By Babette Lesauvage. Coffee Table. Published at Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 - 03:39:42 AM.
Rectangular coffee tables in particular can be styled with beautiful symmetry using a repetition of objects that runs lengthwise. Look for a commonality among the objects used, such as shape or color, so that no one object competes with another.
If you don’t want the coffee table to be the focus of the room, choose one with a glass top and a finish that blends with others in the room, as in this example. This will keep the eye interested in all the items in the room, not just one layer of the design.
The standard height of the piece runs between 40cm and 45cm. It should be at the same height as the cushions of your sofa. You can opt for a taller table if it has extra padding. The goal is that you should place your food or drinks down on the table rather than up and over. Take into account any extra height of a lip on the edge of the table too.
As with any vignette, variety helps to create interest, and styling the coffee table is no exception! A grouping of items with varying heights, textures, and shapes creates a beautiful display. Try using something tall (like a vase of flowers), something short (a small sculpture or stack of books), something hard (like glass or ceramic), and something soft (plants, flowers, or another organic material). When grouped together, the items take on a somewhat organic and undefined shape.
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