You can save money by buying a small bouquet of flowers for a vase on a table, then enhancing it with a few leaves from your bushes and trees to add depth. Instead of books, display colorful city guides, even ones you pick up on travels, to show your love of certain destinations.
Designer Michael Habachy topped a coffee table purchased at a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams warehouse sale with a gold-studded tray by L'Objet and coffee table book, magnified by a Ralph Lauren crystal lens. Habachy used these items in a condo at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.
A dark wood finish and industrial framework makes up this contemporary shelf unit. The sturdy piece is a beautiful balance to the light color scheme and floral wallpaper. The shelves are dressed with a marble table lamp, complimenting the white walls, wicker baskets for texture and sizable coffee table books creating slight height variations in the display.
Have you kept any beloved books from your childhood or recent favorites? Then pair them by author, topic or color to add personality and height to a coffee table, in an affordable way. Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta uses flowers that remind them of the drawings in the books.
If you're looking to add a designer touch to your coffee table, consider adding stacks of art books. The trick to doing this effectively is to stack books at different heights and alternate between vertical and horizontal orientation.
Metallics add a modern touch to a room without breaking your budget. For table decor under $100, Parker Kennedy Living used a sea urchin from Target and a lacquer green and gold box from C Wonder. They didn't have to buy new books, since the homeowner already owned those, as well as the table.
Need easy access to magazines or favorite coffee table books, but worried you'll clutter up end tables and coffee tables? Clear acrylic magazine racks keep everything easily identifiable and within arms reach.
Gray and white patterned wallpaper lines the back of this built-in entertainment center to add interest and elevate the simple white shelving unit. Carefully styled shelves showcase family photos and pretty coffee table books.