Choosing the perfect cocktail table can be a daunting task, especially when you consider that it’s the single piece of furniture that all of your seating will be centered around—the focal point, you could say. There are many incredible options, but it’s important to consider the three main points below to ensure you make the right choice.
1. Shapes in the room
If you have a rectangular sofa, square chairs, or other square or rectangular pieces of furniture in the room, you will want to choose a table with an alternative shape. Choosing a piece with multiple levels, dimension, or a different shape such as round or even a sculptural option will break up the monotony and add interest to the room.
2. Space and height
When shopping for the perfect table you should take very careful measurements, including the glass top if there is one. Often, measurements will be given for the base rather than the overall width. If you are working with a tight space, you may also want to consider glass or acrylic to avoid the table becoming too large of a presence in the room.
You must consider all other elements in the room including, lamps, upholstery, accessories and other table surfaces. For example, avoid incorporating too many pieces made from glass, brass, or metal into a single room—it’s best to mix your elements.
Scroll on for some inspiring images of elegant cocktail tables in three different style types—light and airy, sleek and sculptural, and solid and chic.