Thursday, August 9, 2012

WINTOUR&GUINNESS GOES ALL NATE BERKUS AND TALKS COFFEE TABLE DESIGNS

I love coffee table books. I like candles. I even like little boxes to shove all that crap that accumulates on your coffee table. Coffee tables are usually a big focus of any living area and mine is no different. Here are a few tips I come across that can make your coffee table stand out for all the right reasons. 

Books, flowers, and a decorative object are the usual pieces you'll find on a coffee table. Feel free to use them. It's hard to go wrong with the classics like a big Jo Malone candle or a stack of monthly magazines.

A big bowl full of flowers is great for a coffee table. Place it off-center and then balance it on the other side with a stack of three or five books (use odd numbers when grouping like-items together because it's more pleasing to the eye) and a decorative piece (a little sculpture, box, or other objects such as a lovely Diptyque, True Grace, Palm Beach or Jo Malone candle).

You can also use books as pedestals. If you have an item you want to display but it feels too small place it atop a stack of boxes. It adds height, and it the object is sculptural it will be a nice contrast with the streamlined books. I do so usually with a candle or bowls.

It's always nice to have a mix of items. Look at objects for their shape, size, color and texture and try to find a pleasing mix. For visual interest pair curved items with straight, shiny with dull, textured with smooth, and hard with soft (but don't forget that they still need to relate to each other!).

Try to include at least one really interesting or unusual item. This can be a favorite statue, vase, decorative box, or even a clear bowl filled with something like seashell, pinecones, or nuts (seasonal items are always great).

Use a tray to corral smaller items. Trays are great because they add organization and focus. Try to avoid using things that don't look good from all angles (such as a picture frame). Think about including a small decorative box to store remotes. It will look good and everyone will always know where to find them.

Consider the style of the room. The objects should enhance the d├ęcor, not stand out like a sore thumb.

Whatever you do, don't overcrowd the table. It still needs to be functional so there should be enough room to set down drinks, put up feet, or serve whatever purpose your household needs.

Remember that displays are meant to enhance to look of a place.  

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