As Are the Materials _ The materials used depend on how conventional you wish to be. Wood is fairy conventional, and won't provoke anyone into a discussion unless painted and designed in certain ways. Glass is always good, particularly if you have an aquarium underneath. Metal is also good, but it is best to be stainless steel for strength and corrosion_resistance. Your coffee table should outclass all the other furniture in your living room and make it all jealous. It is not just good looks _ a very ugly coffee table can provoke as much discussion as a beautiful one or even a very unusual one. Rock, cork and driftwood are good for unusual tops, while hardwood with a good catalyst lacquer possesses the durability against knocks and pens needed for a family piece of furniture.
Color/finish is important _ Finally, you want to consider the color of the piece. While you want your coffee table to complement the other pieces you have, but it doesn't have to be a carbon copy of the end tables or the entertainment center. Instead, it should stand on its own while accenting the love seat, chairs and sofa you have, as the table has much more in common with these than the entertainment center that's set away from it and has a personality of its own. Remember, you want to take the entire space of the room into account, selecting a coffee table that adds to the beauty and charm, not detracts from it. Finally, don't rush your selection. Be sure to look through the hundreds of styles available online these days. As certain ones catch your eye, note their style, their product name and the site they were on. Then start to narrow down your choices as you consider the room, your own personal tastes in décor and the character of the coffee table that hopefully will soon become a cherished addition to your living room.