Noguchi Coffee Table in the Herman Miller House Palm Springs
If you’ve purchased a unique and artistic-shaped coffee table, you will likely want to choose a couch or chair that is more subdued. This will focus the attention on the artistic quality of the coffee table. Consider neutral fabrics which will allow the table to shine. Photo by Jickie Torres.

Coffee tables aren’t just a place to set your beverages and prop up your feet. Yes, you may find yourself doing that, but it shouldn’t detract from the potential a great coffee table can bring to your room. If you’re in the market for a coffee table, consider the following 3 tips that will guide you toward a perfect pairing.

Find a shape that meets your needs. You may find a rectangle, square, circle or elliptical shape works best given the shape of the other items in the room. If you’ve got a lot of square shapes repeating through your décor, then consider using a rounder shape to soften the look. Your eye will pick up on the flow of the room and you’ll know when it feels right.

Size does matter. The scale of the table in relation to the size of the other items in the room needs to be considered. Avoid choosing tables that are so small they draw attention to themselves for the wrong reason. If you mainly use your coffee table to display your décor, or if it’s a place where your kids do their homework, it should meet your standards for practicality.

Select complementary furniture that creates balance to the ensemble of furniture and the room as a whole. If you’ve purchased a unique and artistic-shaped coffee table, you will likely want to choose a couch or chair that is more subdued. This will focus the attention on the artistic quality of the coffee table. Consider neutral fabrics which will allow the table to shine.