An essential piece of furniture; your coffee table, side table, or nest of tables are an excellent focal point for any room in your home.
Always on the lookout to create extraordinary interiors, this got us thinking - how do you take an essential piece of furniture and turn it into something show-stopping?!
The secret... Combine a beautiful piece of furniture with something unusual, humorous or vintage, et Viola - a 'style spot' has been created! Creating your tabletop style spot is great fun and you can easily complete it in an afternoon. So to help you style a coffee table in your own home we have come up with our top 10 ideas and tips that are also great if you are renting and want to add personality and make an impact in your home.
So, let's get started - Read on to discover our top 10 tips.
Building from the ground up
Whether you have space for a smaller side table or large coffee table, make sure you pick the right table for the space you have. If you are feeling really adventurous opt for a slightly unusual design such as a geometrical shape or something with a quirky design. We love this Vintage Inspired Swan Coffee Table which instantly creates a talking point. Alternatively, you can take something simple and beautiful, such as a marble coffee table and transform it into a style spot by dressing it with exciting accessories.
Which leads us on nicely to Tip number 2 which is all about styling and placement...
Play around with heights
Play with heights and layers to transform your style spot into a real showstopper. Using books as your base and then layering your favourite treasures on top is a super easy way to start things off. Vary the dimensions and scale with different sized candles and candlesticks... It really is quite extraordinary how this can transform your coffee table into an eye-catching extravaganza so do give this a try.
RSG Top Tip: Instead of putting the tallest items in the centre of the table, why not create an asymmetrical display and build the heights at one end of the coffee table. This looks particularly good if you have a large coffee table and don't want to fill the entire table.
Now onto a detailed look at the items you might choose to display...
Add Some Personality
In our opinion, humour and wit is a style spot essential. Having a quirky item displayed, such as a face vase or gold peace hand ornament, has a transformative effect and most importantly it puts your unique stamp on your home interiors. This is a fabulous way to express yourself in your interiors... The wilder the better.
RSG Top Tip: Odd numbers is a style secret that we swear by. Instead of sticking to symmetrical designs go for things in three - trust us, it's a great way of creating structure and distinguishing your favourite items.
Another interior styling secret is up next...
Adding Texture to the Table
Add texture and different materials to create something that is more visually interesting. By layering tablecloths or perhaps a textural ornament, such faux coral, you can create a tabletop display that is totally instagram-able. We love this beautiful antique style floral display tray and would layer up with candlesticks, scented candles, and votives for a luxe display.
RSG Top Tip: Why not station a statement chair next to your style spot? It's texturally pleasing as the materials combine to create a beautiful style spot. Try the Boho Woven Armchair.
Now, a little word about colour...
Adding Pops of Colour
Some of the best examples of coffee table style spots are ones that cleverly incorporate colour. Whether you go for a colour pallet for the whole table or choose just a pop of colour, this will make your table styling all the more striking. At the moment we are a bit obsessed with Mustard Yellow (or depending on what you like to call this gorgeous glowing tone; Ochre, Saffron, Amber, or Turmeric), so we have opted for a glorious glass Amber vase and Gold geometric pot, with a textured urchin pot, making use of tip 4! The mix of greenery (see tip 6, below!) and gold really balance out this look.
Alternatively: You can stick to one hue. Take it from us, a black side table with black accessories and candlesticks is a super sleek and sexy look. The fabulous Sally Faye wrote a whole book on the beauty of All Black Everything so it's an ideal solution for the colour-phobes out there.
So, you've applied all of our tips so far - something still missing? Well yes, now we need to add some vitality to the mix...
Are you Faux Real?
We know we harp on about this a lot, but adding greenery is so transformative in the home and can quite literally breathe life into your interiors. You can keep it low maintenance by opting for one faux plant sat amongst your other treasures, but we think a better option would be to go all out and immerse your side tables with an abundance of green plants (faux or real) and fabulous trailing ivy.
RSG Top Tip: Sit a tall floor plant next to your coffee or side table display to create an epic high and low scale ...a total 'wowzer' in our opinion!
Talking of wowzers - let us move on to tip 7.
Create a mini-bar
We had to include something booze-related, didn't we!
We love a bar cart display, but if you're looking for an alternative to a drinks trolley why not create a mini-bar on your coffee table?! A marble tray would be perfect for this and will instantly add structure and symmetry to your interiors. NB: this might work best in child-free homes! What's more, this will help you to avoid creating a 'cluttered' style spot, by zoning of your smaller treasures into organised 'groups'.
If your side table is a little smaller like the Antiqued Mirror Side Table, then you could even create an entire mini bar from your side table. We think the key here is to choose a side table in an interesting shape and colour that will easily draw the eye. Then collect your most beautiful barware to display. Anything that is not lovely or detracts from the style spot should be hidden away.
RSG Top Tip: Side tables with two layers or that have glass 'shelves' are brilliant choices for small spaces and rooms as they create the illusion of space.
Next up, we're getting sentimental...
Add sentimental treasures and trinkets.
Treasures and Memories are a style spot must. Photos, art pieces, shells collected from the beach, your children's art project... The pieces that have a sentimental value to you should be on display. For us, it's like having a life-sized memory box and so take the time to select and refine the items that are most important to you. We've written a whole blog post on curating and displaying the items that mean the most to you called The Art of Display.
Our penultimate tip will have you glowing...
Don't forget to illuminate your style spot.
There are so many options when it comes to lighting - Accented light, candlelight, table lamps, chandeliers... Whatever you decide to do make sure you illuminate your style spot. Style spot or not, lighting is absolutely key to styling your space. It is the finishing touch that can make or break your home interiors. Lighting has a real effect on the atmosphere and your mood in the home. So take time to consider how you are going to light your style spot. (Find out what other aspects of your interiors can affect your mood, here).
Our preference has got to be low lighting. Install a dimmer switch or use candlelight and create a chilled and sultry style spot. Perhaps dot the candlesticks around the table or use accent lighting to highlight your style spot.
And here we are, you've made it through to our final top tip...
TWO tables are better than one...
For our final tip, we're bringing it back to the base. But this time, we want to talk more about making your style spot more usable but without compromising on style. Your accessories are not the only thing that can transform your coffee or side table into a trendy style spot. Nesting tables offer more flexibility as having more than one surface makes all your hard work both functional and beautiful. We live by the motto that everything in your home should be beautiful - even the useful stuff. So, opt for a table with an interesting design or shape to make it stand out from the crowd. The set of 2 circular brass & glass coffee tables is one of our best sellers for this exact reason.
We hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to seeing your coffee table style spots on Facebook and Instagram - use our hashtag #rockettstgeorge to share yours!
Want to see more? Check out our Table Top Tips - Styling Pinterest Board for inspiration.