Staging, and for that matter, much of everything design-related, is all about the details. Whether it’s a table-scape, desktop, or countertop, the right accessories can really make or break the look and feel of a room. So today I explore coffee tables…
Now, if you’re anything like me, your coffee table is the place where dinner and drinks rest comfortably, but not much else. Okay, technically I do keep a stack of magazines and, when entertaining, a tall vase of white gladiolas on my West Elm coffee table, but I still think it could be spiced up a little!
So to inspire both myself, as well as anyone else who hopes
that this or her coffee table can do more than function as a foot stool and secondary dinner table, here are some clever, simple ways to create a stunning coffee table
1) Sets of three: Unify sets of objects by color in order to create a cohesive theme.
2) Trays: Use trays to create a collection of items and add life with splashes of botanical.
Photo: Pottery Barn
3) Varying Heights: Try using items of different heights and scales to create contrast and structure.
4) Repetitive themes: Use one item or object in repetition to create a collective focal point.
*As a side note, there are more apples on this table than I've eaten over the course of my entire life...unless we're counting apple martinis...
5) Minimalist approach: Keep things simple with a neutral bowl and a small assortment of decorative balls.
Photo: Restoration Hardware
6) Floral Frivolity: Pair a monochromatic floral arrangement with a few well-appointed books and a conversation piece to create a more formal setting.
And most importantly, don't forget to leave plenty of room for actually using the surface of your table! After all, how else are you going to combine design with dinner, drinks, and HGTV-viewing?