When you see a picture of a beautiful living room in a magazine, one of the first things you’ll notice is the coffee table. It somehow always takes first place, probably because most shots are full frontals of the sofa, fireplace, side chairs. And what’s always in the way of these shots? The coffee table.
You might know (although sometimes we don’t process it right away when we see the spreads), but these tables in the middle of the room are very VERY thoughtfully decorated. If you have a coffee table or a tufted ottoman in the middle of your living room, you should take some time to decorate it.
Although it should be a simple task, sometimes it can be challenging to decide what and how many thing to put. And even when you’ve decided, there’s still the thoughtful placement of the objects to consider.
Here some ideas to help you out decorating this little space.
Tray: A tray adds another layer of intrigue. Trays are also great to make the scale of the decorating surface a little smaller. The great thing about a tray is that it can easily be moved to give the coffee table another function. Also, because of the hard surface of a decorative tray, it’s also a perfect element to add on top of an upholstered ottoman.
Books: Coffee table books are basically made for this purpose. I like them big and with lots of colour. They look very interesting stacked by themselves or stacked with a decor object on top of the stack.
If you opt for magazines, my advice is to keep them in a neat stack. Don’t let the stack build up into a magazine tower. Try to keep only current issues and remember: these magazines are on display, it’s not a storage location.
Interesting object: You can personalize the decor by adding something that symbolizes you and your interests. Try anything that is eye-catching. A little antique jewellery box from Grandma, seashells that you picked up in you last beach holiday, antlers, driftwood…you get the idea.
When in doubt, always add fresh flowers! Adding flowers, succulents, or even herbs provide such a beautiful organic addition to the space. Whether it’s one large arrangement or multiple smaller ones, flowers never fail.