Published at Monday, July 15th 2019, 05:57:00 AM. Coffee Table. By Rudell Kaufmann.
We've taken all the guess work out, and put together a foolproof coffee table styling starter kit for you.
If you want to figure out how to bake that crazy complicated cake you found on Pinterest, you follow the recipe. To successfully "hack" your IKEA lack table and create it look like it's covered in carrara marble, you read the tutorial.
But what's a design superstar wannabe to do when it's time to figure out how to style their coffee table? We've taken all the guess work out, and put together a foolproof coffee table styling 'starter‐kit' for you.
1. TRAYIf there were ever an award for the most versatile‐slash‐useful style accessory, I will nominate the tray in the "lifetime achievement" category. You could use a good tray in 101 different ways, and on your soon‐to‐be ideal styled coffee table, your tray must be front and center
TIP: You could place a smaller tray on top of your "coffee table book", and work it to hold any other accessories, or even TV‐remotes. If you select a larger tray, you could stack your books on it, and use it as a quasi centerpiece on your table.
2. COFFEE TABLE BOOKIt doesn't have "coffee table" in it's name for nothing. The first place you want to start is with a beautiful coffee table book. This is the one time you have our permission to completely judge a book by it's cover, so pick one whose color, mood, vibe, or content really speaks to you.
Think of it as a piece of art for your coffee table so select something that you'd be proud to have on display (one book would do it, but feel free to attach more than one, and stack them ‐up for some extra glamour).
TIP: if you are unsure what book to select, fashion and photography books are usually a good place to start. Attach a pop of color to your table by selecting a title with a vibrant cover, or use a black and white coffee table book to carry some 'neutral vibes' to an already colorful space.
3. DECORATIVE ACCESSORYYou could really have some fun with a decorative accessory for your table. Pay attention to scale and settle on a piece that feels right, size‐wise based on the proportions of your table. Accessories often work well sitting inside your tray.
TIP: Think about your coffee table on your next trip! Traveling is a great time to pick up smaller decor items that you could then use in your home (and remember your vacay each time you see them).
4. CANDLEA candle is a key piece in your starter kit, and a great way to bring some mood and homey‐ness to your room. If you're someone who loves scent, you'll have an easy time selecting a fave.
But even if you're not a scent‐a‐holic, you could select an unscented candle and still enjoy the same vibe.
TIP: Select a candle in a glass container to amp up the glam factor and to help ensure there is minimal mess. After the candle burns out, save the container to use as a bud vase, create‐up brush holder, or jewelry catch‐all.
5. VASEFresh flowers are always a good idea, and a pretty‐little vase is basically going to serve as the tasty frosting of your new, best styled coffee table. A medium‐ sized vase would generally work‐ well in a grouping, and a simple metallic or white color would ensure it looks good with every type of flower.
TIP: Pick up a simple bouquet of one type of flower at your nearest market for simply arranging. If you're not a big flower fan, use a plant instead. Just create sure to put a pretty dish below it to catch the water runoff.