Monday, December 20, 2010

Design Tips: Accessorize your coffee table!



Yes, you need to keep some room for drinks and snacks when your friends come visit. But an empty coffee table just doesn't make your living room look inviting.

Warm it up with some simple ideas... and keep in mind your personal situation. A tall vase would look lovely paired with an artful stack of books, but if you have a happy dog with a big fluffy tail, or small children... well, just use some common sense!

We found the following helpful tips and strategies on the "DivineCaroline" blog. Apparently it was first published on another great website, The Inspired Room. Photos courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens website. Enjoy!

"Want to accessorize your coffee table but don’t know where to begin? Here is a simple formula that makes it easy to get started:

Books + Plant Material + Decorative Object = Stylish and Attractive Coffee Tablescape

Here are some other quick style tips you can try for coffee tables:

--Try unifying different shaped objects by using items of the same color. Three different shaped vases all in blue, for instance.

--Create interest with items of all one color by using different textures.

--Try opposites: pair smooth with rough, shiny with dull, old with new, round with square, organic with man-made.
--Vary the heights so that each object is just a little bit shorter than the next tallest item. This keep items from feeling disjointed.

--Make sure objects are not all too small. Choose at least one bolder item to be in focus.
--Use books or pedestals to elevate items that seem too short.

--Use a basket or tray filled with a collection of items: maybe books, fruit, artichokes, seashells, vintage toys, games or buttons.

--Interesting conversation pieces are wonderful for coffee tables, we use carved wood instruments and attractive wood or vintage game boards.

--Leave plenty of room on the table for actually using the surface for something other than display. If you don’t leave room for a coffee cup, the table will appear awkward and will not be useful to you. Make table tops pretty and useful!

--Make sure your table-scape looks good from all angles.

--You can use just one item on your table, such as a piece of pottery or a vase, but make sure it isn’t tiny! Wide and bold would be a better choice than tall and skinny.

--When you look at magazines, zero in on coffee table table-scapes you like and duplicate what you see with your own items of similar size and shape!"

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