Thursday, January 1, 2015

Styling 101 : The Coffee Table

The coffee table.  Unless it's properly styled it can seem like an island, floating and separate from the rest of your living room furniture.  A fancy footrest.  (Don't worry, we've all done it.)  But it's very simple to create a cohesive look. A look that is put together, but still realistic.  

First, gather your most interesting and eye-catching books.  Stacks of books create dimension, and lay the groundwork for everything else.  They can also tell your visitors a lot about you and your interests- immediately sparking conversation.



Next, move on to florals.  Flowers add color, texture and a fresh scent.  They also require a vase, which just extends their impact.  The bouquet needs to be changed frequently, so your look never gets stagnant.


It's now time to layer in some of your favorite bits and pieces.  Some that have meaning, some that tell stories, and some you just plain love.


Select items in various sizes for added interest.


Lastly, and possibly most important, you need a good tray, bowl or platter to corral all of your treasures and to keep everything organized.  They are also a great way to hold the not-so-beautiful items like remotes, taking interest away from them. 


So there you have it!  Coffee table perfection is just a book, vase, sculpture and platter away!

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