Our coffee table is the one area in our home that I constantly change.
I love to switch, update and add seasonal touches
After taking a peek at Chairish.com, it has inspired me to take part in their “Coffee Table Essentials” Challenge.
For those of you that don’t already know Chairish, it is a great on-line site where you can buy and sell beautiful vintage furniture and décor, the shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures.
If you have never visited their site you should definitely make the effort – you may well find some inspiration!
The challenge involved styling one of their lovely coffee tables. I chose the ‘1 Drawer Tuscan Wash’ Coffee Table.
All the items I have included in the selection are available on the Chairish site (you can find the links to these items below).
Here’s what I came up with;
- Glidden Ceramic Turquoise Planter
- Mirrored Stars – Set of 3
- 1 Drawer Tuscan Wash Coffee Table
- Vintage Indian Solid Brass Candlesticks – Set of 3
- Large Chrome & White Tray
- Large Turquoise Glidden Ceramic Vase
Coffee Table Styling
(It’s Not Difficult When You Know How)
internet and in glossy magazines? I know I do.
The Basics – Ideas Of What To Include In Your Display
- First and foremost you need your coffee table! (I know, I know, I’m stating the obvious 😉 )
- Find a tray! Trays are great for creating a boundary
and framing your accessories
- Choose something with height
– this can be anything from a large candlestick to a vase with some
flowers (it’s up to you)
- Choose something horizontal (could be books, an ornament or a low planter)
- Some interesting or sentimental items (items you enjoy looking at or have special memories)
- Natural elements (plants, flowers, burlap, shells, stones – anything you like)
- Candles – when lit in the evenings, the candles give the room a lovely cosy ambience
The Basic Guidelines
- Get a table that fits with the scale of the room
- Pay attention that you choose items that have the correct proportions – you don’t want to swamp the table
- Don’t be afraid of space – never use too many items and make sure you leave some of the table free (otherwise it can look cluttered and disorganised)
- Stagger the heights, group similar items such as candles or ornaments and vary their height
- Balance colour, texture and size (not too many different colours)
- Try to pick a theme and stick with it (don’t try to include every nick-nack you own because it
needs a certain amount of continuity)
Make It Personal
- Play around! Stand back, look at it and go with your
gut feeling (I switch things around until I hit the right combination). When you have got the right look you will know – then step away! 🙂
- And finally, invite someone round for
coffee so they can enjoy your handiwork too!
My exceptions to the rule;
In our house, it’s no good having a really tall object because;
a) the kids will knock it over
b) we have a really small home so anything too big will look out of place
c) and to my annoyance, my other half will remove it every evening from the table as he can’t see the tv!
With the horizontal items;
Here are some of the items I’ve had on my coffee table over the last couple of months.
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