A small table in an entrance hall is accent furniture, along with a chest in a hallway and a large free standing globe in a home office. It sets a theme or a mood, emphasizes a trend or even complements the purpose of a room such as an ornate oriental footstool in a living room. These are definitions of accent furniture and occasional furniture in the eyes of many people, but if you asked any individual for their own definition they would either be unable to answer or would likely offer a different one.
The original coffee table, simply put, is a regular table with its legs cut off to make it lower to the ground. The Japanese already had these short tables figured out a long time ago. But as the Japanese were sitting on the floors with their legs crossed, the coffee table was to be used with a sofa. Its not very clear as to the exact time that the modern term "coffee table" came to use, but some put it around the late 18th century to the early 19th.
Accent tables vary in price, depending on style and size. These are offered in furniture stores and also chain retail stores. If you are looking for a rare table, you may want to search an antique store or furniture store to find one that is different. If you are less concerned with looks and more concerned with function, then a retail store may be the way to shop. In a chain retail store, you will find some that are already put together and others that are RTA, or ready to assemble. The RTA tables are usually fairly simple to assemble. RTA tables are also usually cheaper to buy. Set yourself a budget before shopping.
You can use accent furniture to complement the decorative style of a room, and this type of home furniture is most commonly found in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and hallways. It is rare in a kitchen, since most kitchen furniture is functional, and even rarer in bathrooms although large bathrooms can be enhanced by accent furniture in the form of free standing toiletry racks or carousels for lotions and decoratively colored bath salts.
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