Why We Love Concrete Coffee Tables
Concrete coffee tables have a sturdy, unrefined look that works beautifully with a lot of modern design. Indoors, they make a remarkable centerpiece that ties a room together, while outdoors they make a virtually weatherproof contrast to more lightweight patio and garden furniture. The versatility of concrete as a material makes the potential shapes and designs of modern accent tables virtually limitless. This form of living room furniture runs the gamut from Brutalist simplicity to Baroque ornament, some with extra storage and some just a slab on a set of legs.
Where Concrete Coffee Tables Work Best
Concrete coffee tables might make their best impression inside the home, usually in a living room that's done in loft or rustic style. Gray or pale-colored living room furniture usually blends nicely with the slate-gray color that concrete naturally darkens to as it cures. Smaller concrete pieces make great accent furniture as well. Modern accent tables made from poured concrete can stand alone or on wooden supports. Add storage space under the top slab, and they make good side tables with room for magazines and remote controls. Adventurous owners can even drill out small depressions for candles in the table top, which adds charming accent lighting most modern tables lack.
Concrete Furniture Designers We Love
Concrete tables of all sorts, from very simple and minimalist post-and-lintel designs to wildly exotic curves and flourishes, can be found to fit into almost any decor. Lyon Beton is an upscale French studio that specializes in bringing concrete to life with light and airy modern accent tables, as well as tissue rolls, clocks and other household items, all made from poured concrete. Seasonal Living tends toward rustic and Colonial looks, often integrating wood into their concrete coffee tables for a warm contrast. Modloft brings an ultra-modern look to its coffee and occasional tables, while Urbia and District Eight have minimalist and futuristic designs that both somehow perfectly complement concrete's unique look and texture in a modern table.
How to Choose the Best Concrete Coffee Table
Taste in coffee tables is subjective, and the right concrete coffee tables for your home or office depend on the design of the rest of the room and how you plan to use them. If you need modern accent tables for indoor space, look for glossy stone finishes and blunted corners, unless you're looking for a gritty industrial look, and accent lighting adds a little extra. Outdoors, simple is best. Look for slab-style tops with the least ornate supports possible. This cuts down on nooks and crannies where spider webs and windblown debris collect, helping you keep the surfaces clean looking with minimal effort.
There's no end to the designs and uses concrete can be put to, whether as fine side tables or large, expansive accent furniture. Modern accent tables' designers are constantly experimenting with coloring agents to shade their concrete from gray to butternut and down into black. Textures vary from smoother than wet glass to fine-grit-sandpaper rough. Shapes twist and explode, from rectangular slabs to wild curves and birdlike flourishes. Concrete coffee tables go great with chaise lounges and slate floors, just as they work with woodgrain rocking chairs and shag rugs in cool tones. They even clash beautifully, as when a minimalist gray slab is lit from underneath with blue strip lighting to create a hovering effect.