Cherry wood itself in its raw form tends to be a lighter pinkish brown, so many deep ruddy cherry coffee tables have been enhanced either with wood stain or wood veneers. Few other wood coffee tables cover such a diverse color spectrum with the same color name, so it's valuable to browse all the different variations of cherry coffee tables before you make a choice.
Transitional and Traditional Cherry Coffee Tables
Once you know what cherry finish will best suit your décor, you can begin browsing that particular shade of cherry wood coffee tables for the right shape, size and style. Most cherry coffee tables fall under the style categories of either traditional or transitional, meaning antique-look and historically-inspired or theme-neutral and generally stylish.
Traditional coffee tables often feature carved bannister legs, sometimes curved as well. Look for distressed finishes and visible grain along with antiqued metal hardware, molding accents around the edges, or any combination of those design elements. You may also find glass coffee table tops in selected models.
Transitional cherry tables are usually more understated, featuring the same warm wood finish, but with simple, cleaner design. You'll find rectangle, square, oval and round coffee tables in shades of cherry, with rounded edges and smooth flat tops, sometimes with a clever lift-top feature. Transitional coffee tables work well in trendy design neutral classic contemporary homes.