David Artsmith  –  The centerpiece of any stylish living room is of course, the coffee table, which sits at the center of the room. Generally couches and other seating items are arranged around this piece. It is the skeleton of the space, around which all other items tend to fall. However there are some basic mistakes which you can make when positioning your coffee table.

First, you have to make sure that the size of the coffee table matches the space in the room. It’s a terrible nuisance when you have an oversized table sitting in the middle of an undersized room. There isn;t any room to move freely around the space. The entire area is constricted, over packed, and chaotic.

You want to make sure that when you place a coffee table, there is enough room for an average sized person to easily walk all the way around it. If you leave enough room, you will ensure that the space will flow naturally, allowing people to easily move throughout. It also ensures that the area won’t feel cramped and crowded.

One trick to save some space is to push the coffee table up against a wall. Doing this means that you don’t have to leave one whole walkway of space, freeing up a considerable amount of room. The problem is that this can center the room on a wall, creating a boring focus that leads nowhere. Luckily, this is also an opportunity, letting you dress the wall with whatever creative endeavor your mind can produce.

As far as style, the basics are obvious. Just make sure that whatever table you purchase matches the rest of the room’s decor. You want a piece that looks great, but you don’t want it to draw too much attention away from the rest of the space. As in all things, balance is the key.

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