|A well designed vignette by Tilton Fenwick features a textured coffee table with nail head trim, Chinoiserie accents in the form of lanterns and blue and white urn holding gorgeous hydrangea and a wonderful Lucite tray. (above)|
I love a gorgeous coffee table decorated with interesting items. I think a lot of people overlook their coffee tables. They put a bowl on the table, some fake fruit and call it a day. I would argue that a coffee table is just as important as any part of the room as far as decorating…it is right in the center of a living space. It is another place to add a little personality, visual interest and warmth to a home.
So here are some tips on sprucing up your coffee table decor:
1. Add flowers or plants – Keep a fresh bouquet of flowers (can be cut from your garden ) or a neat little plant on your table. I have an orchid on my coffee table. Brings something living into your living room and can wonderful burst of color.
2. Reading is good – Sounds cliche but coffee table books are a wonderful thing. They are a great conversation piece, they add color and if you are a guest in some one’s home they do provide for great browsing. Also, it is a way to add your point of view into a space.
3. Create highs and lows – Remember not everything on the coffee table should be the same height. Tall candle sticks, low trays, medium height plants, small decorative items. Add texture by adding pieces that differ in scale, height and size.
4. Let there be light – A great candle, a lantern or, candle sticks provide great mood light on a coffee table and they can be very decorative as well.
5. Pop of color – Afraid of color like me, use your coffee table as the place to try out bolder color and or interesting curiosities that may be too overwhelming throughout a space but that will work in small doses.
6. A little history tells a big story – Make sure to add in an item that is truly personal and tells a bit about your life or your family. I have a silver dish that my mother has given me on my coffee table…makes my space feel like home!
|I took this photos last year at a show house! A large dark tray turns an ottoman into a kind of mysterious coffee table vignette with flowers, scented oils and candles designed by Windsor Smith. (above)|
|A modern country take with an iron and reclaimed wood coffee table, lotus flower votive candle holders, necessary books and a lovely floral arrangement in green and white. (above)|
Do you have any tricks you’ve used to decorate your coffee table? Which of these table scenes do you like the best?