Three Tips to Styling Designer Coffee Tables
Do you want to give your living room an easy update? Then you need to start with a designer coffee table.
Largely defined by the style of the space, the room, the décor, and of course, functionality – coffee tables can be a key design element in any living room design. A coffee table is a powerful statement piece that has the potential to either be a masterpiece, a cluttered mess or a big disappointment. Here’s how to take advantage of that blank canvas sitting right in front of your sofa.
#1 The Rule of Three
As in so many other areas of design, the age-old rule of threes comes in handy when styling your coffee table. For any size or shape of table, the rule of three says that things arranged in threes are more appealing, memorable and effective. It is also worth mentioning that when all three items are at the same eye level, it won’t be as attention-grabbing. Holding true for all sized and shaped tables – to create a more eye-catching display, choose three objects of varying heights to get a chic, stylish look for your coffee table.
#2 Stick to a Theme or Get Personal
While a designer coffee table is a conversation piece all on its own, what goes on, under and around it will finish the look. As a living-room focal point, your coffee table is a great place to rotate seasonal decorative elements. While you could display beautiful lilies in spring and sunflowers in summer, you could also let the objects on your coffee table tell a story about your passions and memories. A great tip is to display a grouping of attractive conversation pieces, and make your favourite piece the room’s focal point by displaying it alone in the centre of the table.
#3 Less is Always More
Coffee tables do more than just provide a usable space for coffee cups, wine glasses, flowers and snacks. Coffee tables add personality. Unfortunately, nothing makes for a cluttered surface faster than a large collection of small bits and pieces. There are times when minimalism can be the right thing, and there are times when a table of knick-knacks work. The good news is, artfully arranged – anything can become a thing of beauty. To help you achieve style success, stick to a few key pieces – a silver bowl, a tray, a pretty planter, an interesting sculpture, and a coffee table book or two. It is also worth mentioning that a coffee table without a coffee table book is a lot like a model without lipstick. Pick ones with bright covers and bold letters, and vary the height of the stacks for an effortless style.
Whether you’re looking to update your business reception area or whether you’re looking to beautify your living room or entertainment area – even the most unflattering coffee table can blossom into a powerful masterpiece by utilising these styling tips. Ultimately, there really are no hard and fast rules. It’s all about balance, and the key to getting the balance right is to find the right coffee table that fits your space and complements your style, and then decorate it with the things you love the most.