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The coffee table ties the look of a living room. If you don’t know how to dress it, here’s help. Interior stylist Jasleen Singh of The Ketli Home styles three coffee tables at Fabindia and decodes the rules.
The coffee table is an important aesthetic and functional part of your living room. It could be the one element that helps anchor your seating arrangement. Whether you have a large space and can house a good sized one, or can only accommodate a small one in your tiny apartment, it’s important to have a surface to rest your
coffee, or other beverage on. If you have a TV in your living room, your coffee table can also serve as a footrest and remote station. Whatever its function, how you style your coffee table can have a huge aesthetic impact and help pull a room together. Here are a few styling tips to help pretty up your centre table.
LOOK FOR CONTEMPORARY ELEGANCE
It’s all about balance. The goal is not to fill up the surface. Sometimes less is more. Leave some room for coasters and to keep a snack or two for when you are entertaining.
Start with some life. A floral centrepiece or a low height plant. Add books for height and display some pretty objects on these, such as a pretty lantern or a small pottery piece for a layered effect.
If the coffee table is two-tiered, keep some books or an interesting box on the lower shelf. Play around with what you have and see if it looks right to you.
As a general rule, don’t place anything too tall on the table which could obstruct the view of people sitting opposite you.
DON’T RUN IN CIRCLES
A round table has many benefits. No sharp edges, helps soften the room, and looks so stylish. But it can be a tricky shape to style. Work against the round shape. Here we worked with a triangular display. Alternatively, you could use a rectangular tray.
Stack some coffee table books and keep a candle or a small sculpture or any striking decor item on it. Remember, not too many things on the books in case your guest wants to flip through one.
A piece of pottery like this beautiful bowl will add interest with colour or texture.
Place a vase of summer blooms or a low height plant to anchor the arrangement.
PICK THE SPACE SAVER
If you have a very small space, think outside the box. You could use an interesting trunk as the centre table. Another alternative could be using two nesting tables.
When styling a small table, go for just one or two pieces to create an impact. Here we used a fair sized marble bowl and added marigold flowers for colour. Coffee table books are styling staples, but use these only if you have the space. If the table is really small, just have that one centerpiece, like the bowl with flowers.
You don’t need much to create an interesting display. Mix shapes and textures, bring flowers or plants into the mix, and balance your arrangement with the other elements in the room. Happy styling! Delhi-based Jasleen Singh, an interior stylist, is the founder of The Ketli Home. She is also the co-host of the Instagram hashtag BrightSpacesWeLove, which curates pretty spaces from across the world. @theketlihome (Instagram)