North London FlatEclectic Living Room, London
Photo: Amelia Hallsworth © 2014 Houzz
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Stand asideIf your living room’s on the small side, a coffee table can be the final it-feels-really-cramped straw, hemming you in on the sofa so you can’t stretch your legs, and making it hard to move through the room. In this home, the alternative is a neat nest of tables providing a place for a lamp and even a few coffee table books – without the namesake piece of furniture. In block colours, these tables are an update on the traditional nest, and they can be doled out as necessary for visitors to set down a cuppa.
Make nesting tables your friendsWe mentioned a buffet table earlier, but ideally you should have party food distributed throughout the room. Why? For one, it prevents a bottleneck of people hanging out at the buffet. Also, it means you won’t have to walk around and play hostess if people aren’t coming up to the table to get nibbles. So spread out those nesting tables and position them near where people will be sitting or standing. Put finger foods on one, sweets on another and so on.
Revisit the nested tableNested tables have had a revival lately. Here, they’ve been reinvented in a very modern way. The block design and tonal colours look stunning together, and there’s no arguing with the practicality – three surfaces in one is a win-win.
Introduce bright colours for a welcome liftIn a neutral room, like this one with its plump grey sofa, a few vibrant accessories will give personality and confidence to the scheme. The sunny, metal-topped tables here are a great addition for several reasons: the colours are bold yet don’t overpower; they link to other accessories, such as a few choice cushions; the practical stacking design means there aren’t numerous surfaces cluttering the space (especially good in small homes) and the smooth tops are a breeze to clean.