Bored of the coffee table look you’ve had for the past few years? We share coffee table-styling tips from the pros.
“Like book and display shelves, coffee tables are an opportunity to express your personal style, memories and interests,” says Karin Cawthorne of Kare Design.
Alon Sachs, owner of Mobelli Furniture + Living, agrees. “It’s important to reflect your personality when styling your coffee table,” he notes.
Striking a careful balance is key to styling your coffee table. “Add too much and you’ll clutter the table top,” warns Cawthorne.
Sachs also believes in sticking to a less-is-more approach. “Sometimes all you need is a skilfully crafted stack of books with a decorative object like a bowl or vase on top of each ensemble,” he suggests.
Three’s never a crowd. Displaying items in threes is a design mantra you can apply to any décor ensemble.
Group like objects together or use different-scaled pieces to create depth and dimension.
Limit yourself to a few considered items to make a style statement.
The secret to dressing any coffee table is to keep everything organised. Compartmentalise items into squared sections in a grid formation and arrange items accordingly.
Mix it up
This season be brave and display unexpected items with artistic flair. “Juxtapose elements to create talking points,” suggests Cawthorne.
Go big or go home with contrasting colours, textures and materials. Here, pops of pink, crystal, silver and a statement vase add pizzazz.
Add touches of glam rock in small increments, if you dare. Place one statement item off-centre for the ultimate maximalist statement.
Trend alert: Glass is back!
Coffee tables’ different transparent tones and intricate shapes are hot on the radar. “Glass tables are a beauty to have. Their transparent nature allows them to work well with many different colours and décor options,” says Sachs.
The on-trend Kew coffee table from Mobelli will make a strong statement.
“A tray adds structure to a coffee table scheme and can come in handy when you need to clear coffee mugs away,” says Cawthorne.
Here, contrast is key. “When adding a tray, the secret is to choose materials that are different to that of your table,” recommends Sachs.
When grouping smaller items on a tray, don’t bundle everything too close together. Take time to create a well-considered ensemble and place the tray off-centre to add visual interest.
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Flowers are a simple but chic addition to a coffee table. “Use unique vases filled with fresh flowers or even a small pot plant,” says Sachs. This will add a pop of colour while keeping it simple.
All you need is a vase of flowers to add some colour and keep your space from feeling too stark.
Don’t go too high. Keep vases at a comfortable level so that they don’t obstruct conversation.
Trend alert: Opulent marble
Marble coffee tables are design objects in their own right. According to Sachs, “A marble piece introduces a classic elegance to even the most modern space.” Rockefeller coffee table, available from Mobelli. Visit www.mobelli.co.za