Published at Sunday, June 30th 2019. by Nikoleta Michel in Coffee Table.
1. The Art of "Coffee table‐styling"
"Coffee table‐styling" is a part of an art. Since coffee tables usually have prominent places in living rooms, it's important that they look good, but it's equally important that they function in the way they're supposed to.
Displays like this one from "Sarah Greenman" require to be pretty without disrupting the flow of the rest of the space area. Fortunately, "Coffee table‐styling" is easy to master as long as you remain certain guidelines in mind.
2. Keep it Stability
Stability is an main component of any 'coffee table display', or one of the simplest ways to achieve stability is with 'symmetry'.
In the case of this example designed by "Amanda Carol" Interiors, a central object grounds the exhibit while smaller displays of 'equal visual' weight on either ‐side round it out. Perceive that while the "objects " on either‐side are not identical, they do stability each other out in terms of size or tone.
3. Composition is "Key"
Composition is a awkward thing to get the hang of, with it's the element most people have trouble with when it comes to "coffee table‐styling ".
The key is to think about how all the items in a vignette work together as a whole. Sometimes they'll connect through color, sometimes style, sometimes shape, and sometimes theme.
Once complete the entire display would read as one unit, with each item fitting together with those around it.
And when done really well, even apparently disconnected items would read together as one, like in this display by "Massimo Interiors".
Obtaining the best composition of a display right takes practice, so play around with items and their placement until it feels right to you.
4. Use a Tray
There's a easy trick stylists or decorators like "Vanessa Francis" use to 'ensure items work' together in a display.
They use a tray to corral all the items. It's a great way to force items together and it helps to make a vignette look unified. If you're having trouble with composition take all the items and work within the confines of a tray. If it doesn't fit, get rid of it.
5. Size Matters
When it comes to "Coffee table‐styling" it's important to work items that are the right size.
Items must have enough 'visual‐weight' that they don't get lost, but they must never be so big that they overwhelm the space area or disrupt the 'functionality of the table'.
Like in this display from "Park & Oak Design", there must still be room to put‐down a remote drink, magazine, book, drink or whatever else creates sense in your home.
6. Work With the Room
Coffee table show don't exist in separation. They require to work with the other items in the room. In this transitional living room from "Cortney Bishop Design", the "Coffee table‐styling" mimics some of the rustic undertones of the rest of the room space.
For example, the "rough‐wood" of the mantel or the wood blinds are completed by the 'raw‐wood' coffee table and some of the pronunciations. While there's always room for contrast, the objects must increase the décor, not stand‐out like a sore thumb.
7. Keep it Low
As a common rule, when making a coffee table display you must never have anything so tall that it obstructs the 'view of people' sitting on either 'side of the table'.
In the case of this display from "Digs Design Company" the branches are visually light, so the effect isn't as disruptive as it would be were the item solid. When the room space is being worked, it might be beneficial to have a lower‐display. While 'tall‐floral arrangements' are often Instagram‐worthy, they're not always suited to the realities of everyday living.
8. Don't Overcrowd
Sometimes it could be hard to resist filling up a table surface with a lot of treasured accessories. It's important not to overcrowd and disrupt the functionality of the table. When it's just for show as it is in this room from Alexander James, it could be fun, but if it's a space where you want to set down a drink or put up your feet, you need to create sure there's space to do it. Evacuate enough room so that items could breathe, or leave space for whatever you might need.
9. Stick With the Classics
Not sure what items to use? Take a lesson from this display by "Jennifer Reynolds Interiors". Some classic, could't go wrong items involve magazines, flowers, books, and a decorative object or two.
The reasons are that they always work. Books could be stacked, a floral arrangement attaches a bit of attractive, and a decorative object gives a 'conversation piece'. It's that simple to make something Pinterest‐worthy.
10. Take a 360 Approach
When it comes to "coffee table‐styling"recall to take a 360 approach. A coffee table is often position in a central area of a room, so people could see it from all angles. Attempt to avoid using things that don't look good from all sides.
For instance, if you place a picture‐frame on a coffee table someone would have to look at the back of it. A vase, on the other hand, looks good from all angles. Look for items that are finished on all sides, like "Alexander James" has done here.
11. Include One Statement Piece
Attempt to always use at least‐one standout piece. It can be an unusual item that 'sparks conversation', something that's got a unique shape, or something much brighter than the other items, like the 'green flowers' featured in this room by "Urrutia Design".
They're simple and fit in nicely with the display, yet the eye is immediately drawn to the bright, fresh‐color. Just like in a room, a coffee table display could advantage from having a 'focal point'.
12. Add a Floral Arrangement
Virtually every 'coffee table display' could benefit from a floral arrangement. No matter how big or how small, flowers, like the ones in this show by "Jennifer Reynolds Interiors", attach a burst of freshness that could bring‐life to a display‐ a room.
They're also great because you could investigate different color combinations or have a little fun. Don't be afraid to try a color you wouldn't otherwise use in the room. Since flowers aren't particularly long-lasting, it's a great way to experiment.
13. Conversation Pieces
A 'large coffee table' could handle a lot of items, with an eclectic room could handle a lot of eclectic items! While traditional decorating wisdom says that one conversation piece is enough, if your room is 'full of interesting items' like this one from "Tucker & Marks" is, then your coffee table could accompany suit. Stay true to the style of the room with you could't go wrong.
14. Consider the Top and Bottom
A two‐tiered coffee table needs special consideration. When it comes to the bottom shelf you still want to consider balance, composition, and scale, but it should be simpler than the display on the surface.
Remain the styles similar, but try not to detract from what's above. As in this photo via Flat 15, books, decorative boxes, and other easy objects are perfect for a lower shelf.
15. Combine Shapes and Textures
Make interest in a display by mixing shapes or textures. Pair curved‐items with straight, shiny with dull, textured with smooth, or hard with soft.
While most of the items in this display from One King's Lane are square or rectangular, the burst of shapes that comes from the floral arrangement adds a ton of interest, as does the contrast in textures.
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