Coffee tables, end tables, console tables, and side tables take away the confusion, tie the room together, and make everything better. And to help you find the tables that work for your space, this guide features all of the most popular table styles, complete with examples from one of Hayneedle’s exclusive brands, Belham Living.
Modern Accent Tables
Modern accent tables have a more streamlined look and tend to feature materials like acrylic, glass, plastic, or wiry metals. Modern or contemporary accent tables are relatively simple regarding finishes. Black, a solid bright color, polished metal, or completely transparent options abound as do exciting designs that can be bold and daring, making them amazing as statement pieces.
Of course, if you want something timeless but with contemporary flair, there’s always chic mid-century modern accent tables from which to choose. Hayneedle’s own Carter Collection from Belham Living has retro-inspired details and is composed of solid poplar with veneers in a versatile, welcoming walnut hue.
Transitional Accent Tables
Transitional tables are a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary furniture – not too formal, but not too casual either. We’re talking classic design elements but nothing overly ornate with cabriole legs and carved edges. Transitional truly offers the best of both worlds – it’s great for those who have an eclectic style, but it’s also at home in more traditional or contemporary environments.
Hayneedle’s Bradford Collection features solid poplar and maple veneer construction with clean lines like a modern furnishing, these pieces also tout an antiqued espresso finish, which is a tad more traditional. The Bradford pieces also come with woven rattan baskets that offer a touch of rustic charm and modern functionality.
Industrial Accent Tables
These warehouse-inspired designs give your favorite settings unique character by using materials with found-object appeal such as genuine concrete, stainless steel, and weathered wood. Industrial-style furnishings have a more elemental, hand-crafted quality in which visible welding and raised rivets are a plus.
The Belham Living Edison Collection takes industrial design in a slightly more elegant direction with curvy, hourglass-shaped steel frames and an antiqued pewter finish that complement the hardy planks of aged driftwood.
Mission Accent Tables
In the late 20th century, folks were tired of overly elaborate Victorian-era furniture, but didn’t want to return to a frontier-sy rustic aesthetic either. Out of this desire for new design, Mission style furnishings rose in popularity – a charming compromise of exquisite detail and sturdy, hand-crafted quality. While a rustic table takes great pride in its rough-hewn and weather-beaten appearance, a Mission, or Craftsman, style table showcases its fine woodwork with elegant touches like a handsome finish, flat panels, and horizontal or vertical lines that accentuate the grain.
The bold and practical Everett Collection from Belham Living is a sublime example of the mission style with slatted details and a dark oak finish.
Rustic Accent Tables
Whereas industrial accent table sets and coffee tables have a hand-crafted appearance that emphasizes metalwork, rustic occasional tables love to flaunt their rich woodgrain for a cozy country feel. These are simple, practical designs with thick tops and sturdy block legs, and they typically come in collections with names reminiscent of a bygone era where everything was built to last.
The Jamestown Collection from Belham Living exemplifies all of these fine qualities, being especially evident in its versatile console table, which is made entirely from reclaimed wood with heavy-duty iron brackets hand-finished in bronze.