Ivar Design Coffee table dressing

Designer’s note: the coffee table

The first coffee tables appear to have been made in Britain during the late Victorian era. Britain was the first country in Europe to specifically design coffee tables. Coffee tables have evolved stylistically ever since, and today you’ll find coffee tables inspired by a whole range of eras and locations, here are a few to get you started.

Mid-Century coffee table

Mid-century coffee tables have been most in vogue in recent year, and unsurprisingly they were heavily influenced by popular culture between the 1950s and 1960s. Mid-century modern coffee tables are recognised by their clean, simple lines and are often made with wooden or plastic frames. The wooden variants usually have a simple finish to emphasise the natural beauty of the wood.

Drexel Coffee Table

Rustic coffee tables

Commonly referred to as cottage or country-side coffee table, this style coffee table usually feature soft lines and detailing, such as turned legs which often add a warm cosy element to the table. Country style coffee tables usually have a more distressed or “rustic” appearance – hence the nomenclature.

Nicole Franzen Photos interior coffee tablePhotography by Nicole Franzen

Contemporary coffee tables

Though many people mistake contemporary and modern, contemporary style actually refers to what is currently popular today. This makes contemporary coffee tables a constantly changing style based on market trends.

Nicole Franzen Coffee table photo Photography by Nicole Franzen

Dressing your coffee table

In order to get the best out of your new coffee table, you should aim to be pretty good at dressing it. A rule of thumb which we like to stick to is balance and symmetry.

Composition can be tricky to accomplish, A well balanced coffee table allows symmetry which delivers a beautiful composition for your coffee table. The key is to think about how all the items on the coffee table work together as a whole. Colour tones, item sizes and shapes all come into play. Getting the composition of a display right takes practice, so feel free to play around with items and their placement until it feels right to you. On the other hand feel free to get in touch with us and we can guide you through your coffee table or home dressing needs.

Coffee table how to dress

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