Decorative objects are one of the best ways to exhibit your personal style. Whether you want to show off your love of nature, your fantasy art collection, or your eclectic design sensibility, decorative objects are a great way to finish of an interior home design. And since furniture stores have liberal return policies when it comes to decorative objects, don’t be afraid to experiment. Pick some unlikely combinations, and see what sticks. Our senior designers have these tips for picking the perfect decorative objects.
Go For Some Color
Decorative objects are a great way to add dashes of color to an otherwise neutral design scheme. In this Central Park West penthouse, we used the client’s existing art pieces as a palette inspiration for the rest of the home. Check out the acrylic amoeba sculpture that we sourced from Jonathan Adler.
Rules of Threes
When picking out decorative objects, remember to group them in threes. It will create a natural symmetry on your table, and will make it easier to mix and match objects in different shapes and sizes. To give this Gramercy co-op a sleek, modern touch, we sourced a triplet of reflective glaze vases from West Elm.
Our senior designers love using trays to corral objects together. It keeps a space looking cohesive, and can add an extra layer of depth or color to your coffee table. In this Upper West Side formal room, we sourced a round lacquer tray from West Elm, to add a splash of color, and to compliment a triplet of circular coffee tables.
Mix and Match Decorative Objects
When picking decorative objects, don’t be afraid to mix and match styles. In this Four Seasons luxury condo, we picked a triplet of table objects with contrasting shapes and materials, including a ceramic chain link from The Future Perfect. Just remember, when mixing and matching decorative objects, group them in threes, or corral them together with a tray. It’ll keep your table eclectic without looking haphazard.
Books can be decorative objects too. Whether or not you’ve actually had a chance to read them, a well-curated selection of art books is a great way to style a table. It’ll give your guests something to read through when you’re busy in the kitchen, and will show off you individualized artistic taste. We love perusing through the MoMA online design store for art and design books.
One way to create a compelling table design is to contrast natural and synthetic materials. If you’re looking to incorporate a few natural elements into your home, then consider snagging some geodes for your coffee table. They’re a great way to add natural elements, while maintaining a sleek, contemporary look. We sourced some geodes from Z Gallerie to style the coffee table in this mid-century home away from home.