Today’s oak coffee table comes in many different styles. It is no longer limited to use in homes with a traditional or classic decor style. It can be found in homes with a more contemporary look and comes in a wide array of finishes, from very pale to very deep tones.
The dark oak coffee table is often paired with wrought iron frames. This look is a bit more casual, though it may serve well in a formal room with other pieces made of wrought iron. A solid piece with wood legs, in a highly polished finish is the most classic and elegant, made for a very formal space that is used strictly to entertain guests, neighbors or relatives. Shades such as cherry, mahogany and at the deepest shade, a cappuccino finish, which is a very rich brown that looks nearly black.
The light oak coffee table comes in many shades, from blond to a moderate wood tone. Lighter pieces are usually finished with a protective urethane coating, to prevent staining. However, some people may buy the piece in an unfinished state and use a lemon or tung oil to provide a very pale finish. With several applications of the oil, the wood will darken over time, but will never become extremely dark. Honey, walnut and pine are some pale finishes already available.
There are many benefits in purchasing a solid oak coffee table. It is made of a very hard wood, so it will be very durable and able to withstand other furnishings, such as decorate ceramics, books and crystal jars or vases. It can look very sophisticated with such pieces placed on top. The durability means that a classic piece may be handed down from one generation to another and will make an excellent wedding or housewarming gift.
Prices can range from $200 to over $600, depending on style size and manufacturer. There are plenty of products in the lower price ranges, for those who want to stay within a particular budget and still maintain an attractive home. Most furniture stores will offer both pale and deep shades or finishes, though the trend today is toward deeper shades.
Online stores are more likely to have multiple selections in contemporary designs, which often include unusual shapes, sizes or construction. Often some great prices can be found online, that may not be found in traditional furniture stores or chains. Looking at the options in online stores can help the buyer decide what style or model is desired, before going to the local furniture store or retailer.