Finding the right cocktail table is no easy task.
For decades now, we have been asking the age old question of whether it’s ‘coffee table’ or ‘cocktail table’. After asking around and a bit of research, I have come to the conclusion that, these days, it’s simply a matter of preference. For example, you might find a couch in a living room in a house with a backyard, where one finds a sofa in a drawing room in a home with a garden. Got the idea? Anyway, as the song goes, “let’s call the whole thing off”, and just find the perfect table for in front of that sofa (as I like to call it).
The cocktail table can be the focal point of the main room in your home, so it should either make a statement or disappear. As a designer, there are a few guidelines I consider when I am shopping for the perfect cocktail table for a project.
1.What is the ideal shape?
Take an inventory of what is going on in the room. Are there a lot of rectangular pieces of furniture, i.e. sofa, chairs, side tables, credenza, all square or rectangular? You would want to go with something either round or sculptural.
2. Is all of your furniture solid and upholstered and ‘heavy’ looking?
You may want to consider something lighter, like glass, or lighter in color with narrow legs, so that it disappears except for the objects you style atop.
3. What is the style of your apartment?
Is it classic, chic, whimsical, bohemian or avant-garde? If it’s all one style type, consider using the cocktail table to break it up or make a statement. We have explored deeply the concept of juxtaposition and eclecticism in interior design, so consider this when shopping.
Here are some great ideas to inspire you and illustrate how to apply these guidelines and a few fabulous finds from High Style Deco and 1st Dibs.
Find these cocktail tables on 1stdibs.com.