Tips for Creating a Cozy Coffee Table
A coffee table serves many purposes in a living room, including as a surface for food and drink, a spot to rest your feet, a hiding spot for the remote, and, of course, as an attractive decorative accent. It could be all of these things, at the very least. If you aren't careful, your coffee table can quickly become a cluttered mess, and if you're afraid to get creative, it can be a drab disappointment. So that you can master the art of decorating a coffee table with confidence and flair, I have compiled some useful guidelines with specific situations to follow.
You can't go wrong with the rule of three when it comes to decorating your coffee table, as it applies to so many other design elements. Three pieces are a safe bet for any size or shape of table.
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Here we see the living room designed by Home Furniture and Interior Design by Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör The vase, the small covered dish, and the candlesticks all count as separate objects. Although there are technically four components to this set (or more if you count each individual flower), the whole still feels like a set of three and creates a sophisticated whole.
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Make use of books as a foundation This coffee table has been artfully styled to feature a wide variety of objects while maintaining a sense of order and cleanliness. This is due to the fact that the items feel more organized on the bookcases, reinforcing the previously established division into three distinct classes.
As a starting point for a layered look, beautiful books (or other flat items like serving trays or even stylish magazines) can work wonderfully. The simplest method involves using three books of roughly the same size as a base, upon which to stack progressively smaller objects. This is a living room by Another great case in point is Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör. Even better, the rule of three can be used multiple times within each subgroup to further your design prowess.
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Here, designer Kate Jackson uses the principle that putting the tallest item in the center creates a more aesthetically pleasing symmetry. However, a bit of calculated asymmetry can be striking in its own right. Heightening the ensemble will make it feel more active and interesting.
To add even more visual interest, cut an inch or two off the base of one candle in each candlestick.
Decorate your coffee table with a plant (flowers, a leafy planter, or even an exotic cactus), a simple book (remove the jacket if it's too busy), and a sleek metal or glass bauble using the easy 1-2-3 formula:
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Refectory Tables Made of Glass When accessorizing a glass coffee table, remember that it's not all about the things you place on top. In this Toronto apartment, I went with a graphic rug to complement the see-through table. For something different, try a black-and-white rug with geometric shapes or a bare table to draw attention to the rug.
Irregularly shaped tables When the table is a weird curvy shape like the one in this Swedish house, it makes a great plant friend. Our Company, Alvhem Mkleri & Interiör Softly cascading flowers, such as tulips, are perfect because their organic forms complement the table shape and you don't need a lot of extra drama.
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