Thursday, March 21, 2013

How to style a table

The number one question I get from my client's is, "how in the hell do I style a table?" And yes, they say it just like that. I have rules and formulas if you will, when I style any sort of table. Number 1: The table must have levels. Some objects down low, a tall lamp up high, various sizes of like items. Make it choppy people. Make it dimensional. Number 2: Add a slew of color. Choose a focal point multicolored piece, such as art, and tie the rest of your accessories in with that item. Number 3: Always add some greenery. If you are like me and have a black thumb, stick with succulents. You will have a slightly harder time killing it. Don't kid yourself though. It can be done. Yes. I have killed a succulent. Number 4: Include books. Lots and lots of books. Number 5: Throw in one novelty item. What do I mean by novelty item? So glad you asked. Like a funky statue, an interesting trinket...something that draws the eye and interest there. Number 6: When in doubt, add a tray. It also goes along with my tip in adding levels, but I find it perfect for organizing the order of certain items. It looks clean and chic. 

Get the Look: Console Table/Lamp/Bowl/Succulent/Ginger Jar/Ginger jar/Tray/Foo Dog/Art

So what do we think? Do y'all have any special methods to your madness when you set out to get a table styled just right? Dish. Love you. Mean it. XOXO

19 comments:

  1. Great post. I am always tweaking my tables. Never happy and always rearranging them looking for that perfect balance. Always love stacks of books:)

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  2. Good tips! I change my coffee table around probably once a week. I find it entertaining, but then again, I'm weird. :)

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  3. I agree - levels give so much interest to a table scape! Love all the stacked books!

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  4. Ha ... I am with Elizabeth ... I am constantly shifting my tablescapes. That makes it fun and I can bring in new things to make me smile. Thus ending up with quite a mishmash of styles and things and interest!! I just keep telling people ... keep it personal!! xo

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  5. If it is a coffee table I like to divide it up into 4 parts. I think it makes it look less cluttery and more organized.

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  6. fab rules Lady! I killed a cactus once... Like you say it can be done!

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  7. Ok, I thought I was a plant killer, but how do ya kill a succulent? Lord help ya!
    Great, great tips. High and low levels are key and ditto on the personal item/trinket. I think this should go viral since many homeowners and even designers, get stumped by the table styling.

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  8. I love this!! That is all. LOL

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  9. It's these seemingly small things that actually make ALL the difference! V. appreciative of the tutelage. With my "brown" thumb affliction, I use a lot of seashells & coral to bring nature and texture in.

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  10. I am constantly arranging and rearranging items from one place in my home to another place in my home. You just have to play with the table until it looks just right! I like your comments about making it choppy. Good call. You know what is up with the what ups!

    xx
    Holly Foxen Wells
    GlamourMash

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  11. Love your picks and your tips :) That Bungalow5 console is gorgeous. I pretty much follow a similar recipe... I'm still debating whether I prefer symmetrical lamps or just one. I think it depends on the size of the table!

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  12. love this post! styling a table seems so easy- but every time i try to make my coffee table look all chic i feel like it just gets super cluttered! love this!

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  13. It is far easier to send you a photo and ask for your help :)

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  14. Levels and greenery for sure! I also love your tip about the focal point such as art -- makes styling SO much easier.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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  15. Thank you for this!! I feel like an idiot bc I have no clue how to style a freaking table!!!!! Like I literally pin pictures of styled tables and try to copy and I seriously am disabled!!! xoxo

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  16. Love how you broke this down piece-by-piece, Lindsay! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. This is perfect...styling tables, bookshelves or vignettes is one of my favorites and you nailed it!!! Ummm and that rosewood console is amazing!!! Pure perfection!

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  18. Great post..Thanks for sharing these stylish tips
    kiddicare

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