Coffee tables are the centerpiece of your living room – literally; they’re right in the middle of your space, and sit in front of all the rest of your furniture. So while they may not be your biggest-ticket item, they should be front and center when designing or updating your living room look. If you crave a more sophisticated feel, or just need to make your living room feel bigger than it is, consider forgoing a traditional wooden coffee table or a bulky stone table for a glass top coffee table that will highlight your furniture rather than detract from it.
Upgrading to a glass top coffee table is a great way to make your living room seem bigger than it actually is. It’s a trend many home design shows are encouraging for small space living because these coffee tables open up the room they’re in. The transparent nature of glass makes other furniture feel less cramped and cooped up together, and can trick the brain into thinking the room is larger and more spaced out.
This works because having a glass top means the coffee table blends in with the surrounding furniture rather than being the center of attention, even while in the center of the room. You can emphasize a bold color rug or accent couch this way to liven up the room and make it more visually appealing. Coffee tables are great for having a small meal around the couch or a place to put your drinks, but they can feel like they take up the whole room for what is a lot less surface space than a dining table if you stick with a wooden or stone table.
Not only do glass coffee tables make your living room feel larger, they can also make it feel more grand. Glass adds a fragile element, making the space feel luxurious. This kind of coffee table gives a high-end look to the room around it due to the more careful (though very manageable) upkeep it requires. You can prevent a lot of long-term damage to the glass with cork or fabric coasters for cups, and place mats for larger dishware to avoid direct contact with the glass top, and simply wipe it down with glass cleaner when it gets dirty.
If you want to be more specific when upgrading your living room to a high-end look, glass is considered very modern and pairs well with other modern furnishings. Glass used to be more fragile and harder to produce than it is today, making it a rarity for most windows, let alone as furniture. In a small living room where there isn’t much room to create style, a glass top coffee table (especially with a steel or chrome frame to match) tells guests that you put careful thought into what pieces represent both you and the modern style.
That said, you aren’t obligated to style your living room modern just because you want a glass top coffee table. You can find just about any style table to match your existing furniture, or build a style that is uniquely you. I find in particular that traditional-looking tables are fun because you can get a clearer view of all the ornamentation the frame has when you have a clear top and appreciate the craftsmanship more.
You can broaden the look of your living room in both size and class through the use of glass and some tasteful placement. If you’re feeling cramped in your small living room with your current coffee table, consider changing your look and live larger with a glass top coffee table.