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.
Often referred to as accent pieces, accent furniture is used to add character to a room or to emphasize a theme - such as the Anubis statue mentioned earlier. A chess table used for decoration is accent furniture, as is a decorative small round table holding a vase of flowers or a reed diffuser. An accent piece is generally smaller in size than the main furniture in a room, and often has little practical use other than a decorative one.
A table for coffee, traditionally, was necessary in the middle of the living room. Home entertaining was a serious affair in the old days, because of the ceremony of afternoon tea. When a guest makes a house call, he or she must sit in the cushions, and must be served tea or coffee, with some biscuits or crepes. These will be arranged in a tray, with a delicate china service, and then served and placed upon the coffee table. Then, the afternoon will be whiled away with conversation, stories, and news.
Accent tables can also be different types of tables. For example, a nightstand in a bedroom can be used as an accent table or as an end table in a living room. These tables offer charm and also function, holding lamps, phones, clocks, books, plants, and pictures. These tables are a great way to showcase collections and meaningful objects. It is also important to keep in mind that you will want a sturdy accent table if you are placing heavy objects on it. Whatever type you are looking for, there is sure to be one that will catch your eye and serve its purpose.
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