Styling your table top is an essential part of home decorating; it adds that extra layer of interest to a room by creating a focal point and is a great way to reflect your personality and style! However, without this important element, your interior can appear unfinished or incomplete.
You can add the finishing touches to a room by creating a table top that is both artful and functional. To achieve this consider embracing the elements of wood, metal, glass, ceramic and woven textures. Adding depth and dimension, this beautiful quintet of materials celebrates some of the top trends for 2016.
These timeless materials will play an essential role in making your home the centre of attention. Mixing all of these key ingredients together will give you an edge in creating a unique space with a cool temperament, natural warmth and a distinctive playfulness.
Styling your dining table, coffee table, book shelf or credenza is the perfect way to introduce these raw and natural elements to your home with ease.
Below are some fabulous examples of home decor accessories that are perfect for creating an artful table top!
Amanda Dziedzic Glass
Deciding between "Display Domes" or "Ikebana Australiana" by Melbourne glass artist Amanda Dziedzic was impossible as no two pieces are ever identical. A hand blown cloche in bright colours with a turned timber base in Victorian Ash, versus; a traditional and honoured, Japanese inspired floral vessel that caters to Australian natives. Which is your favourite?!
Unique and playful, these porcelain hanging planters by Angus & Celeste are inspired by elaborate jelly moulds of the 18th and 19th century. These pretty pastel pieces are suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces and can be suspended or placed upon a surface.
Textile design studio Bonnie & Neil bring botanical motifs, bright patterns, and a nod to Australiana culture with their sensational collection of designs. Their “Eco Ply Wooden Storage Cubes'' are a shining example and can also be used a decorative table top accessory.
Raw and natural with a hint of bling, Bridget Bodenham’s amazing collection of ceramics are almost too beautiful to use. If in doubt, they make a perfect display piece.
“Pressed dahlia” is the latest of Chilewich’s “pressed” technique using a woven vinyl textile. This beautiful lace-like place mat is a must-have design for any table.
From Sweden to Sydney, Funkis’ hand-made timberware, porcelain and clay designs are inspired from Nordic and Japanese cultures and reflect the typical characteristics of simplicity and elegance.
The “Flora” candle holder by Ito Kish reflects the simplicity of pure white combined with the repetition of pattern and shape to create a beautiful sense of peace and tranquillity. The baluster design references vintage Philippines, inspired by the mouldings used on ventanillas (little windows) to enable air to flow through traditional Philippines houses.
Koa by Kaitlin
Designed by Australian Industrial Designer Kaitlin Liddell, “Koa” is a playful range of designer stoneware cups. Each cup is hand-carved by local artisans from urban and rural communities in Bali, and then brought to life through kilns that run on renewable energy. That’s bound to bring a smile to your morning coffee or afternoon tea!
Fruit for thought: MRD Home’s cute timber fruit collection and platter is hand made from Suar wood with a natural oiled or stained black version. Combined, they make a striking table top feature.
Jaime Hayon for Paola C
Hailing from Italy the “Titus I, II, III” have been designed by Spanish icon designer Jaime Hayon for the Paola C. brand. Jaw droppingly beautiful, Jamie’s coloured glass vases come in gunmetal, brass, or copper with a silver plated or brushed brass base. They’re not yet stocked in Australia but can be shipped!
Celebrating L’Art de Vivre the “SV 10 Vase” designed by Pia Wüstenberg for Roche Bobois is a stunning piece that combines blown glass with a copper or brass base and a larch wood top. This item can be shipped to Australia.
Sarai’s metallic concrete candle set will rock your socks off! Made from Concrete which is a sustainable material, each piece is carefully set in recycled moulds to support a green world. Each piece is hand painted with a pop of colour to brighten up any room!
Escape to paradise with Satara’s coastal cool collection of sculptural, white lid vases. Made with Paulownia wood they are perfect for adding a touch of natural style to your home décor.
Unlock the secret to unknown culinary universes whilst dining in style with Seletti’s “Keytlery” Gold plated cutlery set. A guaranteed conversation starter as well as a functional statement piece for the table.
The “Ice-cream vase” by Takeawei is sweet as! One can’t go past the lip licking, powdery pastel shades and inspired sorbet tones.
The Design Farm’s GLOH range teams sustainably produced timber with polished copper highlights. Hand made with love, the vessels come in all shapes, sizes and colours. The GLOH lamp being the highlight of the collection!
Tom Dixon does it again with his “Plum”, “Elements” and “Cog” collections and I just can’t get enough! Enjoy summer with his Plum Ice Bucket and Plum Cocktail Shaker and for summer nights with the Elements Water Candle, Cog Candle Holder and Cog Tea Light Holder Cylinder.
Tree Horn Design
Tree Horn Designs hand crafted colourful range of kitchen boards are made from sustainably grown Tassie Oak. The coloured section of the board is bright and opaque, offering a glimpse of the timber pattern beneath. Mixing the two mediums of colour and natural timber really make the boards “pop”.
A tea set with a twist: the “Maccha Bowl” set by Wingnut & Co. embraces modest design, natural materials and simple textures. Available in various colours, it is made from ceramic and recycled White Oak collected from local workshops.