You may find yourself with an end table and not be quite sure how to decorate it aside from using it to display the month’s newest Readers Digest or TV Guide. Rest easy! Eye-catching end table-scapes are easy to create, budget friendly, and can really get your creative juices flowing.
Here is the first step to achieving a wonderfully styled end table:
Use it for living room necessities.
At the end of the day, a living room end table doesn’t have to be solely for decoration. Use it to hold things that you actually use on a regular basis. Lamps are great to house on end tables, and are necessities in most households. To step it up a notch, use a decorative statement lamp to add a flare of personal style to your end table.
If you read books frequently and like to keep them out in the open, create a stack on your end table, or use drawer space to hide away television and stereo remotes when you’re finished with them.
After you’ve determined the necessary things you need or want on your end table, you can begin adding your purely decorative accents.
Here are five things to keep in mind to achieve a beautifully decorated end table:
1. Obey the Rule of Three
The Rule of Three is used in a number of different design aspects, from architecture to photography – so why wouldn’t it warrant well in interior decorating? This idea is incredibly easy to utilize, and you can use a number of different objects, lamps, vases, bowls, plants, etc., when implementing it. You don’t have to use three of the same object (though you could), and varying up the height, colors, and textures of your decorative objects adds interesting dimension.
2. Bring in nature
Having natural elements on your end tables makes your living room feel cozier, relaxing, and more inviting. Potted plants and vases of flowers are great accents. If your Green Thumb isn’t so green or you frequently travel, there are a number of incredibly realistic faux plants on the market you could use to add a little life to your setup.
3. Display personal belongings
Use your end tables to show off who you are and your personal tastes. If you collect something interesting, create a display inside of a glass-enclosed end table, or offer a small sampling on shelving. Living room end tables are also a great place to show off photographs of loved ones and family members, and ensure those you care about always surround you.
4. Use trays and dividers
Decorative trays or dividers can be used to hold objects and add dimension to your end table. Inexpensive trays can be found at department stores, garage sales, and flea markets and require little TLC to look like something out of a catalog. Sometimes all that’s needed is a coat of paint, which can tie the entire room together if you use paint already in your color scheme.
Using trays also makes for easy cleaning when dusting, since all you have to do is lift the tray and all of its contents out of the way and put it right back – without disturbing your arrangement.
5. Symmetry is key
Keeping the furniture and decor in your living room symmetrical pleases the eye. Even if you don’t have the exact same set up replicated on your other table, as long as you use the same number of objects in a similar pattern it will appear symmetrical.
Try using two end tables to offset large living room furniture pieces, like couches, chairs, or bookshelves. The two tables will help weigh down the large statement piece, and the similar décor will tie the area together.
Now that you’ve gotten some ideas for styling your living room end tables, it’s important to keep in mind that they are in fact YOUR tables. Decorate them in a way that pleases you and works best with your lifestyle, and you’ll be sure to enjoy them for years to come.
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