Bring Your Ideas to the Ta­ble

Styling Ideas for Cof­fee & Side Ta­bles

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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.

Side Ta­ble

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.

Con­sole Ta­bles

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.

For more life­style tips and ad­vice, visit the Life­style sec­tion on www. prop­erty 24.com.

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