Without decorative accents, living room tables look plain and without a finishing touch just like a cake without frosting. Decorative elements for living room tables come in many different styles, colors, shapes, sizes, and materials to match any décor. You should only use accessories that have colors that complete the existing color scheme of the room and are in proportion to the size of the table.
Decorative Accents for Your Living Room Tables
1. Magazines and Books
Magazines and books are probably the cheapest way to accent your living room tables and add a warm, personal touch to any decorating style. 2 or 3 magazines placed strategically on a coffee table invite you to sit down and browse through the pages. If you want to add textural interest, you can place magazines in a decorative wicker.
Adding character to your space is as simple as adding a stack of a few hardcover books on an accent table. Remove the paper jackets then stack the books with the largest one at the bottom. You can even stack them at different angles to get an aesthetically appealing display. For additional visual interest, you can place a decorative vase, framed photograph on top of the stack of books.
You can elevate a short lamp easily using a set of hardcover books and give it additional visual weight. Set 5 to 6 hardcover books between decorative bookends on a console table or sofa if you wish to create a warm ambience.
2. Flowers and Plants
Flowers and plants can be effective in bringing some much needed life into your space. To add textural and color interest you can set a vase of fresh flowers on an accent table. Fresh flowers are a great way to incorporate seasonal décor in a living room.
A vase of colorful daffodils and tulips add a touch of spring on your living room tables while a pot of deep red poinsettias can provide a lovely holiday accent. Potted non-flowering plants such as cactus, ferns, philodendrons, and ivy are great for providing greenery indoor all year round.
When you are selecting indoor plants you should consider the amount of natural light the space receives.
3. Pottery and Art
You can add a personal touch to a tabletop by setting a piece of colorful artwork, framed photograph, on an end table, console, or sofa. Place a large photograph or picture on a decorative easel if your living room table is large to create a focal point. Group similar items in different colors or sizes to add an aesthetically appealing interest.
For example, you can arrange 5 pieces of glossy black pottery in varying heights at the center of a glass and chrome table. The center of the grouping is where you should place the tallest piece with the other surrounding it to achieve a contemporary, minimalist look.
4. Candles and Lamps
Candles and lamps provide decorative illumination to a living room tabletop. Position a favorite photo under the light to highlight it. Add some glitz to your living room table by adding a shiny lamp. Design a unique masterpiece by affixing bows, feathers, lace, tassels, ribbons, or other small decorative elements to your lampshade. Create a custom look for your plain white lampshade by adding stencils.
Candles and candle holders can provide decorative accents to your living room tabletops. Ceramic, metal, wooden, and glass candle holders are available in different sizes and styles to match any décor. Place 3 chunky white candles of different sizes atop a title mirror for extra sparkle.
The Bottom Line
Decorative elements have the power to transform the look of your living room tables and the room as a whole. Use the tips discussed here to decorate your living room tables.