I seriously never tire of gazing at images of perfectly styled coffee tables. There are just so many ways to achieve a pleasing visual balance of books, pretties, trays and table space. There is less is more, and more is more, and more times fresh foliage divided by choice animal figurine more.
I’ve found styling a coffee table for someone else to be one of the trickier styling challenges. A coffee table gets used a heck of a lot more than your typical vignette like a bookshelf or a console table. If you go all out and don’t leave space for feet or the occasional plate, then you may be pretty but you’re not that practical. And that’s just not good style is it?
I suppose the key to lived-in-beauty is all about balance, balance, balance! My dad (and business partner) loves to say that form follows function. But I wonder… can’t they walk together in harmony?
What is your coffee table style? How much negative space (or the actual table) do you leave free?