I think side and accent tables can be tricky to decorate. We want our horizontal surfaces to be interesting and attractive as well as functional. And for people like me, who LOVE to embellish everything, maintaining a balance between beauty, function and knowing when enough is enough is a big challenge. I can not stress enough how important the art of the understated table is! Not every table can be a diva! Too many of them in one room is not a good thing! Here are 5 tips for mastering the art of the understated side table!
Because this is not a “flashy” post don’t think it’s not important! Learning the art of understated decor is a must! Let’s learn how to be a pro at decorating our homes!!!!
Most of us have more than one table in our living spaces. So we must be careful and intentional when decorating them so they all work together. Again, think of Divas! Not every surface in a room should be decorated or your room will take on a cluttered look.
Today, I’m sharing a table in the family room next to my chair. This table gets used alot! I like keeping it understated so I can put drinks, the remote, and even my computer on it.
I usually think of my coffee table as a the star of my family room and the other tables having a supporting role.
Here are 5 easy-to-do tips for creating an artful and understated table.
1. EVERY DETAIL COUNTS
Even though there are not a lot of elements placed on an understated table, EVERYTHING put on the table is thought out carefully! They must work together on the table and with the room! The understated side table needs to be intentional, functional and beautiful!
A trio of well chosen and simple items can have its own WOW factor style!
It’s a good idea not to get too crazy with colors when understatement is your goal. Did you notice that the lamp is glass and the shade is the same color (or close to it) as the woven mat and curtains? A tight color palette is one way to achieve a very cohesive and pleasing look!
2. LAMPS GO VERTICAL
Vertical not as opposed to horizontal, but vertical as … choose a taller than wider lamp if your table is not huge. I think a tallish lamp looks gorgeous and gives height and “weight” to a table. I just bought this lamp because this table needed to have some height and I wanted the base to be sorta invisible. Even thought the base of the lamp is slender the burlap lampshade is not. I love that the lampshade make a canopy of sorts and keeps the elements on the table under it.
3. VARY HEIGHTS
As in most vignettes it’s very important that all the elements on the table are different heights. You may not realize it, but when things are varied in height your eye moves around from one thing to the next.. making your eyes very happy! And happy eyes tell your brain what they are looking at is pleasing!
4. USE ORGANICS
When going understated a little plant or a vase of flowers is a perfect thing to put on a side table! This is also where you can add a tiny pop of color! Living things brighten up a space! I intentionally chose an ironstone pitcher (which works with my farmhouse decor) for some bright orange grocery store tulips. Simple, deliberate and pretty!
Here is what will go in their place when the tulips fade. I tend to like what I call “fluffy” plants.
5. USE DIFFERENT TEXTURES
If you are not using a wide variety of color on your side table, opt for lots of texture. Bumpy, soft, fluffy, shiny, smooth… you get the idea. Your eye will see those textures and see lots of interest. Lots of the same texture is boring!
My round side table vignette has a woven mat, a galvanized pot, a fluffy plant, a smooth lamp base, a scratchy lampshade and multi textured coasters. Lots of texture going on!
Now, let’s look at the tables in our rooms. Choose one to be the star and the rest to be the supporting cast! Play with combinations and pieces until you have vignettes that are pleasing to your eyes! Don’t you love having a fresh new look that works with the whole room.
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