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Styling Ideas for Coffee & Side Tables
Styling your coffee or side table is the easiest way to update a space. It’s also one of the simplest ways to add colour, play with height and create depth in a room.
Rectangular Coffee Table
When it comes to styling your coffee table, you don’t want to clutter its surface with too many things. Arrange your accessories in such a way that you still have enough space to place drinks and snacks on the side of the table.
The key is to play with different height variations. For example, you could use a cluster of candle holders in varying heights or, if your candle holders are the same height, use a decorative box to raise one or two of the candles.
Some side tables are so impressive in their design that they don’t need much styling. Sometimes all you need is a simple lamp and you’re done.
Round Accent Table
With any round table you want to arrange your décor in the centre of the table to create a balanced look. You should aim to create a layered look so that your table doesn’t appear bare. To do this, you can use a group of candles and pair them with flowers, for example. Alternatively, you could pair succulents with coffee table books or arrange different decorative accents on a tray.
Mirrored coffee table
Coffee tables with mirrored surfaces are trendy accent choices that should be allowed to shine. As such, it’s key not to overdo it with decorative accents. Pick simple accessories that won’t overshadow the beauty of the table. For example, you can use simple bowls, orchids in a jar or decorative boxes to create a layered look.
The best thing about console tables is that they don’t always have to be pushed up against the wall. You can make a style statement by placing a console table behind your sofa, and then style it by experimenting with accents of different shapes and heights. Use pieces like silk flower arrangements, mason jars, lamps, glass bowls, trays and framed photographs.
Spread these out evenly, with the smaller accents in the middle of the console and taller accents on the outer edges of the table. When styling a console table that’s standing up against the wall, remember that you can be as creative as you like with it.
You also want to use every space, not only on the table but also around the console table. For instance, to add a bit of depth, you can mount an eye-catching mirror above the table. You could also place ottomans under the table to boost visual appeal and offer extra seating.
If you have a farmhouse style console, don’t break away from the theme. Use picture frames, lanterns and jars with an easy rustic feel.
Side-by-side Coffee Tables
If you choose twin coffee tables for your living room, keep in mind that you don’t have to style them the same way. Mix up your décor. For example, you could use flowers and candles on one table, and lanterns and books on the other.
Distressed Round Side Table
Because distressed tables already have some ornamental element, you don’t have to go overboard with decorative accents. To dress this table up, all you need is a lamp and you can call it a day. Side tables with small surfaces should be left bare.
Rustic Coastal Coffee Table
When it comes to decorating themed tables, choose accent pieces that complement their motif, such as distressed candle holders, decorative coral, large seashells, wire bowls, glass bowls in ocean hues and scented candles.
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