How to Design a Coffee Table in 3 Easy Steps

Your coffee table is the centre of the most sociable room of your house, so you shouldn’t ignore the opportunity to spruce it up a little, says ApartmentTherapy. Designing your coffee table is fantastic for adding ambience, character and a bit of familial warmth to your living space. This piece is easily forgotten due to its high functionality, but with the right accessories it can actually transform an entire room! If you want to flex your design muscles and add some life to your coffee table, you’ve come to just the right spot! Here’s how to design a coffee table in just three easy steps…

Step One: Establish The Scene

Lay your visual groundwork by placing down your biggest, primary shaped items. This can be anything you like, a stack of books, a flat lay, an artistic table mat, even an earthy hessian table runner would look great. A square or rectangle shape is best here, this segments up the table in a visually pleasing way and sets the scene for a few more interesting objects, colours and shapes. A coffee table favourite is definitely a stack of photography books or poetry, these add a cultural touch and add some unique personality to the room.

Step Two: Add Some Height

Once you’ve placed your first few items, its time to add some height. Adding different layers of height brings dimension and texture to both your coffee table and the room as a whole. This can take any form that you like! Select a few different, eclectic candle holders, a plant or some decorative vases to house a few flowers. If you’re looking for vintage vibe, why not repurpose some old glass bottles? You can add a single stem flower or leaf for an artistic touch to a charming minimal space.

Step Three: Introduce Your Statement Shapes

Once you’ve completed step one and step two, you can add a little creative spirit to your coffee table. This is all about the overall theme of your home, if you love colour, why not add a statement pop to your lounge? You could add an eye-catching sculpture to bring some interest. This is great if you have a smaller living space, as it draws the eye to the centre of the room and creates the illusion of extra.

Don’t forget to secure yourself a few coffee table essentials like coasters! These can create more of an impact than you think so choose wisely! If you’re a complete minimalist go for block toned neutrals, if you love contemporary spaces opt for marble effect coasters! The little details really are what make a difference, so paying attention to the smaller add ons will pay off big time, promise!

By embellishing your coffee table you’re enhancing a room that’s characterised by its warmth and homeliness. You’ll have a room that’s functional and stylish too, the very best of both worlds. If you have an open plan living space, you’ll have to take all the colours in your kitchen, dining space and lounge. Try to incorporate tones from each area, or if you’re not up to the task, you could always opt for an all neutral scene. Choose sandy tones, whites and dove greys to put together a perfectly complementary table. This styling doesn’t have to be specific to your coffee table either, you could always use the three steps to design your tallboys, sideboards and buffets.

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