Coffee (table) Talk
Coffee tables have come a long way since their early days of the Victorian Era. While the fabrics, paint and artwork are instrumental in creating the look and feel of a room, the coffee table serves as an anchor, tying all of the elements together.
But what sits on - or is left off of - a coffee table can be the difference between eye catching and eye sore. A coffee table should be equal parts fashion and function, reflecting the style of the room and its inhabitants. Using accessories that compliment the decor is equally critical.
This farmhouse style coffee table provides a large space for relaxing, but without accessories, it looks quite stark.
The table is a blank slate for layering favorite pieces.
Use items you already own and love to create an authentic and organic look that reflects you.
Gather items that you enjoy looking at. Trays, vases, and objects that have meaning to you are all good options. Perhaps a collection of shells, interesting driftwood or even branches from outside your home bring the outdoors in. And you can never go wrong with fresh flowers.
While the natural cream color of this ceramic platter (above) looks nice against the wood, the other items just float about.
The painted ceramic balls in shades of navy and cobalt tie the table to the sofa throw pillows in the same hues.
The silver tray looks great paired with the bubble glass vase and glass pillar candlesticks but ended up in the living room coffee table (shown at the bottom).
A woven tray adds texture and anchors the books...
And rotating a few pieces (as well as adding candles for some warmth)....
An alternate look, this coffee table (below), has a glass top with two lower shelves. This can make for an added challenge, as what you place on top will be set off by the items underneath. Be careful not to place items that distract or detract.