Has your coffee table lost its charm? Become a dumping ground for magazines, papers, coffee cups, toys and household clutter? Coffee tables can be a magnet for a range of items around the home, as well as the usual TV and personal device paraphernalia.
Bring back your coffee table charisma with these 5 simple styling tips.
#1 Stash it. Clear off the junk, recycle mags and papers and stow away items that are getting in the way. Keep to one side pieces you think should stay. Then read on.
#2 Group it. Choose 3 or 5 favourite pieces and group them together in a section of the table. Vary the height, texture and shape of the objects for an interesting display. Think glass vases or bottles, wooden bowls, ceramic vessels and metals. I also love to add something organic and textural from the garden or beach. The idea is to use what you already have in the house (or find outside) and group them in a new way. Store items that don’t work and bring them out later when you feel like a refresh.
For a simpler look, try grouping complementary items from the same collection for an effective display.
#3 Stack it. Books add visual and textural interest to your table. They create height and make a great platform for displaying other items.
#4 Try a tray. If you really battle to keep clutter under control, try using a tray. Trays are an easy way to create a sense of order on the table, particularly for busy households. They give essential items a home and make an ideal base for grouping other favourite pieces. Sneak in the remotes alongside candles, vases and other collectables.
For a less formal look, play with textured surfaces and different shapes as your “tray”. Think rattan, beaten silver and flat ceramic servers in round and oval shapes. Baskets, rope bowls and paper bags make great catch-alls too.
# Go floral. Nothing says coffee table more beautifully than a bowl of fresh flowers. This one is my favourite. Do it above all others. Because no matter how dishevelled you or your coffee table are feeling, fresh florals or a piece of foliage in a simple vessel will always make you feel better.
Every coffee table deserves a bit of love. Give yours some today. Happy styling!