how the name “coffee table” came about since I would have thought that historically there were far more tea drinkers than coffee drinkers.
Wikipedia explains that the first coffee tables were thought to have been made in Britain during the late Victoria era. No surprises there, except that, again, I would have thought “tea table” would have been the name chosen.
“Prior to the 18th century, the tables used in Europe in conjunction with a settle (high backed sofa) included occasional tables, end tables, centre tables and tea tables…” So basically, we needed somewhere to put our coffee and/or tea.
So for those of you who are in need of a new coffee table or just want to see some pretty tables come along…
White! With this view I’m not sure I’d even notice the coffee table.
A formal room with a simple glass-top coffee table in front of a settee. (Again, a beautiful room dressed in neutrals)
Love the simplicity of this room and the coffee table.
Image via Nest Egg
I like this relatively new trend of using a grouping of overstuffed chairs instead of a sofa.
This coffee table (although it’s hard to see the detail) compliments the white club chairs and sofa.
I have a little Ikea wicker chest (a little larger than this) in my reading room as a coffee table. I love that it holds stuff as well as serving as a place to put your coffee, tea, glass of wine…
Carol Glasser via Cote de Texas
I’ve always liked this room. the wicker furniture looks so comfortable, especially for a family room.
Isn’t this trunk great as a coffee table. It looks like it has leather detailing, very pretty.
This table is small but it works for this space, don’t you think?
I love the large square coffee table.
What kind of coffee table do you use? What do you accessorize it with, or do you keep it uncluttered of any decorative nick knacks?
martha bunch said:
I am so tickled. You have saved many of the same photos which have made it to my own file of favorites. Maybe I don’t need to do that any more – I will just go to your blog. By the way, have I told you that you have excellent taste? 🙂
Do you save your file favorites by room or just as a grouping of “favorite images”? I have recently started putting them in folders by room…otherwise I’m overwhelmed when trying to find something! 🙂 I’m happy we have some of the same favorites!
Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by for a visit.
Linda Coble said:
My coffee table is dark oak and (you know me) I have definitely accessorized it. I have several “coffee table” books as well as an arrangement of sunflowers in a large urn and a few cache pots. I love the idea of an old trunk or wicker chest! It’s always great to have that extra storage in a decorative piece of furniture.
Your coffee table is lovely and adds so much to the living room. You always inspire me with your accessories…I need to see what you’ve been up to lately!
You consistantly come up with the best pictures to illustrate your subject. I really like Erin Page Potts room. I could live in a room like that!
My coffee tables are not unusual – one is a metal base with a glass top the other a French inspired wood table. I try to keep a pot of flowers on each table as well as books and sometimes candles.
I admire rooms that have more unusual choices for coffee tables like trunks, benches etc.
I find that the canvas of my coffee tables/trunks are forever changing. I go from wanting next to nothing on them to wanting several items! Fickle and restless!
Thanks for your visit…I love your living room coffee table.