Malaysia Tatler Homes - - JUN/JUL ISSUE -

Lux­u­ri­ous and pres­ti­gious ad­dresses around the city

What fol­lows af­ter pur­chas­ing new cof­fee ta­ble? Style it up, of course! (Re­fer to page 76 for our rec­om­men­da­tions if you are look­ing for one...)


An in­stant and fail-proof method of adding a layer of in­trigue to your or­di­nary-look­ing cof­fee ta­ble is to use a tray. It works es­pe­cially well when placed on larger ta­bles as it helps to break up the sur­face. Plus, it pro­vides a good stor­age space to con­tain and or­gan­ise items that may oth­er­wiseot be scat­tered on the ta­ble top, susuch as books, toys, flow­ers, coast­ers and even­eve a cock­tail or two.


Sim­i­lar to ar­rang­ing a fire­place man­tel or a bo­book­shelf, the trick to set­ting up a vi­suavi­su­ally in­ter­est­ing cof­fee ta­ble is to cre­ate con­trast. One way of do­ing it is to use ac­ces­soriesa of vary­ing heights and scale. Tthis will keep items from feel­ing dis­joindis­jointed. Or try pair­ing the op­po­sites: old witwith new, round with square, smooth with ro­r­ough, shiny with dull. An ex­tra tip: use a fewfe large, pretty art books to make a stack to el­e­vate items that seem too small or too short.


Ev­ery part of your house, in­clud­ing your cof­fee ta­ble, can be a good spot to show­case your style and per­son­al­ity. Pick sev­eral of your favourite ob­jects to cre­ate a vi­gnette that re­flects you and your pas­sion. It may be ti­tles you are cur­rently read­ing, decor pieces sourced from your trips to the flea mar­kets or glass bot­tles you have been col­lect­ing over the years. More of­ten than not, th­ese are the things that will spark cu­rios­ity and con­ver­sa­tion.


The most com­mon and prob­a­bly the most ef­fec­tive cof­fee ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion is a pot of flow­ers, suc­cu­lents or herbs. Be it a sin­gle, large or mul­ti­ple smaller ar­range­ments, th­ese or­ganic el­e­ments will un­doubt­edly pro­vide a lively, colour­ful fo­cal point to the en­tire space. Other popular cen­tre­piece al­ter­na­tives are ter­rar­i­ums or even a sim­ple large can­dle housed in a glass hur­ri­cane.


Last but not least, do not overdo it. As with any­thing, mod­er­a­tion is the key to a well-styled cof­fee ta­ble. It is not nec­es­sary to cover the ta­ble top with all kinds of dis­play to make it seem thought­ful. Af­ter all, a cof­fee ta­ble should have space for cups of cof­fee.

1. Casablanca tray – avail­able at Mai­son Cu­rio 2. Seashell and starfish – avail­able at Mai­son Cu­rio 3. Pot plants – avail­able at www.cran­more­ 4. Har­mo­nious Beauty – avail­able at Li­uligong­fang 5. Gal­ston hur­ri­cane – avail­able at 6. Ap­poca glass bot­tles – avail­able at Mai­son Cu­rio

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