How to style a coffee table
Do you ever look at your coffee table and feel completely underwhelmed? Uninspired, even? How do you begin to decorate a large flat piece of furniture in the middle of your family room which still needs to be functional, look tidy and compliment your décor style?When it comes to styling a coffee table, there are four basic approaches you can consider depending on your functional needs and decorating style:
Corner Connection: Create small groupings of objects in each of the four corners of the table with equal visual weight given to each grouping.
Long and Linear: Go with a simple, streamlined look that runs lengthwise down the centre of the table (with a larger grouping in the centre flanked by two smaller groupings).
Contained Chaos: Arrange a display of objects or vignette on trays you can confine items, save space and everything looks neater and polished.
Accessory Attention: Choose one large, eye-catching display and place it in the centre of the table as your statement piece. A large big floral statement is an elegant flourish.
Begin with these 5 must-have items and you’ll have an interesting and well-balanced coffee table- good enough to grace the page of any home décor magazine.
THE KEY PIECES:
- Tray. And not just one, but a few. Varying sizes and textures help to add layers of interest to the table top.
- Your favourite candle to light night after night will not only look romantic but smell wonderful.
- Florals or Greenery add color and texture. Adding an organic element helps to keep things looking fresh.
- Coffee Table Books. Not only great to create height, but also something to entertain visitors.
- Decorative accents. Spark conversation and adds interest.
10 Bonus ideas for decorating your coffee table:
- Remote controls CAN look chic when contained together in a large pretty bowl or hidden in a decorative box.
- Decorate with greenery and use interesting vessels. A vase is great, but a silver champagne bucket, white pitcher or mercury vase will really elevate the everyday.
- Reuse your candle tins or jars to store matches and have them readily on hand to light your favourite scent.
- Add quirky décor objects as paperweights on top of books- brass object d’art or large coral or shells look particularly striking.
- An oversized magnifying glass not only looks great, but can be a practical tool.
- Use organic elements that are unexpected for a relaxed and sophisticated feel. A small iron urn filled with shells or a decorative lantern that has slightly weathered feel add instant lived-in feel that is so comfortable.
- Remember that collection of match boxes reminiscent of places you've visited? Don’t discard them- display them in a decorative bowl for added interest. No one will be able to resist picking them up- a great conversation starter too.
- Throw away (or re-purpose) the box! A decorative set of coasters look best when easily accessed on a coffee table. Agate coasters are a thing of beauty and look effortlessly chic on any coffee table.
- A lolly jar filled with mints or your favourite chocolates add texture, colour and something yummy to indulge on movie nights.
- Capture the dazzle of crystals under a dome for a luxurious statement. This idea works well in both contemporary and classic style homes. Use white, amethyst or even this year’s Pantone colour Rose Quartz crystals for an on-trend addition. Here's to a beautiful home!