Decorating Strategy: How to Use Small Furniture As Your Final Layer

Decorating Strategy: How to Use Small Furniture As Your Final Layer

Dabney Frake
Aug 13, 2015

After you’ve figured out paint color, window treatments, hung artwork and picked out lighting, it’s time to add the final touches to your space. It's these things that ultimately make a space look textured, thoughtful and unique. And here's a tip: small tables and other furniture are the best when it comes to layering.

(Image credit: Skona Hem)

An antique table underneath a modern console, from Skona Hem, creates extra visual interest through the contrasting styles, and adds a little extra storage.

(Image credit: Haus Maus)

The white stool or folding table in Holly Becker's porch would have been too small if used on its own. But when paired with a higher drum table, the combo of the three tables — all different styles and materials — becomes more interesting and proportionate.

(Image credit: Home Life)

A bench at the foot of the bed is extra seating and a convenient way to store extras, like shoes. This bedroom from Home Life, shows it is also great visual transition from the bed to the rest of the room.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

Ottomans are always handy because they fit in tight spaces and make for perfect extra seating in a pinch. In this photo from Better Homes & Gardens, a clear coffee table also gets an shot of color.

(Image credit: La Dolce Vita)

Add a lower side table to the dining room for the overflow of side dishes and drinks during dinner parties. Above, Andrew Brown's 1930s cottage in Birmingham, Alabama.

(Image credit: Lonny)

This trunk locker in a Lonny living room is the perfect size for that awkward space between two windows.

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