CHOOSE A STATEMENT TABLE
If your table makes a statement on its own, whatever you place on top of it is just a bonus! Inside a PR maven’s New York City home, the coffee table and floor lamp are by . On top you’ll find an array stylish books, fresh flowers, and chic trinkets.
TRY MORE THAN ONE TABLE
The sleek living room of a Manhattan apartment designed by has two separate sitting areas and tables of various sizes throughout. The glass cocktail table by is filled with feathers, the round side table is by , the lamp on it is by and the custom rug is by .
ACCENT WITH STOOLS
In the living room of a weekend home in Bridgehampton, New York, designed by , the cocktail table is by and is topped with several vases and trays. The petite Thebes-style caned stools that accompany it are vintage.
SWAP FOR A SIDE TABLE
This country house in southeastern Uruguay, which was built on the remains of an 1810 roadside general store, defies all design conventions. In the living room, they’ve even opted for a vintage side table from France instead of a coffee table. A single vase full of wildflowers draws the eye inside the stylishly stark room.
STAGGER SMALL ROUND COFFEE TABLES
Don’t stop at one (or two) tiny coffee tables. Stagger three tables throughout your living room and choose a different accent for each — say, a book, a candle and a plant. This look worked well in Ellen Pompeo’s Hollywood Hills home.
TOP AN OTTOMAN WITH A TRAY
Give your ottoman a makeover by styling a tray on top of it, creating the perfect place to display flowers, candles, and books, like in this Greenwich Village penthouse.
DON’T FORGET FLOWERS
Adorn your glass coffee table with fresh flowers for instant styling. Add a few stacks of books and personal objects for an eclectic touch, like in this upstate New York home. Fin!
If your coffee table is tiny in size, like the one in this São Paulo duplex, all it needs is one of your favorite artisan bowls or plates to elevate it — especially if the rest of the room boasts maximalist decor.
Stack books on your cocktail table as a foundation for your collection of eclectic knickknacks. In an apartment on New York City’s Sutton Place, trinkets and miniature sculptures give the living room a chic but eclectic vibe.
In the New York living room of hotelier Ian Schrager‘s apartment, two long tables divide the couches. The visual illusion itself is the decorative piece — simple and effective.
In the living room of antiques dealer John Pope’s Charleston, South Carolina apartment, the statement red cocktail table was found at auction. It is topped with meticulously stacked sets of books and a sprinkling of trinkets that ensure the colorful table is still visible.
In Ibiza, this living room is outfitted with a mirrored 1980s coffee table. The ceramic tiles reflect off the centerpiece creating a psychedelic effect.
The cocktail table in a Charleston, South Carolina sitting room was made out of a floor grate from the owner’s great-grandparents’ Missouri home.
The coffee table in interior designer William McClure’s former Birmingham, Alabama living room is not only a perch or books, candles and flowers, but a stash spot for throw pillows, which are placed underneath.
In the game room of a Los Angles home, the coffee table is made from a circa-1880 slate slab and is the perfect height for playing board games.
In the living room of a Paris apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot, the black and white cocktail table by Hagit Pincovici is nod to the gray found throughout the rest of the room. To let the piece shine, tabletop accessories are limited to candlesticks and a decorative sculpture.
If you’re a fan of nautical decor, bring it to your coffee table design. This wicker table fits in perfectly with the coastal decor of the space.
In the living area of interior designer Kimille Taylor’s Upper West Side apartment, the center table is topped with a sparse selection of books and flowers (of course), allowing for the dazzling yellow table to shine for itself.
It’s a no-brainer that trays are an excellent way to stylishly organize a tabletop. In a rustic barn in Amagansett, NY, a wicker tray breaks up the coffee table, and can also be used to serve food and drinks when needed.
In an upstate New York house, the family room is anchored by a cocktail table by from . The table is decorated with dramatic sculptures in hues similar to the rest of the room’s neutral decor.
A low, natural coffee table adds charm to the living room of a Los Angles Farmhouse. As an alternative to flowers, the table is topped with a terracotta vase filled with lush greenery.
In a Manhattan home library, the Mattia Bonetti coffee table is custom-made. The unique table legseasily make it the focal point of the room without competing against the classic coffee table accoutrements like a vase full or orchids.
A two-tier coffee table offers even more room to show off your favorite accessories. Here, lacquered boxes and fresh flowersmatch the room’s warm orange-and-brown palette, enhancing the vibrancy of the stylish space.
The best way to balance out sleek lines and contemporary furnitureis by adding a few unique natural elements, from drift wood to greenery. “I don’t like to look around a house and not see touches from the outdoors,” interior designer Tamara Magelsays.
$1,575, Interlude Home Lestari Petrified Wood Side Tale, Houzz
$5,400, John Stuart Clingman for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs, 1stdibs
COMBINE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN STYLES
“A lot of people love the idea of really simple, modern living — it’s appealing, it’s nice and it seems serene,” says Erika Yeaman, a Homepolishdesigner and owner of YES Associates. “But the reality of maintaining that is a little tricker. Mixing Scandinavian design with bohemian stylewarms it up and makes it feel more homey and attainable.”
$499, Arturo 8-Light Rectangular Chandelier, Ballard Designs
It’s easy to gravitate toward the usual suspects like wood and leather when trying to craft a textured living space, but branch outside of your comfort zone. Emilie Munroe of Studio Munroerecommends drawing from your own personal style, especially the articles of clothing and patterns you’re attracted to.
CREATE A “BOUQUET” OF COLORS
Want to make a variety of bright colors cohesive? Think about how you would arrange a flower bouquet, as Sasha Bikoff did in this SoHo apartment. “The same can apply to a space, but you need to find a connection,” she says. “Here, that connection is the fabric on the dining room chairs, which showcases colors also found throughout the room.”
$695, Mid Century Dining Chair, Mod Shop
If Chip and Joanna Gaines have convinced you that your abode needs shiplap, you’re usually best off installing the boards horizontally rather than vertically. “It can really expand a space, making it feel larger than vertical boards can,” says Jason Arnold. “Horizontal boards also feel more contemporary.” Vertical boards, however, can be ideal for rooms with high ceilings.
$58, Shiplap Interior Siding, Home Depot
Sure, your eyes may want the most modern, chic couch in the showroom. But your back may not. “In my experience, it’s really better to test out seating and take the time to look at the dimensions,” says Sharon Blaustein. If you’re tall, for instance, you might want to opt for a depth of between 40 to 42 inches for a sofa (rather than the standard depth of 36 inches).
$4,319, Aidan 2-Piece Sectional Sofa, Crate & Barrel
This is not the time for e-shopping, people. “It’s just so hard to tell on a computer screen what the color really looks like,” Arnold says. “You might think it looks red, but in reality, it’s watermelon pink.” Not to mention the texture of the rug may be totally different than what you were expecting.
$225, Safavieh Adirondack Round Area Rug, Bed, Bath & Beyond
It’s exactly what Jenny Cipoletti, founder of founder of fashion, beauty and travel blog Margo & Me, did in her decidedly Parisian office (which is actually in West Hollywood). “Just like when you walk into a cafe in Paris, and you see all the details and the golds, silvers and light blush tones, all of these elements in this space really sing to me,” says Cipoletti. This lets you travel to your favorite destination without stepping outside.
Allow your space to continuously change — as your life does. “Remember that your home should always be evolving, just as you are,” says Kelly Framel, creative director, stylist and founder of online magazine The Glamourai. “I am constantly picking up new treasures on my travels. Your nest should always be a place of comfort and inspiration, and it’s a constant work in progress.”
Instead of hanging a painting on a bare wall, accent it with a rich, velvet curtain background. “Curtains just create a great, calming energy in which you feel very shrouded and comforted, making for a luxurious and restful environment,” says Framel. “And being able to put a really great pop of artwork in front of that textural colored backdrop has a lot of impact.”
$409, Inverted Pleat Drapes, The Shade Store
Make what’s old new again by invigorating antique pieceswith colorful fabric from the 21st century. Take, for example, the two 18th-century French bergère chairs here, upholstered in a hot pink Maharam fabric. “Maharam is a very modern, contemporary fabric company, with velvets that are really bright in color,” says Bikoff. “That color was such a pop of freshness and youthfulness on these old chairs.”
$4,750, 18th Century French Louis XVI Giltwood Bergère or Wingback Chair, 1stdibs
In Josh Groban’s “The Great Comet” dressing room, interior designer Mike Harrisonselected this constellation artwork as a clear focal point for the room. “I loved this piece for its dimensions and colors, but also as a tip of the hat to the ‘Comet’ influences that I know were of importance to Josh,” says Harrison. “I was searching for artwork that would tie together all of Josh’s design sensibilities.”
$35, Star Map Print, Etsy
Faux fur has quickly become a luxurious way to add a bit of depth and variety to a space. “When we use faux fur, we’re looking for some really luscious texture in the room,” says Erin Gates. “If you look at a space and everything is neat, tidy and clean, you want something that’s sumptuous and cozy. It’ll really elevate the space.”
$249, Oversized Faux Fur Throw, Williams-Sonoma
Just because your designer of choice lives in another city doesn’t mean you can’t work together. Services like Homepolish and Decorist, among others, make it easy to find decorators across the country, while Allison Harlow of Curio Design Studio uses Skype to work with clients virtually.
$3,058, Chestnut And Sahara Billiard Table, Abt
Rather than renovating your home all at once, Trip Haenischrecommends you buy two quality pieces you love every year. “Good things hold their value, and in ten years you will have a beautiful collection of twenty things,” Haenisch explains.
$3,874, French Récamier Style Daybed, 1stdibs
$558, Kassim Accent Chair, Soho Mod
If you’re on a budget, invest in the pieces that anchor a room. “It wouldn’t be a bedroom without a bed, it wouldn’t be a living room without a sofa, and it wouldn’t be a dining room without a dining table,” Thom Filicia advises.
$171, Faux Leather Black Crocodile Room Divider, Amazon
Meredith Mahoney, Founder and Design Director of Birch Lane, divides open plan apartments into separate areas by letting the furniture do the work for her. Think: A large, L-shaped sectional, area rugs that define spaces and seating that can move easily from one “zone” to another if company comes over.
$4,399, Perry Modular Sectional, Birch Lane
$286, Times Two Design Agate Thick Slab, Layla Grace
It’s so simple, you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of Emily Henderson‘s rule yourself: A large room should have large furniture, medium rooms should have medium-sized furniture and small rooms(you guessed it) should have more petite furniture. Scale the rest of the furniture to your sofa.
$639,, All Modern
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$2,295, Skylar Pony Hair Zebra Bench, Williams-Sonoma
$2,295, Skylar Pony Hair Zebra Bench, Williams-Sonoma
GO DARK IN DIM PLACES
Paint a room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light a saturated color. “Adding some pigment makes the space feel intentionally moody and romantic,” suggests Orlando Soria, west coast creative director of Homepolish.
$7, Blue Note, Benjamin Moore
When you’re painting a room, Joa Studholme of Farrow & Ball suggests you consider the direction of sunlight. Use bright colors in north-facing rooms, which tend to be darker, and create a warm glow in a west-facing room with pink or a red-based neutral. In south and east-facing rooms, opt for blue or white.
$288, Matte Velvet Curtain, Anthropologie
$20, Metal Retangular Vase, Wholesale Floral
$4,800, Brown Leather Chaise Lounge, 1stdibs
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your storage space. Joy Moyler likes to use ladders to display towels, as in this bathroom designed by Rebecca Ascher and Joshua Davis.
$129, Sawyer White Leaning Bookcase, Crate & Barrel
$111, Agdal Blue, Grey and Black Handmade MoroccanTile, Overstock
$600, 1200-Thread Count Cotton King White Down Comforter, Macy’s
Jessie Black‘s formula for creating an elegant bedroom? Wood, white and natural light. Drenched in sunlight, the warmth and patina of wood juxtaposed with the the fresh crispness of white paint and decor is a show-stopper.
$398, Washed Wood Nightstand, Anthropologie
$238, Home Linde Velvet Dining Chair, Hayneedle
If you’re setting furniture – like a dining table – in the middle of the room, your rug should be big enough so that all the furniture, including chairs, fits comfortably on top, according to Janice Simonsen, design spokesperson for IKEA U.S. In large living rooms, however, it’s OK to have just the front legs on the rug.
$11,700, Contemporary Flat Weave, ABC Carpet & Home
$1,079, Gold Chinoiserie Mirror, Ethan Allen
$135, Berry & Thread Large Hurricane, Bloomingdale’s
$16, Ultra Cover Metallic Gold General Purpose Paint, Home Depot
To make the most of a non-working fireplace, Sarah Gibson and Jacqueline Brown of Made For Tuesday suggest filling it with lots of pillar candles of varying sizes. For a more stylized look, add candle holders or bases, which add shape and height to the candle landscape.
$139, RichlandÂ Pillar Candles White Set of 30, Delivered Decor
$683, Hercules Regal Series Contemporary Leather Loveseat With Frame, Houzz
$250, Black Window Pane Andrea Mirror, World Market
J Randall Powers has a motto in his office: “If you look at it and you question it – put it away.”
$202, Bronze Coffee Cocktail Table With Tempered Glass,Houzz
$6, Unscented Pillar Candle, West Elm
When it comes to styling coffee tables, try Meredith Baer‘s formula: Start with something large in the middle, like a floral arrangement in an interesting pot, or a huge bowl filled with a collection. Then, build out from that with stacks of art books, candles, sculptures or pottery.
$50, Faux White Hydrangea Floral Arrangement, Pottery Barn
When creating a tablescape, Ron Wendt starts by choosing a linen. Then, he uses flowers or candles in a deeper or lighter hue to give the table a bold, completed look.
$105, “Symphony Gold” Dinner Plate, Bloomingdale’s
Instead of buying a formal china set, Alex Papachristidis creates an eclectic look by mixing and matching dishes.
$67, Hibiscus Teacup & Saucer, Bloomingdale’s
When Lili Hart buys upholstery, she always selects a neutral shade, then uses pillows and throws to add color and pattern to the room. Change them out according to the seasons – just like you would with your clothes.
$10, Velvet Cushion Cover, H&M
$50, Luna Grey Wallpaper, Graham & Brown
“If your neighbors are doing it, you probably shouldn’t,” says designer Summer Thornton. “You can use plenty of traditional pieces as the core, but always intentionally do something that throws it off just a bit!”
$1,099, Cerna Sofa, All Modern
For a layered look that combines fun and function, Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors and ELEVATE Design Collective adds a chunky knit throw or a soft Moroccan wedding blanket to a sofa or chair.
$128, Aldalora Throw Blanket, Anthropologie
$120, Barley Twist Drapery Rod,Neiman Marcus
$250, Radiance Silk Curtain, Neiman Marcus
Thomas Jayne chooses old carpets – which offer more interesting texture and a wider range of nuanced colors – over new ones.
$7,100, Vintage Kerman Rug, ABC Carpet & Home
$1,281, 10’x12′ Custom Carpet Area Rug, Houzz
If Achille Salvagni has any say, the ideal collection references different eras and styles. “The best interiors are a reflection of where you have come from and a signifier where you want to go,” he says.
$389, Branch Gold Lamp, Stephanie Chen Home
$82, Geometric 7 Gallery Wrapped Canvas, Houzz
$2,400, Arteriors Calvin Counter Stool, Houzz
$1,999, Hendrick Textured Copper SlipTub, Signature Hardware
$130, Skyline Furniture Linen Talc Nail Button Storage Ottoman, Overstock
Don’t mistake eclectic style for “anything goes.” Joybird recommends putting a cap on the number of contrasting styles in each room to avoid a cluttered feeling.
$60, Birney Round Grey Rattan Basket, Crate & Barrel
“If you hate the odor associated with paint, add a drop or two of vanilla extract to each gallon of paint,” Kristen Chuber, marketing manager of Paintzen explains. “This will bring a much more pleasant aroma to the room you’re painting.”
$26, Pure Vanilla Extract, Boxed
In a bedroom, opt for wall-to-wall carpet, which stops foot traffic from becoming a nuisance, Harry Heissmann of Albert Hadley Inc. advises. The only exception? Beach houses, where wood floors are fine.
$4,978, Icelandia Grey Hand Knotted Rug, Dash & Albert
For a looser, salon-style gallery wall that feels collected, designer Lauren Liess recommends starting at the center and moving outward. To keep the display from feeling haphazard, pick an overarching theme or color like the bedroom gallery wall Liess created here using pressed botanicals in a palette of black, white, and tan.
$39, Gallery Frame, West Elm
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