Aside from seating, there are two essentials every living room needs: a rug and a coffee table. The perfect pair for any room, these two objects are not only functional, they also make your space complete. Playing with texture, color, and style, we've paired rugs and tables in a variety of combinations to help you kick up your feet and drink that "coffee" in style.
Admit it, you've been wanting that Pinterest-esque coffee table for some time now. We'll let you in on a little secret: it's rather simple, and all it takes are a few key pieces. Color is key, and accents that lend a personal touch will make it your own. Use this layout as your step-by-step guide or as inspiration to curate the items you already own. Here's how:
- First things first, begin with a base. Start the "layering" process with this brushed metal tray ($125) or one similar. Then, style it with small accessories like a gold artichoke ($170) and a scented candle ($60).
- Give your guests something to talk about! Coffee-table books that reflect your passions are a great place to start. The bright covers and content from books like The Flower Recipe Book ($25), Paris in Color ($20), and Living in a Modern Way ($60) have stunning images that turn a good read into actual decor.
- Add functional accents, too! Handmade agate coasters ($195) will protect your table, while an initialed matchbox (prices vary) and a candle snuffer ($38) lend a sophisticated touch.
- Lastly, complete the look with a bouquet of flowers. This arrangement ($250) is stunning, but you can keep it simple by grabbing an inexpensive bunch (around $7) from your local grocer or farmers market and adding them to your favorite vase.
A new offering from New York-based design firm KGB Limited, the Zaragosa coffee table is part of its inspired Spring 2012 line. This chic, substantial, American-made table mixes the classic look of Calacatta marble with gorgeous walnut wood, with the two materials meeting in box joint details on the tabletop.
When asked about the table, KGB Limited told us,"The Zaragosa coffee table is the product of a deepening appreciation of stone and its qualities, gained over the last few years. Several of our pieces utilize single, carved slabs of marble and we also do a lot of custom stonework. We agreed that for our next piece, we wanted to incorporate a second material to juxtapose against the marble. We loved the idea of wood joinery and decided to utilize modern CNC capabilities and laser cutting to create something that we hadn’t seen before: a stone/wood joint."
Have some time on your hands this weekend? Spend it with some projects that will save you money and add beauty to your home or next party. I've found some fun ones this weekend, from a CB2-inspired shelf to a beautiful addition to an outdoor wedding reception, plus much more. Take a look!
The lovely Sabrina from Retail Therapy had a new sofa delivered this week. She and her hubby love their new furniture piece but are in need of a new coffee table to match the sofa's cool lines. Sabrina shares, "I was thinking of the Room and Board Gibson Coffee Table in walnut, but just can't justify $1,000 for a coffee table."
The Gibson, pictured here, rocks a retro, midcentury modern vibe with its curvy outline. It features a spacious tabletop, which satisfies one other requirement Sabrina had: that the coffee table can fit a board game.
I've rounded up a few choices for Sabrina. Check them out when you read more
I recently bought a coffee table for the living room that I am working on. Here's the before photo of my newly acquired table. I know the base is gold, really gold! I bought the piece because it was different than anything I'd seen before — in a world of mass produced furniture, that's a win. I also love marble so I thought I could work some magic on the piece. I have plans to buy the Clairemont Sofa Table from Crate and Barrel, and it is antique bronze so I painted my coffee table antique bronze to bring the two pieces together.
In my living room, the roommates and I keep the coffee table pretty scarce and use the side tables for storing necessities such as magazines, remotes, flowers, and drink coasters. This way it's free of clutter when we need it as a foot rest, impromptu dining table, or for party snacks and drinks when we have guests over. While I like the practicality of its decor-less state, we could probably dress it up just a smidgen without losing its versatility. If you, too, are looking for inspiration and tips on how to top your coffee table, click through my slideshow.
My mother just moved and was kind enough to fill my sister's NYC apartment with all of her unwanted furniture. An antique trunk that was formerly used as a side table now has a new career as a coffee table in the diminutive two-bedroom. Better yet, it doubles as storage for throws and other odds and ends! My grandmother gave each of her daughters an antique trunk when they left for college, so this one in particular has sentimental value. But regardless of their history, a wood trunk is a timeless purchase that's extremely versatile. So if you come across one that you love, particularly an antique, I highly suggest you scoop it up! There are plenty of beautiful new ones on the market, too. Here are a few of my favorites.
Photo by Jonas Gustavsson
I'm mad for this living room belonging to NYC psychiatrist and socialite Samantha Boardman, which was recently featured on Vogue.com. From the splatter-paint pattern rug to the oversize Cy Twombly painting to the blow-up dog sculpture by Jeff Koons, the room itself is also mad. But the pièce de résistance of the room, in my opinion, is the expansive circular sofa that anchors the room. I haven't a clue where to find a sectional like this, and in fear of its price tag, I wouldn't want to know. But a girl like me can afford a cool, circular coffee table like Boardman's — if only that. I've rounded up a few of my favorite round, contemporary tables. One day, when I strike gold, maybe I'll swoop up a luxe velvet sofa to surround it.
If I could have fresh flowers on every table in my home day in and day out, I would. But my budget usually only permits one or two bouquets at a time. That said, I have an instinct to set my lone vase on a high table like a console table or a dining table where my precious petals are nearly at eye level. It doesn't even cross my mind to set them on my coffee table. How about you? Do you put fresh flowers on your coffee table? Or are they reserved for another spot in your home?