A few weeks ago, we talked about selecting the perfect coffee table and how the table you select depends on a number of factors such as the scale of your furniture and how you plan on using it. So, now that you have your perfect coffee table nestled comfortably into your seating area, what’s next?
Style of course! Every great designer knows that styling your coffee table is a crucial part of pulling together your living room and making your seating area shine. So, before you pull out that stack of magazines and your trusty remote, check out some of these great styling tips and bring out your inner design diva.
If you’ve ever wondered why so many design magazines show trays on coffee tables, it’s because they are both functional and stylish. Trays can be used to make a large coffee table appear less intimidating, while making smaller tables much more functional. They can also be used to help create a composition with other objects as a single tray or layered. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sizes, materials and textures here.
Contemporary Living Room by San Francisco Interior Designer Mark Newman Design
2. Keep It Simple
Creating style with an impact on your coffee table doesn’t have to involve tons of knick knacks and trinkets. Take a tip from the designers and par down your style with a classic and timeless objet d’art or two placed just off center. Or, bring in a touch of nature with a clear vase and simple bouquet of fresh flowers such as tulips or and orchid.
Candles are the perfect touch to your coffee table, whether you’re entertaining or simply spending a relaxing evening at home. And, when it comes to topping off the table, designers are going big this season. Bring in a big dose of style with oversized candles placed in a lantern or hurricane lamp with a bit of sand or stones at the bottom.
We must admit that we are smitten with the table top “garden” pictured here. This designer took nature to a new level by finding a unique way to incorporate living plants into the living room. Consider using clear glass jars, containers or boxes to showcase your own coffee table terrarium. Or, get in touch with your inner Zen and bring in an Asian influence by creating a table top Japanese rock garden complete with bonsai trees.
Eclectic Living Room by Portland Interior Designer Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.
5. Try A Trinket Box
What breaks a design more than a coffee table with nothing on it? A coffee table with a pile of remotes placed dead center. Add depth and discreet storage for all your coffee table essentials that you don’t want as part of your design by using trinket boxes. Not only will they add depth and interest to your composition, but they are a great place to hide the remote when you aren’t using it.
Styling your coffee table is a great way to bring your living room together and add that finishing touch to your design. We’d love to know if you’ve used some of these tips or have a few to share of your own. Feel free to share your own coffee table style tips in the comments!