A coffee table can make a great addition to your living room, acting as both an attractive feature and a functional piece of furniture.
That being said, it can be a challenge to get the balance right and you often end up with either a cluttered and unusable surface, or a beautiful display that cannot be touched.
Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that you get the best of both worlds and are able to enjoy your coffee table practically and aesthetically.
Keep reading to find out how!
Evaluate Your Coffee Table
Whether you are scouring the web for coffee tables that will complement your home, or if you already have one, before you start creating your display you need to look closely at your table:
• How big is it?
• What color is it?
• What kind of material is it made of?
• What kind of texture does it have?
All these elements will contribute to the type and number of items you will be able to display and you need to make sure that you consult these attributes every time you consider an article for your coffee table.
Aim for Balance
This is often the area where people experience difficulties. Itcan be challenging to know what items will look attractive on your table and which will also allow you enough space to rest your coffee cup or put your feet up.
As a rule, it is a good idea to avoid any items that are too big or tall as they risk overpowering the table or being continuously knocked over. On the other hand, you do not want to pick lots of small items as they will get lost amongst one another, risk looking cluttered and not add any benefit to your display.
Focus on Fluidity
This is a key element of any display. You need to make sure that the items you choose all complement each other and work together as a unit.
Avoid adding too many colors and try to focus on one particular theme, usually the same one that you have designed your room to.
Textures, however, can be experimented with to add depth but still need to fit into the overall theme.
Classic Items Will Always Work
If you are unsure about what to put on your coffee table, it is best to stick to traditional and classic items such as flowers, attractive books, a wooden box or a few decorative glass items.
Trays are also a good idea as they add an organizationalelement to your display and can be used to store small items that you extensively use such as a pair of glasses or the TV control.
If possible, add a personal item as this will not only bring you joy every time you see it, but will also make your display more unique.
What to Avoid
• Any items that only look good from one angle such as a photo frame
• Clashing colors