We've all relaxed on a comfy couch at a friend's house, marveling at how the coaster on which you set your wine glass complements the beautiful coffee table centerpiece, which flows with and connects the decor of the entire room. Even if you aren't inherently design-savvy, you can create an equally chic display for your home with a little help from the showrooms in the Dallas Design District.
Find Your Canvas
In order to have a place to channel your efforts, first, you need to find a coffee table. Check out the wood, glass or metal designs at 20cDesign or find repurposed, recycled or reinvented pieces at Again & Again, both on North Riverfront Boulevard.
Sure, you can scour the internet or search for décor examples on Pinterest, but there's something to be said for actually experiencing a display in person. For ideas on artistic arrangements, visit F. Schumacher off Stemmons.
Find a Focal Point
To draw attention to your centerpiece, find a decorative accent such as an intricate box made of bone or lacquer, a unique sculpture, some glass or lacquered orbs or something from nature such as coral or a small tree branch. Find a classic tray on which to arrange your finds at Donghia or crystalize your coffee table with gorgeous pieces from Rox by CJ Designs at Bernadette Schaeffler.
Include a Little Color
Something lively and vibrant is always a good choice. Add a low vase with fresh flowers or an arrangement of deceptively realistic wax or silk plants. Stroll down Chemical Street to SJ Silk Designs, where you can find custom, permanent floral designs featuring gorgeously arranged plants, flowers and succulents.
Showcase Your Interests
Love fashion? Photography? Find a large coffee table book featuring your passion. They come in a rainbow of colors and patterns and are a great way to personalize your space. Add a whole stack to keep your guests visually and intellectually entertained while you pour the cocktails. Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman on Slocum Street and Ebanista offer lovely examples of how to stylistically arrange books.
There are so many ways to add personality to your coffee table and integrate its design into the rest of your home's decor. All you need is some inspiration, a spark of creativity and a visit to the Dallas Design District.