When decorating a room, there are numerous categories of artwork and accessories, one of which is items for tabletops and other surfaces. Do not confuse tabletop decorations with wall unit accents - wall units are for showing off collections or things that you want showcased in a room, such as books, figurines, and wood picture frames, while tabletop accessories require more consideration depending upon the function of the table that they're on. While you need to work to produce balance in the room and on your table with the accessories, if you aren't able to use the table for what it's meant for then this defeats the purpose.
Coffee Table Decorating
When you walk into a living room or family room which has a coffee table, the eye always naturally gravitates to the coffee table first, so it is important to make it look great. In addition, it is especially likely to be noticed since it is generally in the center of the room. People often don't know what they're doing and so they accessorize their coffee table all wrong. Here are a few helpful guidelines:
The coffee table's accessories should be at least three different heights, and the greatest height will actually depend on your ceiling height. If your ceiling is twelve feet or higher, the tallest accent should be between thirty and forty-two inches high. On the other hand, your tallest decoration should be more like eighteen to twenty-four inches tall if your ceilings are only ten feet or so. Tall flower arrangements work well in rooms with high ceilings. A few more ideas for tall things to place on a coffee table include sculptures, an urn, or maybe some candlesticks.
The item that will supply the medium height (which ought to be roughly four to eight inches in height), might be a couple of books stacked on each other, a neat looking bowl, a small wood chest, or perhaps a few simple double picture frames. Remember this: if you're going to place a picture frame on top of a coffee table, it ought to be the kind that can easily hold a picture on each side, so that none of your guests are ever looking at the back side of a frame.
Low items may include such things as plates, trays, small sculptures - items below three inches in height.
Something that you should never forget is that you should always do everything in odd numbers. If the coffee table is pretty normal in size, you should be fine selecting three or maybe five accessories.
Dinner Table Accessorizing
A dining room table, no matter what size it is, really should be accessorized, even if it's with only one item. Dining area tables are one of the easiest tabletops to accessorize. A big wooden bowl full of fruit is quaint; an elegant floral arrangement can be lavish. If you stick with just one item for embellishing your table with, then a good size would be roughly 1 fourth of the length or perhaps the width of the table. The style, measurements, and shape that your table has will determine what you choose to decorate it with.
There are many things you could embellish the dining room table with, from dishes, to flowers, to plates, to other containers. Place things of varying colors and dimensions in the container- this will bring variety and texture to your table. Things you could use include flowers, nuts in their shells, fruits (apples and oranges work well), gems, stones, shells, wrapped candies, and dried things such as flowers or fruit or foliage or potpourri.
Finally, Some DOs and DON'Ts
â€¢ Verify that all of the objects you're using match nicely with each other.
â€¢ Mix and match textures; don't be shy with combining wood, glass, and metal objects.
â€¢ Customize your table with accents that have sentimental worth or tell a great story.
Be sure at least one of your decorations has color, like flowers.
â€¢ Do not set up your items with one at each and every corner of the tabletop.
â€¢ Don't place the objects in a straight line, either.
â€¢ Your table should not be overly messy with an excessive amount of objects.
â€¢ Don't place a tall accessory on the table in a place where it would obstruct the view of a visitor seated there.
So follow these tips, and you are sure to get wonderful complements from everyone who visits your home. They will all be curious to find out how you made your home look so nice!
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