Greetings, friends! It’s Amy, from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes, back for another Home and Garden post!
It’s snowing yet again as I write this, but I’m happy to say that we finally got a break from single-digit temperatures. I’m chomping at the bit to do a post about something springy, but for now, we’ll have to stay indoors. This weather is for the birds!
One thing I accomplished this winter, was sprucing up the table in my entry hall. It looked OK the way it was…well, OK, if your definition of decor is keys, mail and a bag of stuff to return to Home Goods.
It just needed to be styled. I didn’t do anything too dramatic here; in fact, let’s call my improvement a “tweak.”
If you’d like to tweak a tabletop (that sounds weird, doesn’t it? ), I’ve got a few tips.
Tip #1: Start with something tall.
A lamp, vase, sculpture, tall man, if he’s game…whatever you want to be the focal point on one side of the table.
Tip #2: Do a balancing act.
Balance the other side with something tall, but not as tall. I used candlesticks that are a little shorter than the lamp. I like that they are different heights, and that the candles are the same color as the lampshade.
Tip #3: Vary the heights.
Adding items of different heights is good exercise for your eyeballs. From the candles, the eye travels down to the statue (in case you are wondering, he’s not dusty, that’s his natural patina)…
From the statue to the small box (don’t tell anyone, but that’s where I stash my gummy worms)…
From the box to the picture frames …and back up to the lamp. It’s a visual aerobic workout! Oh, and isn’t my son handsome? He looks just like his dad — they’ve got the same nose!
Tip #4: Use a large object on the wall to unify the pieces on the table.
Humor me here, and visualize this space without the mirror. The objects on the table would seem…lost, no? A mirror, painting, clock, etc. connects the dots of your tabletop items.
Tip #5: Choose a color scheme…or not.
I limited my colors to black and gold. With the bold red wallpaper, any other colors would have made this space look “halucious,” as my mother would say. I happen to like how a color scheme unites the objects on the table. But, if your space is neutral, and can handle different colors, by all means, go for it.
Tip #6: Make it personal.
Add something with your personal stamp, so the table doesn’t look like it belongs in a showroom. Because this table is in my entrance hall, I wanted it to say “this is who lives here” (the kid with no face), so I used family photos.
This isn’t meant to be the be-all and end-all list of how to style a tabletop, but if you start with these six tips, you should have a pretty good result.
Let’s hope that next month, we’re doing something outdoors. See you in April!