I ordered 2 of these tables for my living room. I have been redesigning the room in neutral, all natural fabrics, distressed woods and metals. I was searching for metal end tables that looked both modern and yet warm and earthy. I placed these as side tables for my ivory linen slip-covered sofa. It complements the sofa beautifully. The tables aren't aren't shiny - rather a dullish gunmetal grey - again, this lends warmth and earthiness. Placed a modern sky blue table lamp on one and it all blends to look expensive and create a room with character. The tables are large enough to place a lamp, books, and a cup of coffee. They do come up slightly higher than the arms of the sofa - but that's fine with me. I wanted something the same height or or a bit higher - you don't often see this done - but it looks great. My grand experiment paid off. I'd recommend these for nightstands or side tables - even for a patio. Would order these again.