Styling your cof­fee ta­ble

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Erina Starkey

THE cof­fee ta­ble is the cen­tre­piece of your liv­ing room, so why not make it look won­der­ful.

Jen­nae Behn, founder of north­ern beaches on­line re­tailer West Lane In­te­ri­ors, shows us how a few care­fully cu­rated ob­jects can re­fresh your in­te­ri­ors.

“A cof­fee ta­ble is a key piece of fur­ni­ture in the home and it’s im­por­tant to give it some life and per­son­al­ity,” says Behn.

“Some of my favourite items to style with in­clude de­sign books, plants, ce­ram­ics, sculp­tural or­na­ments and can­dles,” she says.

“Cre­ate an as­sort­ment of dif­fer­ent heights, tex­tures and colours for vis­ual in­ter­est.

“Don’t let one piece over­power the oth­ers – you want the end re­sult to look thought­ful and bal­anced.”

Behn says that, un­less your gar­den has a con­stant source of flow­ers, trade up the liv­ing room vase for a pot plant, which will last longer and pu­rify the air.

“Plants with ab­stract leaves, spikes or beau­ti­ful cas­cad­ing fronds can make a real state­ment piece,” she says. “Don’t be afraid to add a fun or un­usual item.

“Vin­tage col­lectibles or found ob­jects can be a great way to com­mu­ni­cate per­sonal style as well as act as a con­ver­sa­tion point.”

Behn says to en­sure your cof­fee ta­ble stays prac­ti­cal as well as pretty, con­sider styling on a tray first.

“This al­lows you to eas­ily move your dec­o­ra­tive items else­where when it’s time for cof­fee and cake,” she says.

“A tray, can­is­ter or wide bowl can also make a prac­ti­cal home for re­mote con­trols or coast­ers.” More in­for­ma­tion at west­lanein­te­ri­ors.com.au

Hide prac­ti­cal items in bowls, trays or bas­kets and dis­play items of var­i­ous shapes and sizes to cre­ate in­ter­est.

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