Published at Thursday, July 18th 2019, 01:46:00 AM. Coffee Table. By Rudell Kaufmann.
In a perfect world, we'd all have "immaculately" styled coffee tables‐ones with best monochrome stacks of 'fashion books', 'designer candles', and 'towering floral arrangements'.
Yes, in the generation of Instagram, our innate determination to keep up with the Joneses has expanded to the living room.
In the real world, nevertheless, our coffee tables better resemble a mashup of remotes, miscellaneous magazines, kids' toys, and other random objects. In daily life, function takes 'precedence over form'. So how do we strike a balance between stylish and manageable?
Today, we're appearing you how to style a coffee table to be the centerpiece of your living room, no matter how you use your space.
A 'little greenery' moves a long way. Begin with an fascinating plant or greenery arrangement to create your 'coffee table' sense more 'organic' and 'less staged'. Larger 'sculptural succulents' like 'pencil cactuses' or 'branches' like eucalyptus or cherry blossoms are great to anchor larger coffee tables.
1. PLAY WITH VARYING SHAPESRound coffee tables could be a little tricky. Generally, they look their best when items are arranged in a triangular shape: a stack of books, a tray, and a bowl, for example. Too many 'square' or 'rectangular items' could also create a round surface feel a little‐off. Playing with a variety of geometric shapes, from circles to hexagons, would help the surface feel more dynamic.
2. DIVIDE AND CONQUEROn square coffee tables, try dividing the surface into quadrants and displaying an arrangement of four major items: a stack of books, a tall plant, a tray, or a collection of bowls, for example. This grid would assist your coffee table feel 'organized' and 'dynamic' at the same time. Move items around the four quadrants until you reach the best display.
3. LAYER PERSONAL OBJECTSAttach decorative objects on top of your stack of books‐vases, candleholders, or other interesting finds would offer your surface a more 'dynamic' and 'interesting feel'. It would also make height where things might otherwise feel a little flat.
4. USE TRAYS TO ORGANIZEUse 'trays' and 'boxes' to remain all your necessities organized. This can involve remotes, matchboxes for your candles, coasters, or any other little items you like to remain 'handy' on your coffee table but that might otherwise feel‐out of place or not hold enough weight on their own.
5. STACK YOUR BOOKSGo the minimalistic route and display only a collection of your special coffee table books‐no fuss required. This could perceive especially impactful if you have a 'bold' or 'colorful' coffee table or if your books are color‐coded or carry a specific theme. Typically, stacks of two to four books work best.
6. THROW IN UNEXPECTED OBJECTSDo you have ' family memories' or 'souvenirs' you want to display? While we tend to save those types of objects for bookcases or console tables, the interesting objects could actually have more impact on a coffee table, where people congregate, so don't be afraid of throwing in a few unexpected items‐especially ones with interesting backstories.7. LAYER WITH FLOOR CUSHIONSEmbrace the Scandinavian "hygge philosophy" and "layer the space" around your coffee table with floor cushions to encourage people to gather around and create your space feel extra cozy. This is an principally good trick if you have "small children" or "pets" or if you love hosting friends for game night. Your living room would instantly look more inviting.
8. DISPLAY A COLLECTIONDo you collect 'antique silver boxes', 'busts', 'bowls', or other 'interesting objects'? Let your coffee table be a display for your 'most prized'collections. Repetition is a familiar trick of the trade, so use it to your gain and show similar items in large numbers.
9. PLAY WITH SCALEOne mistake that people often create with their coffee table is showing too many objects of similar sizes. Breaking up the surface with a comparatively large object could do wonders for the overall feel of your room‐try showing an oversize vase with tall branches or a large bowl to give your space a more dynamic look.
10. CONSIDER ITS FUNCTIONAbove all else, contemplate how you use your coffee table before you select how to style it. Do you typically 'put‐down' your drink when 'watching TV'?Do you love to play board games? Do you lounge around reading books and magazines on weekends? The best coffee tables may be expertly styled, but they aren't functional if they don't serve the purpose that their owners need them for.