by Blake Herzog
When was the last time you really noticed your coffee table? If you can’t remember exactly what’s there it’s time to think about switching it up a little — or a lot! It may be buried under books, magazines and mail or completely bare, but whatever its status it’s not adding anything to the room at this point. Here are some ways you can make it the vibrant focal point it should be.
GO WITH GREEN
A fresh vase of flowers is beautiful on a coffee table until it’s not so-fresh and you’re scrambling to replace it. A houseplant is a more sustainable and dependable choice, with plenty of low-fuss options if you don’t have a good track record with these charming little beasts. If only a faux plant will work, find a good one that will keep ‘em guessing!
This is the best method of corralling remotes, controllers, keys and other important accessories; baskets collect too much dust and invite you to pile on too much making little actually findable.
Pick a tray to set or match the tone of the surrounding décor, whether it’s glam, rustic, vintage or eclectic.
FIGURE SOMETHING OUT
An eye-catching statue or art object is more effective than nearly anything else at anchoring your table at the center of the room. Look for figures that are tall or upward-facing enough to engage everyone sitting around the table.
DON’T COAST ON COASTERS
These are pretty much a requirement if you’re planning to actually have coffee at your coffee table, so take this chance to find some as decorative as they are functional like repurposed LP or 45 labels, puzzle pieces or racked coasters that form a cute animal figure.
HAVE FUN ON THE SIDE
If you need to leave space for a laptop, board games or other anticipated frequent uses try sliding all your knickknacks over to one end of the table. This will give it a slightly edgy, off-center appeal even when the other side is empty.