A sofa table is a highly functional piece of furniture, but that does not mean it cannot be decorated to create a beautiful focal point in a living room. There is so much you can do to it to enhance it, within a restricted budget.
If you are a decorating enthusiast, you probably already have a lot of ideas off the top of your head. For those of you who aren't into decorating as much but would still like to do something to make these tables look more lively, here are some great ideas.
Simple and Unique Ideas
The extent to which you can decorate a sofa table depends on the shape, size and utility of the table. If the table is used for a variety of purposes, then the lesser there is on the table, the better.
A very low table can be decorated with slightly taller elements, while a table of the regular height will require smaller elements so that they don't block out one person's view of another. So here are some very simple to execute ideas.
Without hindering the top of the table, these elements will add a unique decorative aspect to your living room and the seating area. You may also use colorful artificial plants for that much-needed but subtle dash of color.
Use a simple table cover made of lace or even silk, and use carved wooden block tea-light holders on each corner to hold the table cover in place. Light these up in the evenings to create a relaxing atmosphere.
If you can, add a water feature to the center of the table such as a bowl with water and flower petals or floating candles to it. Brought together, these elements are enough to transform your seating area and the sofa table into a dazzling haven.
Collections of miniatures such as pots, animal figurines, stick figures, or even cars and bikes can be placed in the center or one corner of the table to create a focal point. Don't overdo it. Just 2-3 miniatures are fine. Usually, pots of different heights and sizes with one flower each in them do the trick.
Combine different colored wine and champagne glasses of different heights, (say 4-5 at the center of the table), and fill them with sand at different levels. Now place tea lights in them, and voila! Your simple table decoration is ready. You don't need to do anything else with your table.
If you have trouble finding colored glasses, make a little project of your own and paint them. You will have a personalized centerpiece that no one else will have, and a great one at that.
But remember that once you do this, there is no way you should add anything else to it or around it. Just like colorful rugs, you can create a gorgeous, colorful coffee table and see the magic it creates in the space around.
Remember that you do not want to overdo anything. Keep it simple but decorative; let it be the focal point but not steal all the attention. This takes a lot of trial and error, which you can safely do, and then decide eventually what you want your table and its surroundings to look like. Enjoy bringing out the decorator in you!