Living Room Furniture

  • How to decorate a coffee table

    Your coffee table serves an undoubtedly useful function in your home. But whether you have an ornate marble top table, a rustic oak design or a sleek, minimalist glass top piece, your coffee table can end up looking lacklustre if it’s not styled properly.

    It’s time to see this essential item of furniture for what it is - a canvas that can be used to project your style and personality. With a little effort, you can say goodbye to bland and create a conversation starter in your living room. Whether you’re an earth lover who’s drawn to the natural look, a quirky collector of knick-knacks or a stylish devotee of clean lines and monochromatic design, you can make your coffee table work for you.

    In this article, we show you how to add some oomph to this part of your home with some clever tricks and tips.

    How to dress a coffee table

    Whatever your style preferences, following a few golden rules should help you to achieve a chic coffee table look.

    Rule 1: Less is more

    It doesn’t matter if you own the biggest collection of art books known to man or you’ve managed to amass every candle that Jo Malone has ever released, when it comes to your coffee table, less is more. Having a few statement pieces helps to maintain a simple, uncluttered look and creates focus in your home. And remember, you can rotate items over time. So while you may go for Gauguin and gardenia one month, you might swap to Warhol and wood sage the next.

    Rule 2: Variety is key

    Create contrast and interest by using a range of textures and colours. It helps to vary the height and size of items on your table too. For example, you could pair a delicate white orchid with a heavy metallic sculpture. Or you could put two tall gold candle holders next to an asymmetrical ceramic bowl.

    Rule 3: Create harmony with colour

    Bold pops of colour can work well against neutral design schemes but try to keep colours complementary. For example, if you have a pastel theme running through your living room, brash primary colours may look out of place. Similarly if you have a lot of vibrant hues in your space, you might find that more subtle shades can cause your coffee table pieces to fade into the background.

    a decorated coffee table in an elegant sitting room.

    What to put on a coffee table

    As we’ve already said, your coffee table presents an opportunity to showcase who you are. So there’s a whole range of items you could choose to put on it, from vintage fashion magazines, to antique trinkets, to natural artifacts, to contemporary decorative figurines. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    Books

    Whether you love 80s sci-fi cover art, you want to show off your intellectual credentials with a Nietsche hardback or you’d like to start conversations with a display of guilty pleasures, you can’t go wrong when it comes to books. We find that big often works best but there are no hard and fast rules. If you have a small table, for example, a classic Jane Austen paperback may work beautifully.

    Flowers

    A bouquet of flowers can act as the perfect coffee table centrepiece. You could create an arrangement of peonies in a low glass vase for a subtle, fresh look. Or for a more dramatic effect, why not add some roses and baby’s breath to a wine bottle?

    Art

    From bold geometric sculptures, to decorative mother and child resin statues, to kitschy rubber duck-lookalikes, displaying art on your coffee table can add flair and interest. It can also tell visitors a bit about you.

    How to accessorise a coffee table

    Whether you’re looking to upgrade a well-loved coffee table or add a personal touch to a new addition, we have accessory ideas to get you thinking.

    Runners

    A simple runner can transform the look of a table. The textures, patterns and colours can create visual interest and make your table look truly at home in your space.

    Coasters

    Spice up your table with some interesting coasters. From handmade pieces made from recycled newspaper, to rustic olive wood designs, to coasters made to look like your favourite vinyl records, there are a host of great options out there when it comes to finding something to put your drink on.

    Storage

    Whether you choose a fancy decorative box, a raffia basket or a simple wooden tray, a storage solution can help to keep remote controls, matches, phones and other odds and ends from making your table look unsightly.

    How to arrange books on a coffee table

    Show off those spines by arranging a small stack of books by colour or size. Top the arrangement with a succulent for a really chic look. Alternatively, create balance by placing two books face-up at either side of a centrepiece. If you have a two tier table, you might choose to create a few stacks of books at even height on the lower tier for a neat, sophisticated appearance.

    What to put on a glass coffee table

    Glass is derived from the natural world so natural objects can work really well on this kind of surface. Coral, crystals, natural beads, seashells and greenery can all compliment a glass coffee table exquisitely.

    If you have a mirrored tabletop, you could play around with perception by placing a chandelier on the ceiling above it. Candlelight also looks fantastic on a reflective surface so why not add some tea lights or
    votives (glass candles) to your table?

    Fern xx

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  • How to decorate a plain mirror

    Mirrors are the perfect accessory for making a living space look brighter and more spacious. When chosen and used correctly, a suitable mirror can be capable of bringing all elements of the room together, so it’s no wonder that so many people introduce them into their living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways.

    You can choose the perfect new mirror for you by identifying a desired shape, frame colour and design, but you could also consider making alterations to an existing mirror if it’s not exactly right. Whether you want to change the look of a mirror to suit the colour and design of the room it’s going in, add more vibrance to a dull and lifeless mirror or update a mirror you already own, it’s possible to decorate a mirror in a number of ways to suit the aesthetic you’re going for.

    How to decorate a wall mirror

    If you want to decorate a wall mirror, there are several ways to do it. For example, you could:

    Add a pattern or image to the mirror -

    Print or cut out the outline of a pattern or image and paint over it to leave a unique shape on your mirror. You can do this using paint, spray paint or other arts and crafts materials such as glitter. Then simply remove the stencil to reveal a sleek, handmade design.

    Create a unique frame -

    Using pieces of felt, plastic or even coloured paper, you could create an overlapping pattern along the outside of the mirror to form a makeshift frame. This is especially useful for frameless mirrors, and all you need is a selection of identical pieces of material to create the frame and a glue gun to attach the pieces.

    Fit the mirror into other objects -

    If you no longer like the design of your mirror, you could remove it from the frame, pick an item to work as a new border and simply fix it into position in its new frame. For instance, you could fit your mirror to a luxurious picture frame, or for something a little quirkier, you could secure it in an unexpected item such as the circular section of an old badminton racket.

    Upcycle the mirror into another home accessory -

    Minor alterations could be made to your mirror to turn it into another type of accessory. For instance, If your mirror has an elegant frame, you could add a layer of felt to the back, fix handles to the sides and use it as a tray for serving afternoon tea, displaying other ornaments or showcasing the contents of a dressing table.

    A luxurious mirror hanging on a patterned wall.

    How to disguise a cracked mirror

    Mirror redecoration is often done simply to accentuate or refresh the design of this item. However, if your mirror has become damaged and you want to keep it, you may decide to decorate it as a method of disguising a crack so that you can continue to proudly display it in your home.

    There are several ways of decorating a mirror to cover up flaws. For example, you could attach a pattern of tiles to the affected area and do the same to the opposite side for symmetry. If the crack is in the corner or at one of the sides of the mirror, you could fix a floral arrangement to the mirror or simply place a vase or large ornament in front of it.

    Fern xx

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  • Bespoke Furniture

    For us at Crown French Furniture, the most important thing is making each piece of our furniture perfect for everyone of our customers. When ordering from us you can rest assured that we will be able to make a piece that is perfect for your home. Our website showcases our finest collections of French, reproduction, contemporary and shabby chic style furniture. But if you can't quite find what you are looking for, we can create a design that is unique to your own individual taste.

    How do we do it?

    Using local craftsmen, upholsterers, carpenters and painters we can alter the finish of any of our products to make them to your individual taste. But don't just take our word for it, above are some images of what we have created or altered for our customers.... Some might say, hand crafted to perfection...

    Our furniture makers have honed their craft over many years. They are proud craftsmen who constantly provide the highest quality of construction. We work to the exact specifications of our customers to create the most sensational designs. If your dining room, bedroom or living room has an awkward alcove we can provide a solution. If you are simply looking for a different colour, consider it done. We can create furniture that is unique to you because we believe in being yourself!

    We always back our star player in the role of customised beds, in rain or shine we love our Sophia Button Upholstered French bed. Its clean, its crisp and its simple yet ornate, it possesses gentle curves that stop it from becoming overpowering and also boasts classical carved features.

    Materials and finishes...

    All of our lovely products are sourced from carefully chosen highly respected manufacturers who share our commitment to quality, longevity and value for money. We use solid wood, antiqued mirrors and metal to create our collections.

    As the majority of our French and contemporary furniture is hand crafted from quality solid wood, they do need to be treated with a certain amount of after care.

    Why personalise...

    Every home is unique and every home should feel that way. If every home was the same, life would get very boring very quickly. The space you live in often defines the way that you live and when you customise the furniture that is in that space can be a direct expression of yourself and how you want to live. The main focus on our furniture is the balance between beauty, practicality and comfort, but the finish should also complement the personality of the people in it. When our customers come to us with an idea, we can make it a reality with 1-1 care throughout the process.

     

    Fern xx

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  • Dorset Collection

    We have just added a new collection of contemporary furniture. The Dorset Range is here! And with it brings fabulous new sofa's, lounge chairs, dining furniture and much more. We already have some new favourite pieces from the range. We are so pleased with it and hope that you are to. :)

    Crown French

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