Does terminology really matter? Generally no, but it can do if people use the term to you in conversation or even when you are looking for new furniture for your home. However, in general terms it does not matter at all whether your table is described as an accent table or an occasional table. In some cases occasional and accent furniture can be the same - but to say that, the definition of these terms must first be agreed. The term accent should be easy to understand - just like an accent in language, furniture of this type should emphasize a certain style, such as a statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis in an Egyptian-themed room - a home accent need not be furniture!
Coffee tables are also sometimes known as cocktail tables. But where did the name originate? I mean why not tea tables or wine tables. Is it because its the most popular drink in America and you just add it to "table" and it stuck ever since? Or is there more to it? Well lets first look on why coffee became the choice drink of America. Ottoman Turks introduced the beverage and the word "coffee" to Europe, where it eventually spread to America. Because of that some say that they also introduced the "coffee table" as well.
Accent tables come in different sizes. Some are shorter and small, perfect for holding something as simple as a lamp or plant, while others are tall and large, acting as an end table. Measuring the area you want to put your table will help in picking out the right one for your room. If it is meant to be functional, then taking note of the table top would be wise. Knowing what you want to place on the table and how you want to use it will help in choosing the right size for your accent table.
The shape is important and so is the style. For an L-shaped sofa, a rectangular coffee table is a good choice. And for a compact sofa set, the compact table will be perfect. It is safe to keep rounded tables when you are having infants and toddlers in your home. When the style is concerned you can choose them from formal, informal, vintage and modern styles. The table should match your decors. For a contemporary look you can choose a metal table with a glass top and for a classy look, you can go for the wooden tables.
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