Coffee table: Pottery Barn
Stumped about how to style the top of your coffee table?
I’ll be honest, mine is usually covered with assorted action heroes, video game controllers, a wad of gum and pb & j crusts. But IF we wanted to impress the neighbors, how would we do it? While a vase of fresh flowers or a stack of books always works, here are some tips for combining objects in fresh and fun ways:
- Books, a plant & a decorative object on a coffee table make a great table-scape.
- Create interest with items of all one color by using different shapes or textures.
- Try opposites: pair smooth with rough, shiny with dull, old with new, round with square, organic with man-made.
- Vary the heights so that each object is just a little bit shorter
than the next tallest item. This keep items from feeling disjointed.
- Make sure objects are not all too small. Choose at least one bolder item to be in focus.
- Use books or pedestals to elevate items that seem too short.
- Keep decorative items from blocking your view to people sitting on the
other side of coffee table! If items are too tall it is difficult to
have a conversation.
- Use a basket or tray filled with a collection of items: maybe
books, fruit, artichokes, seashells, vintage toys, games or buttons.
- Interesting conversation pieces are wonderful for coffee tables — when I am entertaining, I have carved wood instruments and attractive vintage game boards on mine.
- Leave plenty of room on the table for actually using the surface
for something other than display. If you don’t leave room for a coffee
cup, the table will appear awkward and will not be useful to you. Make
table tops pretty & useful!
- Make sure your table-scape looks good from all angles.
- You can use just one item on your table, such as a piece of pottery
or a vase, but make sure it isn’t tiny! Wide and bold would be a better
choice than tall and skinny.
- When you look at magazines, zero in on coffee table table-scapes
you like and duplicate what you see with your own items of similar size
Now this one my son could do. Easy! Thanks Pottery Barn!