Coffee Table Magic
I tend to stick to a formula (that I have just made up now for the purpose of this post!) when I style up a coffee table, in a home that I am taking to market.
T + F + B + 2P = CTM
Tray + Foliage + Books + a minimum of 2 Pretties = Coffee Table Magic!
TFBP – ‘Timeless Features Breed Perfection’!
1. A Tray
I always try to start with a tray, to group things together so that the table doesn’t look too messy. A tray provides the opportunity to bring together dissimilar items, to make them look more cohesive and collected. I use all shapes and textures in my trays …. rattan, wicker, battered metal or mirrored trays. I am always looking for trays that have pretty edges too, to mix things up a bit.
I like to add in something from nature – a leafy green plant or a vase of flowers …. providing varied texture and the opportunity to introduce some height into the coffee table vignette. Real foliage does tend to be a bit high maintenance for me as it does die between open homes! I tend to sneak in a good quality artificial piece when I can, if fresh foliage is not possible at the time. There is a time and a place to ’embrace faux’. If you don’t use a plant to add height to your vignette, you could add some height with a hurricane lamp or a beautiful pair of candlesticks or ginger jars.
Books, or a pile of glossy magazines, can also provide an opportunity to add some height to your coffee table vignette and provide a platform on which you can display a smaller decorative piece that means something special to you.
A few decorative pretties add in a bit of your personality … a piece of coral, a small bowl, candles, a teacup. I try to add at least 2 pretties to each of my coffee table vignettes to add more variety and some interesting shapes.
If the coffee table is largish, you can also add a bigger piece to balance it all out … a low dish/bowl or an urn filled with baubles or a collection of some sort.
Overall, I try to use uniform colours and a variety of textures and heights to make it interesting, often mixing shiny pieces with textured pieces … like mirrored trays with rattan and coral.
What do you think of my formula?
TFBP – ‘Timeless Features Breed Perfection’
Results in a high probability of ….
Coffee Table Magic!
Statistically significant results …. when it comes down to the outcome … a house sale!