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Need to dress up a coffee table? It’s all in the right accessories

SHARE Need to dress up a coffee table? It’s all in the right accessories

Cocktail tables, particularly those in the living room, can be showy.

To accomplish this simply is a matter of placing the right accessories on it. The table itself can be plain or exotic; that doesn't matter. The finishing touches are always going to get the attention.A collection of vases, all with a unifying theme such as all-silver or all-glass or all-blue, etc., would be one idea. They can all be empty, or one or two of them could have flowers in them. A few big picture books is another eye catcher. Add to that a live plant in an interesting container, and a simple cocktail table has become well-accessorized.

Or a few fresh, tall flowers in a crystal vase always look gracious on a table. Depending on the size of the table, and the size of the vase and flowers, that might be all some cocktail tables need.

Three big balls of various sizes and made of wood is a good start for another table. Add to those a couple of tall, fat wooden candleholders with big round candles in them, and the look is almost complete. Now for the finishing touch. Add a pulled orchid plant. And, bingo, classic look.

One more idea: a clock collection. Okay, another idea: three individual faces carved out of wood. Just one more: a short, full and bushy plant that covers at least half of the table top.

Enough ideas to get started?