This is my coffee table in the living room. Excuse the mess but I"m in the process of cleaning up from Christmas. I usually have just this read bowl/platter with the wicker balls or seashells or something. I'm really tired of this look but can't seem to come up with something else. All the things I see that look good on a rectangular table don't look as good for a square one.
Does anyone have any good, very simple decor ideas for this table?
Since your table exposes the items below, it is best to keep the top predominately clear or even void of items and focus rather on the objects on the lower shelf. A pretty coffee table book, a decorative box in an eye catching color or finish and perhaps a small plant are objects you might display below. On top, simply place a stack of coasters. Treat it, in other words, as a shadow box. Change out the items below to evoke the seasons, but opt for scale, color and balance so that the overall vignette does not appear cluttered and is appropriate for the tables' size and visual weight. BTW, one or more objects should be round or curvy to break up the boxy shape of the table.
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I second a low vine plant either on the bottom or the top...preferably the top. The little wicker basket you have under the table and the plate with balls in it could both be put on the bottom of your table if the plant were on top.
I agree with the idea of some fabric. You could use 3 pillar candles of varying heights, a pretty basket/box for remotes, a small stack of books. Or it could be like my house...3 computers and 4 phones...
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We have a glass top square table as well -- I don't like to clutter it up too much (so when we have guests we have room for trays of wine glasses and appetizers) -- I have a low blue and white transfer ware bowl filled with potpourri and two barley twist candlesticks. I like it simple -- and sometimes I feel the candlesticks are too much! A low plant in a nice low planter would be a good centerpiece ss well.
don't cover that with fabric! I agree with keeping the bottom half decorative...I mean, who the h$ll can keep the top of a coffee table decorated? I'd put some old books and old wooden boxes. Lohhrd, no strung out dusty ivy plants please.
Posts: 5713 | Location: Michiana | Registered: Mar 24, 2004
Came back to say that at the Flea today I saw a small square glass top that had been painted a dusty blue and boy was it pretty. Not shabby chic, but sort of upstyled distressed paint finish (table itself was not distressed). Shadow box style as mentioned above. Wish I had snapped a photo for you and will do so if I get back there before the darling thing sells.
I grabbed these photos off of Pinterest Forensicmom1. The one photo shows how you can mentally divide the square into 4 sections. Place something in each section. That is one very simple way to handle the situation.
Thanks. I only had a few hours before company came, so I cleaned up the table and just used a small arrangement I had for the table top. I want to get a nice, small houseplant (real, not silk) for the top.
I liked the idea of a shadow box look instead of a whole lot on top.