The wheel gets a ton of credit. I see why, of course. We’re going from A to B anywhere because of it. But what’s interesting with the wheel (if you think about it) is that it is not necessarily the object that deserves applause, it is the form. Without her curves, one wheel would not be the powerful tool it is. Which brings me to my point: sometimes the greatest transformations occur in the simplest curve of a line. Take the humble coffee table. Swap a rectangle or square against a round version and your living room suddenly inherits a stream. It is this ease impact that inspired my research every coffee table decorating ideas.
But before we get to styling tips, I want to explore the tricks behind the round version of this living room staple. When is it ideal to choose curved edges over their 90 degree counterparts? And is a round (or even oval) coffee table ideal for any space?
Not so much, interior designer Meghan Basinger responds to the latter. “It’s only really appropriate in certain situations,” the founder and director of Stevie Interiors tells me. “You have to think about the room, the big picture, and consider the other main elements.”
In an effort to make the most of the trend curved lines (that’s right, they are huge in the decor of 2022), I called on Basinger for her advice on when to choose soft edges rather than hard. And, of course, the best decorating ideas for any round coffee table. Here it is made.
Characteristic picture by Ashlee Fox
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The best part for a round coffee table
A round coffee table works best in a space with a couch and chaise, or a full sectional sofa. These types of sofas, which typically take up more space, have lots of harsh lines, so a round table softens the look, Basinger says. “It fits perfectly in the small corner” and adds flow.
Image by Alea Moore, courtesy of Stevie Interiors.
Another ideal setting is when you want to design a more formal sitting arrangement. Basinger likes to place four comfy lounge chairs around a larger round coffee table, creating an intimate spot for cocktails, conversation, and even game night.
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The unexpected benefits of a round coffee table
When there are little ones running around, a round coffee table can be a little… kinder. “We have clients with young children who often fall over and hit the corner of the table,” she says. Of course, if it’s a square or rectangular shape, it’s not always so nice! »
How does a round coffee table in small houses
This is perfect when space is limited, says Basinger. “It’s great if you have not much space for the low round tables generally tend to be smaller and do not take as much space as a square or rectangular coffee table.” To crowded apartments, such as urban studios, looking round option with a glass top, which, she said, “this gives more ventilation feeling.”
Keep scrolling for 3 tips that will help you style your round coffee table like a pro
Image by Alea Moore, courtesy of Stevie Interiors
#1: Layer it Up
This applies to the style of a coffee table or shelf, says Basinger. Think in terms of heights and textures and layer them on the table. “A stack of coffee table books. A container with fresh or dried flowers. And perhaps another object, as something vintage or brass candlesticks.
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#2: Think in 3s
Avoid over-decorating a round coffee table. “I always tell people to avoid a congestion lot,” suggests Basinger. “This should be intentional.” You can accomplish this by keeping the three sections, creating a balanced look.
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#3: Keep it Tonal
For a clean look, keep everything in the same hues or complementary tones. And again, play with varying heights and textures. This will keep it clean and uncluttered look.
What about oval coffee tables?
Yes! exclaims Basinger, who likes to pair an oval with a simple sofa without a chaise. This adds the flow of a curved edge with a bit more length. Basinger also suggests looking into the funkier, quirkier round coffee tables, some of which feature chunky bases, concrete detailing, and even funkier shapes. Either way, stepping away from hard edges will take you on a decorating adventure. “Rounds are a little more fun.”
Image by Michelle Nash