Even when you have a piece of furniture in a style that may not work with the rest of the room, you don't have to buy a new piece. Instead, if the wood is similar to other furniture, designer Devon Garner uses a long table runner and decorates with accessories that draw attention to the top. The cooper pieces were new, but she used a runner and sculpture that belonged to the homeowner.
Fake flowers and succulents from a discount home decor store beautify a tabletop. With these "permanent botanicals," Georgia designer Beth Johnson says the homeowners don't have to worry about plants dying when they're not able to visit their second home at the lake.
This coastal living room boasts beautiful blue hues inspired by the nearby Florida beach. Tabletop accessories, including nature photography books, resin-cast coral sculptures and clear glass desk accessories attract the eye without dominating the overall design scheme.
Don’t blow the budget on furniture such as a chest, console or end table of your dreams. Instead, style an existing piece of furniture with objects and lighting that have an interesting shape and texture and take cues from the style of the room. Scale is always important, says Atlanta designer Alice Cramer. Ensure your lamp and accessories don’t overpower, but complement, the piece of furniture.
Such a small pachyderm makes such a large impact nestled amongst other books and accessories. Using carefully curated books and knick-knacks in similar colors and tones keeps a space from feeling overcrowded. Adding a plant makes the arrangement come alive.
A glass-top coffee table, tufted ottomans and an artful display of tabletop accessories add visual richness and depth to the sitting area. Across the space, glints of gold impart a subtle gracefulness.
A generous sectional acts as divider to separate the kitchen from the living area while keeping sightlines open. Color comes from accent pillows and tabletop accessories, easy to switch out whenever the mood strikes.
"I love the look of high-end materials like marble and polished brass, but if you can't afford, say, an all-marble kitchen countertop, why not bring those materials into your space by using them on smaller pieces and home accessories? I have a table lamp with a marble base that adds a very posh touch to my home office." -Camille Styles, lifestyle blogger & Creative Director at CamilleStyles.com
A black wood dining table and chairs create a small dining area looking out over the city skyline. Potted plants and multicolor tabletop accessories add pops of color pulled from the the stunning city views.
To the side of the seating area, a tiered table holds court with wooden armchairs. A handsome blend of Medieval wood furnishings, an animal-print rug and an artful display of tabletop accessories bring character and rustic charm to the space.
This deck has a clever fabric canopy that shades guests as well as an artful arrangement of potted plants, candles and tabletop accessories. Tropical outdoor carpet anchors the space with texture and a graphic print, while a mix of wicker furniture offers comfy seating.
A long storage table turns this awkward wall into a functional space to store books, wine bottles and tabletop accessories. A bar stool fits under the unit to create a makeshift desk, and colorful art and a wooden sculpture hang above the table to add interest to the mostly neutral space.